When & Where The Mardi Gras occurs the 3 days before Lent in New Orleans, Louisiana: U.S.A.
The next Mardi Gras Festival is February 21st 2012 in New Orleans.
Why It's French fertility ritual welcoming the advent of Spring. In 1699 Iberville, the French explorer, stopped on the banks of the Misissipi river and celebrated as he knew his fellow countrymen were back in France. There is no record of women attending this event, hence we may concluded this Mardi Gras was beadless.
Mardi Gras Beads
What to expect beads, a parade every day, costumes, beads, lots of tourists partying on the streets, beads, and loud music. If you have seen the Mardi Gras on TV and are looking for a good time the best place is on Bourbon St. and around the French quarter. These are the areas where people throw beads from balconys. Local police were cracking down on the bead exchange practices but it is difficult to be so strict to tourists after the demise of New Orleans by Hurricane Katriona
Accommodation during Mardi Gras There is a lot of cheap great hotels & apartments in New Orleans available here during the festival.
Flights Book your flight for Fat Tuesday here. Flights to New Orleans book early as prices increase a lot for the Fat Tuesday.