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Fat Tuesday in New Orleans
The Day of Mardi Gras in Crescent City
Mardi Gras Day is the big day. More than 70 krewe organizations are ready to parade down the streets of central New Orleans during Fat Tuesday.
Set between Lundi Gras and Ash Wednesday, Mardi Gras Day is held any Tuesday between February 3rd and March 9th.
Thousands of golden doubloons and purple, gold, and green beads sail through the air toward the outstretched hands of costumed Mardi Gras attendees.
The Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club are the first to parade down the streets of New Orleans, trailed by the Krewe of Rex – both followed by the Elks Krewe of Orleanians and the Krewe of Crescent City.
Many other krewes are to come, including the Mardi Gras Indians, the Krewe of Bacchus, and the Krewe of Endymion. Jazz music, laughter, and shouts fills the air as much as the beads and doubloons do – while every balcony in downtown New Orleans is packed with onlookers.
Not only is downtown buzzing, but throughout the New Orleans metropolitan area people are celebrating in bars, restaurants, and in their homes with costumes, beads, drinks, and of course, King Cake.
Krewes throughout Crescent City begin to descend upon the French Quarter, including the Jefferson City Buzzards, the Irish Channel Corner Club, and Pete Fountain's Half Fast Walking Club.
Once you’re weighted down with more beads and doubloons than you can carry, and the parades and parties finally start to dwindle, you know the memory of Mardi Gras Day is a cherished one.
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