The Mardi Gras carnival season officially kicks off on January 6th each year and lasts until midnight on Fat Tuesday. We celebrate with king cakes, krewe balls, float decoration parties, food, and of course the parades.
To kick things off in true Louisiana style, Zatarain’s is ringing the NYSE bell from the French Quarter this morning, and you can watch it Live online – NYSE Live Bell Feed.
If you plan on venturing into New Orleans this year, keep in mind that because Mardi Gras falls late this year, it also coincides with some college sprink breaks. The Experience Mardi Gras app produced by Zehnder Communications and WWLTV New Orleans helps revelers track parades via GPS located on various floats. This way, you’ll know if you can enjoy another drink or when to gather your party together in your spot to catch some of those amazing throws.
Last year, I enjoyed My Mardi Gras Experience thanks to Zehnder and Tom Martin, as a way to show how family friendly Mardi Gras can be. If you check out the family travel stories from MommyMusings and Family Travel Network, you’ll see that I wasn’t pulling your leg. Mardi Gras is for families just as much as for anyone else.
If you can’t make it to any of the wonderful Mardi Gras parades located around my wonderful state of Louisiana or find one near your hometown, then celebrate Mardi Gras at home with a Louisiana inspired meal. Grab some beads and make your own neighborhood parade. Your neighbors might think you’re crazy, but you sure will have a wonderful time laughing. If you are near Baton Rouge, there are some family friendly Mardi Gras parades rolling through downtown, also.
Zatarain’s and one of my favorite chefs, John Besh, have put together some tips and ideas to help bring Louisiana into your home, during Mardi Gras and afterwards.
- Recipes for traditional Carnival favorites like jambalaya and red beans and rice
- “Insider” Video vignettes with acclaimed New Orleans Chef John Besh highlighting authentic tips and traditions to host your own party in a snap
- “Jazz Up Your Profile Pic” Facebook application to add festive beads and a colorful mask to profile pictures
- Zat’s Cams offering live footage of Mardi Gras parades
- New Orleans music on Zatarain’s Pandora station
Tip: Today is one of the last days to order king cakes from most online suppliers. Check out my personal list of places to order king cake online for delivery, and while you’re waiting, do the Mardi Gras Mambo.
What do you do to celebrate Mardi Gras at home?