Ready to wear your purple, green and gold, to catch some beads, and to yell "Throw me somethin' Mister"? Fat Tuesday is quickly approaching! With the big day falling on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, book your room now so you don't miss out on the fun!
This year, revelers are in for atreat. Along with the largest Carnival in the United States, New Orleans will be the host for one of the largest sporting events in the world - Super Bowl XLVII- on February 3, 2012.
To make room for the Big Game, Mardi Gras will be put "on hold" for the weekend leading up to Super Bowl. The city will put aside their Mardi Gras beads and break out their favorite team's jersey, as all Orleans parades pause January 28-February 5 for Super Bowl (on Feb. 3), and resume as usual February 6-12.
Scope out the parade routes, grab your purple, green and gold gear and check out the Mardi Gras Guide to help you prepare for Carnival.
Schedule is as follows:
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6th
January 6th is Twelfth Night, the day that begins the Carnival Season. Phunny Phorty Phellows -Streetcar Route, 7:00 p.m.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3rd SUPER BOWL XLVII in Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6th
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7th
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 8th
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9th
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10th
LUNDIGRAS, FEBRUARY 11th
MARDI GRAS, FEBRUARY 12th
Purple, Green and Gold
Throughout the celebration, the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold can be seen throughout the city. Flags donning the colors hang from French Quarter balconies, oaktrees are draped with leftover beads and parade-goers' general choice of garb for the season are hues of the traditional Mardi Gras tones. Purple, green andgold officially became the colors of Carnival back in 1872 when Alexis Romanov, Grand Duke of Russia, visited New Orleans for Mardi Gras. In the Duke's honor, the men of Rex adopted the Romanov family colors purple, green and gold, representing justice, fidelity and power.
The Cake of Kings
King cakes came to New Orleans withthe French, who substituted a tiny baby Jesus doll in place of the medievalbean. The cakes began as round, custard-filled pastries decorated with crowns. King Cakes remain extremely popular throughout the City during the Carnival Season and are often compared to a coffee cake, drizzled in icing and decoratedwith sugar dyed the traditional purple, green and gold. For decades, the king cake has set off a round of parties among New Orleans crowds. Whoever gets thebaby or the bean at the first party had to give a king cake party the following weekend.
Family Friendly Mardi Gras
Although a time of revelry, Mardi Gras in New Orleans is routinely celebrated with the entire family. Many local families come together on the Avenue and set up chairs, ladders, ice chests and tents for the parades. Between parades, cousins play in-promptu games of tag or football while adults grill or relax with their relatives and friends. Ladders are hand painted purple, green and gold and a special kids bench is attached to the top so the little ones can catch their own throws.
Local families also take part in the tradition of costuming. Some families and groups of friends, as large as fifty people, will dress up as a single theme. Costumes range from homemade to ornate and can be focused on anything fromlocal political events, pop culture or traditional costume favorites.
Mardi Gras at a Glance:
To learn more, click here .