<p>Mardi Gras is always an unforgettable and colorful event to take part in, or just to see as a spectator. Although Mardi Gras itself is on the last day of the Carnival, and always falls on a Tuesday, <a href="http://www.mardigrasneworleans.com/schedule.html">Mardi Gras season in New Orleans</a> is more like two weeks of celebrations.</p> <p>In 2018, Mardi Gras is on Tuesday 13 February, but its extended weekend begins on the 9th, and this is the most popular time period in the whole event. In fact, the number of people in New Orleans nearly doubles in the days just before Mardi Gras. No one wants to miss this exciting celebration, so many revellers arrive early, and other visitors for Mardi Gras just turn up on the big day.</p> <p>If you are coming to New Orleans just for the day, day rooms like those on offer as<a href="https://www.daybreakhotels.com/US/en-US"> hotels by the hour at DayBreakHotels.com</a>, are ideal for somewhere to safely leave any baggage and to freshen up before and after joining the party. The Mardi Gras celebration is one of the biggest parties in the world, and definitely one you will not forget!</p> <br /><strong>Events in Mardi Gras 2018</strong>
On Wednesday 7 February The Ancient Druids will be making a parade. Taking their name from the Celtic priesthood associated with Stonehenge, here in the New Orleans Mardi Gras the members of this mystical group are made up of veterans from the Carnival.
The Druids are followed by an all-female Mystic Krewe of Nyx, famous for their highly decorated purses.
Thursday night on 8 February brings another all-women parade known as the Krewe of Muses. They usually make fun of politicians and celebrities.
Friday night is even more spectacular with parades by the Krewe of Hermes, the Krewe D’Etat and the Krewe of Morpheus.
Saturday is when the Krewe of Tucks and Krewe of Isis make daytime parades, followed at night by Endymion, which is the first of the “super krewes.”
On the Sunday night the second “super krewe” parade is created by the Bacchus Krewe, known for their very colorful and huge floats, and being led by a national celebrity. <p><strong>Lundi Gras</strong></p> Monday Mardi Gras is now known as Lundi Gras. This is when the monarchs of the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club and the Krewe of Rex arrive by boat at the Mississippi riverfront. They take part in parades on the following day.
Uptown parades for Lundi Gras take place and the Krewe of Proteus form one of the main processions. <p><strong>Mardi Gras Day</strong></p> <p>At last, the big day of “Fat Tuesday,” as Mardi Gras is also known, arrives. The main parades are the Zulu Parade and the Rex Parade, which both end on Canal Street. There are also a lot of smaller parades and parties around the city. Expect jazz bands, “Mardi Gras Indians” in all their finery, and see if you can catch one of the “<a href="http://www.neworleansonline.com/neworleans/mardigras/mgthrows.html">throws</a>” of strings of beads, toys or doubloons. They make great souvenirs.</p> <p>(Image Source: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/miguel_discart/33086021544/">Miguel Discard</a>)</p> <p> </p>
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