As we write this, Mardi Gras (the last day of Carnival) 2024 is only a month away, and Carnival is already well underway. Whether you’re a local, or someone planning on visiting our fascinating city to partake in all the frivolity and liveliness associated with Carnival and “Fat Tuesday,” we hope you’ll consider including a visit to our French Quarter perfumerie in your Carnival and Mardi Gras itinerary.
Achieve That New Year’s Resolution!
A trip to New Orleans for Carnival and Mardi Gras definitely should be at the top of any list of unique and “can’t-miss” things to do in this great country of ours. But, why not achieve, and even exceed, your new year’s resolution of having an extra-fun and extra-special year this year by creating treasured memories of visiting our historic New Orleans perfume shop with friends, family, and/or significant others?
Where and When Did Mardi Gras Originate?
As this website devoted to all things Mardi Gras explains, “The origins of Mardi Gras can be traced to medieval Europe, passing through Rome and Venice in the 17th and 18th centuries to the French House of the Bourbons. From here, the traditional revelry of "Boeuf Gras," or fatted calf, followed France to her colonies.” The first American Mardi Gras was celebrated in 1703 elsewhere in the South, but due to a French-Canadian explorer naming an area just south of New Orleans “Pointe du Mardi Gras,” New Orleans eventually became the headquarters for celebrating the special event in the United States. Mardi Gras has been celebrated in this amazing part of Louisiana for almost 300 years now!
When Is The Best Time To Attend Carnival and Mardi Gras Events?
If you want to watch the Carnival parades/processions – and most locals and tourists do – you’ll definitely want to be in the New Orleans area on the Saturday and Sunday before Mardi Gras, which always falls on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, and this year, on Tuesday, February 13. In fact, since The Carnival Season in New Orleans kicks off on the Twelfth Night of Christmas (January 6), weeks prior to the weekend before Mardi Gras, you can take in various parades and Carnival activities far before February 13. And, as you can see by this Carnival and Mardi Gras routes schedule, there are many events in which you can participate right here in our French Quarter neighborhood!
Immerse Yourself In The Annual Tradition Of Carnival and Mardi Gras
So, don’t miss out on tasting King cake, wearing colorful beads, meeting new, interesting people from all over the world, and soaking in all the great energy that makes New Orleans even more vibrant during the wonderful annual tradition of Carnival and Mardi Gras. And, be sure to stop by our French quarter boutique, and pick out a scent as a souvenir for yourself or a loved one of your special time here.