Happy Fat Tuesday, New Orleans! It's Mardi Gras Time!!

It's Mardi Gras time in New Orleans!  Cited to be the "biggest free show on earth," Mardi Gras is a exhilarating fusion of parades, celebrations, fun and parties.  Endless parties.

The grand finale of New Orleans Mardi Gras is today, February 12, 2013, better known as Fat Tuesday, when the partying ways of eclectic Bourbon Street comes to a prompt end at midnight.  

Thanks to New Orleans Tourism and Arthur Hardy's Mardi Gras Guide for these who knew?! Mardi Gras facts:
  • there have been almost 2,000 Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans since 1857
  • the official colors of Mardi Gras are purple (symbolizing justice), green (for faith), and gold (depicting power)
  • more than 500,000 King Cakes (Danish pastry) are sold during Mardi Gras in hopes of finding the lucky plastic baby hidden inside - finding the baby also means it's your turn to host the next party or to just buy another King Cake, but what's the fun in that?! ;)
  • the combined parade routes total 301 miles and 204 hours of processions
  • Mardi Gras super krewe (carnival club/social club/charitable organization) parades of Orpheus, Endymion and Bacchus, more than 2.5 million collectible doubloons (plastic or aluminum coins stamped with krewe insignias) will be tossed to parade watchers exclaiming the traditional "throw me something, mista!!"
  • the oldest New Orleans Mardi Gras krewe of Comus was founded in 1857
  • in one year alone, one carnival company sold 41 million strings of Mardi Gras parade beads
  • over 95% of New Orleans 30,000 hotel rooms will be full during Mardi Gras
  • Tulane University estimates Mardi Gras has a direct economic impact on the city of New Orleans to the tune of USD $144 million 
For more information on Mardi Gras, visit New Orleans Tourism.

Happy Fat Tuesday, New Orleans!!

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