This weekend is a celebratory one in many nations around the world, particularly those with long-held traditions of Carnival, Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras is really more than just a day; It’s a whole season, one big long party. Some of the most famous Mardi Gras celebrations in North America happen down in Louisiana, and the fun’s not restricted to New Orleans. This week’s links allow armchair travellers to share in the experience.
can’t make it down to the Crescent City for the festivities? No worries: NOLA.com’s Parade Cam, which streams Mardi Gras parades and other festivals live, gives you a window on the action. You can also check out their array of live webcams, offering glimpses of what other celebrations are going on in this lively city.
New Orleans-style Mardi Gras is the type for which Lousiana’s most known, but just a few hours northwest of the city a very different style of celebration is carried out. Click here for a history?with modern photos?of the colourful ritual of courir. It’s Mardi Gras with a rural Acadiana twist.
Every party needs music, and Mardi Gras is no exception. Check out this seasonal online radio, which plays New Orleans-style jazz and other Mardi Gras favourites that are sure to get you in the celebratory mood.
Why purple, green, and gold? Who builds the floats? How is Mardi Gras scheduled? When did the bead-throwing tradition start? This short guide to Mardi Gras, written by expert Arthur Hardy, should bring you up to speed.