The Krewe du Vieux march, one of the earliest Mardi Gras celebrations, through the streets of the French Quarter in New Orleans, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009. This year's theme for the march was the economy (Bill Haber/AP).
The parades, bright beads and King Cakes of Mardi Gras are fast approaching. New Orleans Mardi Gras, perhaps the biggest party in the U.S., begins on Feb. 24. Below are blog posts and travel sites divulging what makes the city and the celebrations tick.
The “only thing this city is serious about is having fun” writes Janelle Nanos of the National Geographic blog Intelligent Travel. New Orleans gets even more serious about good times on Feb. 24 when Mardi Gras kicks off. Nanos also details a Krewe of Zulu exhibit at the Louisiana State Museum, and will be updating readers on the remainder of her stay in New Orleans in upcoming posts.
In case there was any question remaining, “New Orleans is better than ever, and definitely open for partying,” writes Neala Schwartzberg of the Offbeat Travel blog. She describes the food, music, attractions and hotels that are making news in the city, including the trendy Warehouse District, full of museums and galleries.
Nola.com lists the 2009 Mardi Gras parades schedule by parish.
Visit findingDulcinea’s Mardi Gras Web Guide for more Mardi Gras history, international celebrations and Mardi Gras party ideas.