Mardi Gras is upon us, and as the Cajun expression goes, "Laissez les bons temps rouler"! Even if you didn't manage to make it to New Orleans this year, you can still channel the spirit of this raucous holiday with these bombastic Mardi Gras quotes uttered throughout history. Although there have been countless stories centering on Mardi Gras celebrations through the years — and in particular, the massive party that takes place in NoLa every year — these quotes truly embody all that this dazzling day of decadence and debauchery is all about. Of course, if words don't satiate your desire to partake in the riotous revelries, a glorious slice of sweet, sweet King Cake ought to do just the trick.
So, put on some festive Mardi Gras tunes, bust out a few sparkling strands of purple, green, and gold beads, and show your solidarity while the rest of the world unites in this giant, mid-winter party. You may not be anywhere near the French Quarter right now, but that doesn't mean you can't be there in spirit. Let these Mardi Gras quotes help get you there. If history has taught us anything, it is guaranteed to be a good time.
1. "There's a thing I've dreamed of all my life, and I'll be damned if it don't look like it's about to come true — to be King of the Zulu's parade. After that, I'll be ready to die." — Louis Armstrong
2. "Mardi Gras is in our soul." — Kim Priez
3. "It has been said that a Scotchman has not seen the world until he has seen Edinburgh; and I think that I may say that an American has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi-Gras in New Orleans." — Mark Twain
4. "Mardi Gras, baby. Mardi Gras. Time when all manner of weird shit cuts loose and parties down." — Sherrilyn Kenyon
5. "New Orleans is unlike any city in America. Its cultural diversity is woven into the food, the music, the architecture — even the local superstitions. It's a sensory experience on all levels and there's a story lurking around every corner." — Ruta Sepetys
6. "A great, wild, adult thing to see is the costume competition in front of the bar Oz on Bourbon early morning on Fat Tuesday." — Bryan Batt
7. "It's in our soul to have Mardi Gras." — Arthur Hardy