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Mardi Gras, USA

From series “Most Enchanting and Vibrant Festivals”
New Orleans is a wonderful place where the destructive force of hurricanes can be compared only with the love of the locals for holidays. Interesting street festivals are held in the city every single week. A special place in a series of national holidays belongs to the Mardi Gras festival. The name Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday". The festival is religiously rooted and celebrated on the last Tuesday before the start of the Catholic Lent.

Mardi Gras, USA Mardi Gras has been celebrated in many European and American cities. But no one does it better than New Orleans. The last few years Mardi Gras’s holiday program lasts a few days and in the so-called "Fat Tuesday" the general hilarity is at its pitch. For over two hundred years solemn processions remain the major tradition of the festival. There are dozens of parades in New Orleans and the surrounding area and each procession is attractive in its own way. The Bacchus Parade is the most colourful and noisy one and the Mardi Gras Indian Show is considered to be one of the most sophisticated and refined.

Bourbon Street and the historic French Quarter are the heart of Mardi Gras festivities. You can fun and relax day and night here. During the festival you can see musical performances and art exhibitions in the streets of New Orleans. Street actors with a rich makeup and original costumes are the main feature of the holiday. Mardi Gras in New Orleans is a great street party focused on people with different interests and deprived of official events. Next - Diwali

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Useful staff nearby

ATM bankomat: 'A T M's of the South' located in 0.06 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Avis Rent A Car' is located in 0.76 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Chevron New Orleans' in 0.41 km
Supermarket: 'Compac Groceries' in 0.07 km
Parking: 'Premium Parking Service' in 0.18 km
Apotheek: 'Walgreens' in 0.32 km
Police station: 'New Orleans Police Department' in 0.24 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Mollys On Toulouse' in 0.04 km
Railway station: 'Toulouse Station' in 0.41 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Louis Armstrong Airport MSY - in 18 km
 »  Washington Executive Airport W32 - in 280 km
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Best hotels near Mardi Gras

The Westin New Orleans Canal Place

Located in 0 km from Mardi Gras
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Rooms: 438
The Westin New Orleans is a completely non-smoking hotel with a state-of-the-art fitness center. After an intense workout, guests can enjoy … More: photo, rates and booking
La Belle Esplanade

Located in 1 km from Mardi Gras
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Rooms: 5
La Belle Esplanade has uniquely decorated guest rooms furnished with antiques and original artwork. Each room has a personal refrigerator with a … More: photo, rates and booking
The Pontchartrain Hotel

Located in 2 km from Mardi Gras
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Rooms: 40
A microwave and refrigerator are featured in every room at the Pontchartrain Hotel. There is also a desk available. Guests can relax in the evening … More: photo, rates and booking
Sweets Inn Motel

Located in 3 km from Mardi Gras
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Rooms: 17
Convenient room features at Sweets Inn Motel include a microwave, refrigerator, and coffee-making facilities. Guests can watch movies and cable … More: photo, rates and booking

Nearest unique sightseeing spots to visit

French Quarter in New Orleans
0 km - French Quarter in New Orleans
The unique ambience of the French Quarter, which is the most spectacular and picturesque district of New Orleans, is inextricably linked to one of the Disney cartoons. The French Quarter certainly will seem familiar to those who love an old Disney cartoon, The Princess …
New Orleans
1 km - New Orleans
New Orleans is among the cities that are at a risk of flooding. This city has two potential threatens the ocean and the underground waters. Regular storms bring a great danger to the city. Earlier it wasn't the main problem for the city but after the Catherine storm …
Jazzland Theme Park
16 km - Jazzland Theme Park
In New Orleans, there is an abandoned amusement park. Today Jazzland looks like an illustration for a horror movie. Corroded and partially destroyed rides, punches of grass and wild shoots, and broken clown figures with eerie grin are everywhere. The history of the …
Lake Pontchartrain Causeway
23 km - Lake Pontchartrain Causeway
In the United States, on the territory of the Louisiana state, there is a unique dam bridge with a length of 38.42 km. It was built over the Pontchartrain Lake and has two towns on its shores - Matairie and Mandeville. In reality, the construction of this bridge …
Louisiana Airborne Memorial Bridge
168 km - Louisiana Airborne Memorial Bridge
Many tourists know the bridge of Louisianna parachute jumpers among the other names - Atchafalaya Swamp bridge. This double bridge, 29.3 km long, is located on the territory of the Louisiana state, connecting two large cities - Lafayette and Baton Rouge. The bridge …
Caddo Lake
483 km - Caddo Lake
Caddo Lake is considered to be one of the most beautiful fairy-tale places In the United States. The area of ​​this lake occupies about 10 hectares. It is noteworthy that majestic cypress trees are growing there directly out of the water. This unique cypress forest …

Top destination around Mardi Gras - New Orleans

New Orleans' most vibrant tourist area is the French Quarter , which attracts tour-goers with a variety of colonial buildings. The French Market is also located here. Contrary to expectations, you won’t find French delicacies and wines at this market. Instead, you can buy unique souvenirs in the spirit of New Orleans. Some of the most unusual ones are voodoo figurines and attributes. Fans of traditional memorable gifts are presented with a large selection of T-shirts, trinkets, and other bright things.

In the vicinity of the city, you can visit many more interesting places, and Alligator Farm is one of them. These dangerous and frightening representatives of the animal world are the most important symbol of the state of Louisiana. Alligators are bred on special farms and then delivered to restaurants where unique national dishes are prepared from their meat. Cajun traditions have been preserved in the city too. The largest group of Cajuns lives in L Acadiane . It shouldn't be a problem to get to the area from New Orleans. Here you can chat with hereditary alligator hunters and, of course, get acquainted with their unique national gastronomy. New Orleans is rich in surprises and unexpected discoveries, so its guests should not limit themselves to just classic tours.
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