Carnival celebrations are ramping up around the globe, and for North Americans, New Orleans, Louisiana is ground zero. Locals and tourists alike are donning their finery for the party, and this notorious Mardi Gras revelry reaches a crescendo this week on Fat Tuesday.
New Orleans has the best collection of 18th and 19th Century architecture in America, so it only makes sense that homes would be gussied up for the celebration as well. And as you’d expect, the party starts at the front door.
Fleurs-de-lis and feathered masks of purple, green, and gold adorn leaded glass doorways of grand mansions and humble cypress doors of tiny shotguns. When it comes to Carnival, everyone gets in on the action.
There will be more parades and parties than your body can tolerate, but don’t miss the chance to wander the streets of the Garden District, stroll Magazine Street and the Irish Channel, then weave your way through Uptown. And if you’re intrepid, head on down to The Quarter. Savor the ambience and the details of a town in full-on Mardi Gras mode.
And as always, Laissez les bons temps rouler!
James & Terri