Here are a few handy tips to enhance your Mardi Gras experience.
Today’s topic is a bit of a change of pace: I’ll be setting real estate aside and talking about Mardi Gras. ‘Tis the season, after all!
First, a little bit about the events and dates surrounding Mardi Gras: It kicks off on January 6 with what is known as “The Twelfth Night,” officially ending on “Fat Tuesday,” and bumping up against Ash Wednesday—which then leads to the 40 days of Lent.
If you’re not familiar with Mardi Gras’s origins, it may come as a surprise to you that New Orleans is not its birthplace. The first recorded Mardi Gras celebration was held by our eastern neighbors in Mobile, Alabama in 1703, long before New Orleans was established. It wasn’t until the 1800s that New Orleans began having parades of their own.
Today we have over 20 Mardi Gras parades held up and down the Gulf Coast and as many as 500,000 people are expected to take part each year.
Our carnival association here on the Gulf Coast joined in the celebration in 1908 and held their first parade. Today we have over 20 parades held up and down the Gulf Coast and as many as 500,000 people are expected to take part each year.
But there’s more to Mardi Gras than just the parades: Social groups, known as “Krewes” put on parties and balls and are a fixture of the celebratory atmosphere.
If you’re a new resident of the area and you’re unfamiliar with Mardi Gras and all it has to offer, be sure to plan for a day parade and a night parade. My last piece of advice for newcomers: Make trying a king cake one of your highest priorities. They’re delicious and scarcely available outside of Mardi Gras season.
I hope to see you out there!
And if you or someone you know is in the market to buy, sell, or invest in real estate, don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I’d love to sit down and talk with you!