Mardi Gras is a day. It’s Mardi Gras Day, but in New Orleans Mardi Gras is also a season. Mardi Gras Season starts on January 6 every year. Mardi Gras Day is on a different date every year. Mardi Gras Day is the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is Fat Tuesday. Ash Wednesday is 40 days before Easter Sunday. Are you following me?
Some years we have long Mardi Gras seasons. Some years we have short Mardi Gras seasons. When we have a short season, everyone complains, “I hate a short Mardi Gras.”
Parade season usually starts three weekends before Mardi Gras Day. Next year, it’s going to start four weekends before Mardi Gras Day. Four weekends before Mardi Gras Day, we’re going to have our first big parade after January 6. The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus is going to roll on February 9, 2019.
The next weekend we’re going to have the Krewe de Vieux and the Krewe d’Elusion.
The weekend after that, the second weekend before Mardi Gras day, we’ll have three or four parades a day on Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Then, we’ll take Monday and Tuesday off. Then, the Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday before Mardi Gras Day, we’ll have three or four parades a day. Then it’ll be Lundi Gras, which has its own parades and traditions—and then it will be Mardi Gras Day: the most magical day of the New Orleans year.
La Belle Esplanade only has five well-appointed suites and over 17 million people visited New Orleans last year. We’re already fully booked for the big Mardi Gras weekend. The weekend before that, and the weekend before that, and the weekend before that (when Chewbacchus is going to roll), we still have room. Plan ahead and get yourself into the Mardi Gras spirit. People who live here, our whole year revolves around Mardi Gras. We think about it every day and we plan ahead. We’re making preparations for next year as soon as Mardi Gras is over. New Orleans is all about Mardi Gras.
Come down to see what it’s like. Come early, a few weekends before. You be bedazzled by all the work and creativity and ingenuity that goes into this uniquely New Orleans holiday that is more than you can imagine. See for yourself.
If you are looking for an authentic New Orleans Mardi Gras experience without the biggest crowds, come a few weekends before Mardi Gras. It’s magical here. You’ll get a taste of the big event without the overwhelming overwhelmosity of the big day itself. Good memories are made in New Orleans all the time.
Stay at La Belle Esplanade if you want to experience authentic New Orleans. We are close to the French Quarter and Frenchmen Street, but we are in a distinct and special neighborhood where things happen off the usual tourist radar. Are you ready for advanced placement? As New Orleans goodwill ambassadors, Frau Schmitt and I take pride in making personalized recommendations of what to do, where to eat, and what to see while you are here. We really an artisanal craft hotel the way a craft brewery makes the tastiest beer.
You have two friends in New Orleans at….
-La Belle Esplanade.
Saturday, November 23rd, 2018. It’s been a great month in New Orleans, a city in which every day is very, very, very good.