Fun is free, so when Mardi Gras time arrives you must throw off the shackles of your Protestant work ethic and join in the season's greatest fun free-for-all. After all, the best things in life are feelings.
There are still some missing neighborhoods, but the visitor infrastructure is happening and the hotels and restaurants are open and waiting for your contribution to the local economy. For 2009 we made a major addition of CarnavalCity.com/New Orleans Mardi Gras. Find out about this year's Mardi Gras with our 2009 update in the foto visitor guide.
was the first Krewe to hold an organized daytime Parade and remains the main
event Parade of Mardi Gras Day. It is responsible for the majority of the
concepts which accompany modern day parades...the official Mardi Gras flag
and colors...the anthem of the Carnival...and one of the most popular
throws, the doubloon.
"New Orleans is self-conscious about its history and uses Mardi Gras to reconfirm its image as Southern, Catholic and French. It displays its food, its jazz and its reputation for being "naughty." -- Burt Wolf for Salon.com
Mardi Gras History by
What is Mardi Gras? History Part I
"Celebrate the death of winter and the rebirth of nature, ultimately recommitting the individual to the spiritual and social codes of the culture."
|Lists of Links|
Jester's guide has photos, tons of links, and a listing of beautiful and unique Mardi Gras products.
(6) Mardi Gras & New Orleans Web Rings
|Parade Schedules & Maps|
|Krewes & Bands|
of Pontchartrain || ;
Knights of Sparta || Founded 1951. The Bards is one of the premiere parading organizations, riding on the most exciting night of the Mardi Gras season "Lundi Gras," or Fat Monday. They invite you to join them
Krewe of ELVIS
(est. 1999) || jestermg.com/
Led by the owner of the most linked to Mardi gras web site Chip of Chip's Links aka Dead Elvis
Jefferson City Buzzards
(1890) The first band to sort of march Uptown on Mardi Gras morning
The port City of Mobile, Alabama is home to the second largest Mardi Gras celebration in the world. Located about 130 miles East of New Orleans on the I-10. It follows a pre-Lenten schedule and supports two dozen parades. In between is more Mississippi Mardi Gras country. The float tradition of Mardi Gras began in Mobile and then there's those Moonpies.
Get the official scoop on doing Mardi Gras in Mobile
Each year, MAMGA presents King Elexis I and his queen, the Mammoth
Parade, and the Grand Marshall's Ball. Tickets available -- Mobile's largest
parade happens late afternoon on Fat Tuesday.
Viva La Mardi Gras
"In 1852 the Cowbellion de Rakin Society of Mobile took their parade
to New Orleans where they introduced the city to its first themed float
parade. 5 years later, 6 CdRS members founded the Mistick Krewe of Comus"
For Gulf Port and Biloxi news,
"We hope to make it nicer for the families." said Frankie Duggan, the Police Department's chief of services. In 1998, Biloxi shortened the time gap between the afternoon parade and the night parade so people would have less time to drink
Lafayette, Louisiana is thoroughly entrenched in the aura of family,
religion, a live-and-let-live philosophy of life and an intense sense of its own history
and place in the world.
Greater Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association "Established in 1934,"Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association" was created to assure there would be a yearly, citywide Mardi Gras celebration in Lafayette. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors consisting of thirty men and women from the community who have a common interest -- Mardi Gras." || Krewes
|Louisiana Carnival and Travel|
Louisiana Travel ||
Mardi Gras search
Louisiana Travel Books: 16 at amazon.com
Baton Rouge City Guide has pics, parade routes, krewe links and more!
A Carnival where the soul of New Orleans meets the spirit of Texas in the form of Rock and Mexican Tejano music. Search Houston Chronicle for "mardi+gras"
|Mardi Gras Indians|
|The mystery and majesty of
the Carnival celebration has been represented in New Orleans for the last 100 years
by Mardi Gras Indians. In the 21st century it has become much easier to
encounter Indians. At one time most revelers will not see a Mardi Gras Indian, who
prefer free form paths in their own neighborhoods where visitors are told
not to wander. The first
Indians dressed simply and fought violent gang wars on battlefronts. More
recently, however, they've competed for the best songs, dances and costumes
Mardi Gras Indians
Masking an Indian
Carnival Ball Protocol by icorp.net
Very important for traditional Krewes--no lady is allowed to enter the ball if she is wearing a hat.... In recent times, certain Krewes have produced big-time, open to the public, shows.
Advice for the serious party guys Waiting for a parade is a great time to talk to locals. Outside the Quarter, Mardi Gras is a family affair and parents bring children to the parades so really obnoxious behavior here is inappropriate. Save it for Bourbon Street.
Mardi Gras Do's
& Dont's by .mardigrasneworleans.com
Mardi Gras beads....the currency of Carnival? The down low on throws
"Be warned! If you're at your first parade and reach down to pick up a doubloon with your hand, your fingers may never be the same!"
Balcony Envy: Some balconies on Bourbon Streetnow rent to private parties for over $1000/hour or you can find one to hang out at like the Cat's Meow
(bal masque, tableau ball) - A masked gathering where scenes representing the Krewe's theme are enacted
|Psychic Guidance - Voodoo|
Mysterious Marie Laveau Voodoo Queen and Folk Tales Along the Mississippi
Have you gotten a King Cake baby lately? "It is, after all, meant to be a mystery." The King's Cake tradition stems from the ancient tribal custom of choosing a "sacred king" for one year and then sacrificing him in a Carnival ceremony before returning his body to the earth to insure a successful harvest. Probably the earliest application of the often frustrated popular people's will of imposing term limits on politicians... More locally, some krewes use a lottery with gold coins or tiny plastic babies to decide their royalty. Cajun & Creole & New Orleans Food
Tabasco.com/mg_recipes 20 recipes from this very hot sauce.
Nosh in the spirit of NO year round with these tasty Creole-Cajun Recipes.
Ten to consider:
|Kids & Families|
G. Raccoon by mardi.com
|Gay Mardi Gras|
Krewe of Armeinius: Spreading the culture of gay mardi gras
The Bourbon Street Awards
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Bourbon Street Forum || Mardi Gras Forum || at nolalive.com/forums/
where you can find dozens of other community forums
Several good lurkers to choose from
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|Sounds & Music|
Music show neworleansonline.com
15 classic anthems with an intro by Ron Cuccia
"the delicious tingle of excitement you get from enjoying life so much."
|Most Popular Mardi Gras Music at amazon now|
"...based on the theory that if people take one week to be as debauched as they possibly can, they'll be too worn out to sin until Easter."
For a breakdown of the mythical figures, Christian influences, and and explanation of what the heck those masks are all about, read Russell K. Tardo's The Spirit of Mardi Gras.
Youtube Mardi Gras Videos quantity but no quality yet
|Post Mardi Gras|
The first and foremost parade critic is Rex Duke and he
writes for the lively weekly Gambit. Check out what he has to say about your
krewes past and presently here
Post you still have your poster.mardigrasgraphics.com/ signed
by the artist Andrea Mistretta
Howz your bod? Aches from Stretching for Beads, and Other Maladies tend to grow with age. Try some stretches from backandbodycare.com
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