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.
As former residents and frequent visitors, we have fond memories and a big ol’ soft spot in our hearts for all things New Orleans; especially when Mardi Gras rolls around. Because no matter where we are, we have our own mini-celebration on Fat Tuesday.
One look at Mobile, Alabama and you know that people like to party. I mean, where else does a glowing, 600-pound MoonPie descend at the stroke of midnight on December 31st to welcome the “Sweet” New Year?
In Latin America, Mardi Gras is known as Carnaval, and here in Morelia the annual Carnaval Festival is called “Torito de Petate” – the festival of the “little bull made of woven reeds.”
Last year we were in New Orleans as neighborhoods donned their traditional Mardi Gras attire.
This weekend the French Quarter, aka “Party Central,” will become “PARTY CENTRAL.”
Did you know that Mardi Gras in Mobile, Alabama is the oldest annual Carnival celebration in the United States? It started in 1703 – that was 15 years before New Orleans was founded!