Mardi Gras Celebrations

While Mardi Gras is known by different names throughout the world, anyone attending one of these high-energy celebrations will be sure to have a good time watching parades and eating sweet treats.  Fat Tuesday falls on February 17 this year, but the party has already started in St. Louis and New Orleans.  Since both of these cities have strong French roots, it’s no surprise that they know how to host amazing Mardi Gras celebrations.  Read on to learn more about these places where Mardi Gras is celebrated: New Orleans With over 50 parades taking place throughout the entire Mardi Gras season, you won’t be at a loss for things to do in New Orleans.  The Krewe of Bacchus parade—which takes place on February 15 this year—is one of the main parades in the city and has been known to include celebrities, such as William Shatner, in its lineup.  The Krewe d’Etat parade on February 13 features a satirical theme and never discloses what the specific parade theme will be until the day-of.  This parade features Mardi Gras floats, along with a parade Captain and officers on horseback.  If you’re looking for a kid-friendly event, the Krewe of Mid-City parade is great for children.  This parade will occur on February 15. After the parades, try a delicious king cake at Manny Randazzo King Cakes.  A traditional king cake is a braided cinnamon pastry covered in icing, but you can also indulge in lemon, pecan praline, and other king cake varieties.  Bananas Foster and beignets are also famous New Orleans desserts that you should try while you’re in The Big Easy. St. Louis While New Orleans may be well known for its Mardi Gras celebrations, St. Louis also throws a huge bash in the name of Fat Tuesday.  On Friday, February 13, dress in black tie and head to the Rotunda of St. Louis City Hall to attend the Mayor’s Mardi Gras Ball.  There will be food and cocktails, and you can dance the night away to music from That 80’s Band.  Don’t stay up too late, though, because the next day is the Bud Light Grand Parade, which boasts over 100 floats and has more than enough beads to go around.  The fun doesn’t stop there!  The Light up the Night Fat Tuesday Parade will wind through the downtown St. Louis streets on February 17. So pack your bags and get ready to catch those famous Mardi Gras beads!  Attend one of these celebrations, and you won’t be bored or hungry this Fat Tuesday.
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