Mardi Gras 2013 is on Tuesday, February 12, 2013. Carnival traditionally begins the 12th night after Christmas. And about two weeks before Mardi Gras, the parading begins! This year, parades begin Jan. 19, 2013. Every year Carnival parade organizations – known as "krewes" – are deep into preparations for their annual parades, costume balls and parties. Be sure to learn about Mardi Gras, learn the Mardi Gras lingo, and Mardi Gras History! Fat Tuesday itself typically features back-to-back processions by some of the largest and oldest Carnival organizations in the state. Remember flights and hotels fill up quickly so start planning your Mardi Gras celebrations now! It’s recommended to arrive no later than Feb. 9, 2013 to ensure you enjoy a full weekend of celebrations!
Mardi Gras is the biggest celebration the city of New Orleans hosts every year. This magnificent, costumed, beaded and feathered party is laced with tradition and is all about having a good time!