Being a Texan and especially living near Galveston Texas when I hit high school I attended Mardi Gras religiously in G-town and it turned into a great Louisiana alternative that has been going on since 1699 and has expanded to many other cities. People don’t typically know that Alabama is actually the first known Mardi Gras celebration that In this article, I’m going to go over the best cities to get your party on during Mardi Gras.
New Orleans, Louisiana This is easily the most famous city that hosts Mardi Gras. Every year hundreds of thousands of people flood into New Orleans every February to watch the Mardi Gras parades and experiencing the cajun tradition and hospitality. You can go drinking around town and also try Louisiana’s unique food. As you’re out prepare for a lot of fun and dancing throughout your visit.
Lafayette, Louisiana is one of Louisiana’s best small towns and is a two-hour drive from New Orleans and is the next best thing. The hotel rates aren’t as absurd as New Orleans this is a great alternative. The events begin two weeks before Mardi Gras and is packed with multiple parades throughout the city all day until the night.
Lake Charles, Louisiana Is a three-hour drive from New Orleans and this is enticing due to being able to attend Mardi Gras World Famous Cajun Extravaganza and Get your taste buds ready for the Gumbo Cook-Off. Mardi Gras events kick off in early January with the Twelfth Night celebration and a parade that features amazing costumes. The parties and parades continue until Fat Tuesday.
Mobile, Alabama is actually the oldest celebration in North America even older than the one in New Orleans. And first took place in this coastal Alabama town in 1703 There are several parades leading up to Mardi Gras that start two weeks before the actual date with streets full of marching bands, and performers of all kinds. Alabama also has a carnival Museum, where you can learn more about the history of the festivities while you’re there
Galveston, Texas is the third biggest Mardi Gras celebration in the country, complete with floats, food, and music. It takes place on the strand, but late at night after the celebration is over you can take the ferry and party on the beach. Fat Tuesday is one of the best ones in the country