3 Weeks Till The 312th Mardi Gras And Preparation Is Already Underway

2011-Mardi-Gras-DayThe New Orleans Saints were just two games away from making NFL history for the second year in a row, but you won’t find too many long faces on the streets of the Big Easy. That’s because the city is rife with anticipation and excitement for what has been dubbed as “The Greatest Free Show on Earth”: Mardi Gras. There are only three weeks left between now and Fat Tuesday, so preparations to continue the 312-year-old tradition are well underway. One of the things that is definitely on my bucket list is to attend Mardi Gras, I have been to New Orleans several times but I’m told its nothing like being there during Mardi Gras.

It would be hard to overestimate the amount of planning going into the festivities as more than 60 parades are scheduled to roll through the Greater New Orleans area in the coming month, many of which will run simultaneously. These range from French Quarter walking crews like Pete Fountain’s infamous Half-Fast Walking Club (of which actor John Goodman is a member) to “super krewes” like Orpheus, whose ornate floats cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and take months to build

One notable exception to all the preparations in the city is the Superdome, home of the Saints. Its doors are closed for carnival while it receives a full makeover in anticipation of hosting Superbowl XLVII in 2013. This means that the Krewe of Endymion, who holds its annual Extravaganza ball inside the hallowed round walls, will temporarily move their fete to the Morial Convention Center. Found among the krewe members of Endymion this year will be celebrities Anderson Cooper, Kelly Ripa and Pat Benatar, who will all serve as royalty.

Complete information about Mardi Gras 2011 is available at http://www.mardigrasday.com.

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