Mardi Gras 2017 is here! From February 11th to the grand finale on FAT TUESDAY; February 28th, the annual Carnival celebration will take over the streets of New Orleans.
The origins of Mardi Gras can be traced back to medieval Europe, passing through Rome and Venice in the 17th and 18th centuries to the French House of the Bourbons, but in the U.S., the annual tradition originated in Mobile, Ala. in the early 18th century. The celebration made its way to New Orleans in 1856 when six Mobile natives gathered to organize a secret society, where they founded Mistick Krewe of Comus. (For more history click here)
If you're planning to come to New Orleans for Fat Tuesday (or any time of the year for that matter), we have some travel tips for you! From dipping beignets into a cup of cafe au lait at Cafe Du Monde, to listening to the best live jazz at theBlue Nile, take out your pen and jot these "Must-Do's" down.
First thing's first, Uber and Lyft are alive and well in this Southern city. Once you land, find your way to the arrivals pick-up and call your car. The ride is only about 30 minutes from the airport to the heart of the French Quarter.
Where to stay? It's Mardi Gras, so go all out! We recommendThe Roosevelt New Orleans. The Waldorf Astoria hotel is top of the top from their service to their accomodations. With plenty of history to offer, the hotel has been standing since 1893 and their personal concierge will take care of you from the moment you step out of your Uber. The hotel offers Kipsu, an incredible texting concierge who checks in on you to see how your stay is going or if you need anything.
"Kipsu is simply a great way to communicate to all of our guests. It allows our guests through technology to interact directly with our team to assure that our guests have a customized wonderful experience. I think Kipsu is relevent for all generations that are seeking a individualized experience that supplies immediate communication," said Tod Chambers, the Roosevelt's General Manager.
The lavishly decorated lobby and decor throughout the hotel is nothing short of luxurious. Everyone from Louis Armstrong to Cab Calloway, Ray Charles and Bob Hope have stayed at the Roosevelt. Whether you book a deluxe room or a suite, every room is presidential.
Just a few blocks away is the famous French Quarter. Like the Macy's Day Parade, you can get package tickets to see the parade right on the route! They offer Balcony and parade street seat packages. Click here for tickets.
You can get away with partying in New Orleans for your entire stay, or you can venture out to some of the beautiful plantation estates.
For the must visit restaurants, jazz clubs and more take note:
- French Quarter Restaurants
- French Quarter nightlife, clubs and jazz!
- Official tours (If you like the bus route, but we prefer walking and exploring!)
To plan your trip visit:
Happy Mardi Gras!