Looking for a quick weekend getaway? March 5th brings the Mardi Gras celebrations to New Orleans. However, the party here starts a couple of days in advance. So here’s your guide to Fat Tuesday and Big Easy.

Mardi Gras 2019: Party with the Krewe

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The Mardi Gras parades in New Orelans are never short of entertainment.

Mardi Gras sees a wave of carnivals and parades being held months in advance. However, if you’re cramped for days off, simply swing by during the final weekend. The fun kicks off with a series of parades, with the Krewe of Isis being one of the main acts. This all-female crew are famed for their dance moves and marching bands, along with the Egyptian-themed costumes.

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Don’t miss out on the performances of different Krewes. 

Meanwhile, the Krewe of Iris acts as one of the oldest carnival organizations here. To pay homage to the festivities, the crew adopt white gloves and masks as a tribute to Iris, the Greek goddess of rainbow.  These intriguing performances continue to the final day with Chata and Jefferson members in charge of the day’s entertainment.

What’s hot in New Orleans? 

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There’s never a dull moment on the streets of New Orleans.

It would not be an exaggeration to say that New Orleans is the ultimate melting pot. This hybrid town is just as American as it is European and Caribbean. So if the food does not get you, the music or the architecture will. Because such is the appeal of New Orleans; it has something in store for everyone.

Therefore, combine your Mardi Gras getaway with a trip to explore the sights and sounds of this vibrant city. The French Quarter is an unmissable destination. This historical neighborhood sublimely mixes the old with the new, with quirky antique stores, charming French markets and artisan tipples making waves. 

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The historical French Quarter is one of the most beautiful places in this city.

For those with a taste for the arts, you’ll be happy to know that the Big Easy’s Broadway production frequently hosts a series of ballet, opera and literature events. Additionally, the city’s intoxicating vibe ensures there’s never a dull moment. So put on your dancing shoes and head to the Marigny area as jazz, soul or R&B tunes set the tone for the night.

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Flowers in baskets hang off shutter doors during Mardi Gras. 

The city’s diverse options also finds its way to the accommodations. For those with a taste of the high life, consider spending the night or two in the charming Audubon Cottages, where private courtyards are of the norm. However, for history buffs, opt for the Hotel Monteleone, and drape in sheets once used by the legend himself, Ernest Hemingway. Furthermore, for paranormal enthusiasts, stay at Le Pavillion Hotel and share the suite with 100 distinctive spirits.

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Hop on these streetcars in downtown New Orleans. 

With Mardi Gras just around the corner be sure to have your bags packed and make the most of your visit to New Orleans. Meanwhile, for more travel inspiration, read up on our top 25 destinations for travel photography.