Mardi Gras New Orleans 2017

'Throw Me Something Mister'

Mardi Gras is a season of revelry and romance, of madness and music, of parades and parties, of comic costuming in the streets and grandiose private masquerade balls. Mardi Gras is a time when the gaudy and the gorgeous all come together for one all-encompassing blowout. From the regal to the ridiculous, New Orleans Mardi Gras has it all!

The date of Mardi Gras is set to occur 46 days before Easter and can fall as early as February 3 or as late as March 9. Mardi Gras day 2017 is February 26, and ends on Fat Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

During the 12 days preceding Mardi Gras, more than 60 parades and hundreds of private parties, dances and masked balls are annually scheduled in the metro area.

Fat Tuesday is a legal holiday in New Orleans, a day when half the city turns out in costume to watch the other half parade! Then, promptly at midnight, the party's over as Ash Wednesday ushers in the austere Lenten season.

The single custom that most distinguishes Mardi Gras parades is that of throws - trinkets tossed from the floats - which turn New Orleans parades into unmatched crowd participation events."Throw Me Something Mister" is the battle cry of the million-plus people who line the parade routes. Most popular among the millions of throws are those that illustrate the organization's logo and the parade's theme, including plastic drinking cups, medallion necklaces and colorful aluminum coins called doubloons……..To view video about throws click here

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What kid wouldn't love Mardi Gra?

The festival seems like it was made for children, with floats derived from the depths of the most ingenious imaginations, costumes and masks that express an unending creativity, bold colors and joyous music abounding throughout the city. And most importantly, the beads, doubloons and other treats thrown to the crowds from the floats are a child's delight.

Y'ALL COME

But after all is said and done, Mardi Gras remains an event and a spirit that must be experienced to be understood.

From the bawdy behavior of Bourbon Street to the family festival that Mardi Gras is everywhere else, the Carnival season in New Orleans truly defies description.

Parts of this  article was written by Arthur Hardy, publisher of the annual Mardi Gras Guide magazine.

 

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