Where the party at? Party people from all over will begin their journeys to the year's biggest carnival celebration of life, Mardi Gras, during the last week of February in New Orleans, Louisiana. Whether you've been there done that, don't quite know what the hype is all about, or dream about heading down south for a taste of it all, you know that Fat Tuesday is one holiday you don't want to miss — and there are so many fun ways to celebrate Mardi Gras around the world that it may seem impossible to fit it all in one day.
While most people from the world over can recognize the purple, green, and gold colors of a Mardi Gras celebration, not everyone will have the opportunity to experience the crowds, celebrations, and unforgettable food of this epic deep-south holiday. Still, there is hope for the non-travelers yet. The party doesn't stop in the city of beignets, crawfish, and hushpuppies. There are a number of ways to ignite the spark, draw a crowd, and get the celebrations popping in your local 'hood.
With a little imagination and the Louisiana spirit, you can celebrate Mardi Gras from anywhere in the world – here are nine unique ways to do it.
Host Your Own Mardi Gras "Parade"
Turn up the heat right where you are by hosting your own classic Mardi Gras festivities. Order the beads, buy the outfit, and collect the booze – because that's what Mardi Gras is all about. Invite everyone you know, and spark a mock parade down the street towards the nearest bar town. Bar hop 'til your pants drop.
Bake A Classic King Cake
King cake is the staple of any New Orleans' Mardi Gras celebration. Green, gold, and purple adorn the top of this sweet-n-spicy pastry that signifies the start of the Louisiana tradition all over the country. Grab yourself one at the local super market for a taste of the party in the comfort of your home. Better yet, make your own from scratch.
Dress Up & Hit The Town With Your Crew
Mardi Gras brings out people from all walks of life in costumes you could have never imagined. This Southern holiday is like a next-level Halloween — for adults. Think about it: Festival-goers trick-or-treat for beads and complimentary drinks, no one is dressed as themselves, and anything goes. It's got the makings of an PG-13 rated Halloween holiday.
Make it your plan to put together the costume of all costumes, recruit your friends, and paint the town red — err, purple, green, and gold.
Head To Another City Where The Mardi Gras Celebrations Are Just As Big As New Orleans
The party doesn't stop down south in the bayou. Do your research for other attractions around the country or world, and find the celebration that best suits you and yours. Universal Studios in Orlando, FL is fun for the whole family, or for your group of friends still in touch with their child-like wonder, and the park hosts its very own Mardi Gras celebration through February and March.
Recreate New Orleans Magic At Home With An Epic Party
You know the drill — as if you needed another reason to throw a party. Now, you've got a theme, the party favors, and the food-n-drink table on lock. Just add guests.
Make The Trip To The Center Of It All In Louisiana
At some point, you need to bite the bullet and make the trek to New Orleans to experience the biggest party in the country for yourself. There's no better time than now to book your ticket to buckets of booze, beads galore, and your first bite of beignet. Ever heard the saying, "Y.O.L.O."?
Seek Out Live Entertainment In Your Area
The energy down in New Orleans during Mardi Gras is brought not only by the massive crowds, but also by the entertainment. Live music, parades, dancers, and more flood the streets and local attractions to keep the tourists and festival-goers partying until the sun comes up. If there's one thing you need to do during Mardi Gras, it's seeking out local entertainment to recreate the excitement from home.
Go All Out For 'Fat Tuesday'
Mardi Gras, also know as "Fat Tuesday," is basically a celebration of life, marked by flowing booze and rich, fatty foods. Like any other holiday, it's an excuse to indulge, unbutton your pants, put your hands in the air, and wave 'em around like you just don't care. Go all out this Mardi Gras with a "Fat Tuesday Feast." Invite your closest friends and serve true-blue Louisiana classics like gumbo, fried okra, and creole bread pudding.
Get Educated On Mardi Gras History
Crack open a book, or Google, and get to know the widely-regarded carnival celebration that is Mardi Gras from its origins. Learn why it's really called "Fat Tuesday," when it all began, who started it, and who still considers it a holiday today. If you don't know, now ya know.