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… that’s the number of days left until Fat Tuesday on February 12th – Mardi Gras 2013.

It’s 2013 Mardi Gras time in New Orleans – the start of the biggest party of the year. The Carnival season officially starts on the twelfth night after Christmas which fall on January 6th, 2013. A full schedule of parades, parties and carnival activities take place during the next four weeks in the build up to what is considered as the “must visit” event of the year on February 12th – Mardi Gras 2013.

Mardi Gras 2013

Mardi Gras is about costume, carnival, tradition, music and great food. We bring you the latest news, tips, advice and information to ensure that you have the best possible Mardi Gras. Check out our articles on dos and donts during your visit, places to stay and sights not to be missed.

If you can’t make Mardi Gras 2013 in New Orleans, we have tips on hosting your own Mardi Gras party and bringing the fun to your neighborhood.

I hope you enjoy this site…. Party On!

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Amazing New Orleans

Offering a mix of Caribbean, African and American design with European influences, New Orleans is the biggest city in Louisiana. Located on the Mississippi river delta near the gulf, the aptly named Crescent city is a melting pot of culture, cuisine and architecture.

One of the most famous and popular areas of the city is The French Quarter with its numerous stores, stylish galleries, eateries, cafes, jazz club, and party atmosphere. The French Quarter’s liveliest area is Bourbon Street where every night of the week you can hear the rhythmic tones of blues, dixieland, jazz and country music permeate the air.

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The Old Absinthe House bar is located on the corner of Bourbon and Bienville. This cooper-topped solid wood tavern intrigues customers who sit and enjoy their preferred cocktail while soaking up the sights and sounds of the French Quarter.

Another place you must experience during your visit is Jackson Square, located on on Decatur Street by the Mississippi River. During an early evening walk along this street you are likely to encounter a full menu of street musicians, painters and jugglers while savoring the historical buildings a breath-taking view of the Mississippi River.

New Orleans is renowned for its festivals exceeding 400 annually, including Mardi Gras, Woodoo Fest, and Jazz Fest. Mardi Gras also called Fat Tuesday is carnival at it’s best with a huge number of amazing molded props, and giant figures. The city shuts down on Mardi Gras and the streets become one big party.

After the destruction caused by Katrina in 2005, New Orleans has fully recovered and is back to it’s glorious best. The best time to visit is February to April when the climate is normally great and the city’s two most popular events Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest and be enjoyed.

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Prepping for a Mardi Gras

Carnival is what Mardi Gras 2013 is all about. Get the best out of your visit by preparing for a day at the parades.

Mardi Gras 2013First of all, know what carnival parades you want to see, and then make sure to get their schedules so you can be in position ahead of the crowds, ideally. There are other parades that may take place and their schedules can be a bit of a secret, so ask locals for information.

There are a lot of parades to choose from, and there are usually several of them taking place in a single day. For example, on the Thursday before Mardi Gras, you can catch the Krewe of Muses, which features an all-female organization and some pretty interesting themes. The King Arthur parade on the first Sunday, or “Family Sunday”, of Mardi Gras is held during the afternoon.

Wake up early on Mardi Gras day so you have plenty of time to prepare before heading out. Festivities begin as early as 8 a.m. and you wouldn’t want to miss any of the fun. This also helps you make sure that you can find a great location for any of the parades that you are hoping to watch. Eat something before watching a parade or bring some food with you. There will be parades and festivities all day long, and you don’t want to run out of energy as you watch all the colorful sights roll by–and at the very least, you don’t want to lose your place in the crowd or have to jostle through the restaurant throng.

Here is something useful for you to remember when you’re watching a parade from the crowd. It’s practically tradition for people to call out, “Throw me something, Mister!” when asking for any throws or gifts from the people on the floats. The Endymion parade is known for having the most number of throws.

You might have seen people watching parades and enjoying the scene from balconies. You can do the same thing by heading to a bar and finding out if their balconies are available for you to rent for a period of time. Expect to pay a minimum of $5 to be able to hang out on the balcony.

Follow these tips and made the most of your Mardi Gras 2013 experience.

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