Mardi Gras Traditions

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Our Mission: Mardi Gras everlasting

In endeavoring to chronicle the panorama of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, we heed the words of the New Orleans writer Robert Tallant.

“I think if there is any world left in which human beings still laugh and still, even on rare occasions, have fun, there will be Mardi Gras, and that it will live through whatever catastrophes occur…,” Tallant, in his 1947 book Mardi Gras…As It Was, opined. He went on to observe that, “Men cease to laugh only when they are very ill or when they have become beasts…. That is why Mardi Gras is not a trivial matter but a very important one. In a way it is a symbol of the art of being human, and wherever people are still human, wherever they still enjoy living, it will exist in some form.”

We believe in the wisdom of fools and the true spirit of Mardi Gras: an optimistic and enduring human capacity for merriment and make-believe, for mirthful mockery and the creative indulgence of whimsy, as expressed through a remarkable amalgamation of homegrown customs and traditions. Our mission is to showcase this spirit, and deepen the public’s appreciation of Mardi Gras as a cultural attraction, in an online environment that is fun, engaging and free of distracting clutter. In so doing, we hope to counter distorted media portrayals of Mardi Gras as an unbridled indulgence in mass inebriation and immodest exhibitionism. For beyond the risqué revels that are confined to one infamous French Quarter thoroughfare (Bourbon Street), Mardi Gras retains a traditional family orientation and offers not only fun and excitement but a profusion of creative expression to stir young imaginations.

Indeed, fantasy and illusion, imagination and transformation, go hand in hand with artistic creativity and Mardi Gras, a citywide extravaganza that can be experienced on many different levels. Mardi Gras Traditions aspires to be a worthy homage to this civic ritual, which best exemplifies the astounding cultural richness of New Orleans.

Spreading the spirit of Mardi Gras worldwide

Carnival has played a pivotal role in nurturing what is now widely recognized as New Orleans’ unique gift to the world and its most valuable cultural resource: music. Mardi Gras Music Radio is a shout-out to this incredibly rich tradition. Tune in via your desktop, tablet or mobile device! Commercial and distraction free. Another possible reason to like us as we beg below.

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Introduction
Introduction
Flashing for Beads
Flashing for Beads
Throw-Catching Tips
Throw-Catching Tips
Throw Me Something!
Throw Me Something!
Introduction
Introduction
Words to the Wise
Words to the Wise
Parade Tips
Parade Tips
Parties and Balls
Parties and Balls
Throw Me Something!
Throw Me Something!
Throw-Catching Tips
Throw-Catching Tips
Drinking and Mardi Gras
Drinking and Mardi Gras
Flashing for Beads
Flashing for Beads
Finding a Place to Pee
Finding a Place to Pee
Dealing with the Police
Dealing with the Police
Booking Hotel Rooms
Booking Hotel Rooms
Balconies & Grandstands
Balconies & Grandstands
Taxis & Transportation
Taxis & Transportation
Driving and Parking
Driving and Parking
Bringing the Kids
Bringing the Kids
Weather and Clothing
Weather and Clothing
Introduction
Introduction
Ann Marie Coviello
Ann Marie Coviello
Andrew Justin
Andrew Justin
Tommy Walker
Tommy Walker
Hash House Harriers
Hash House Harriers
Blaine Kern
Blaine Kern
Coleen Salley
Coleen Salley
Chuck Busch
Chuck Busch
Underground Man
Underground Man
Pat Jolly
Pat Jolly
L. J. Goldstein
L. J. Goldstein
Alan Lanhoff
Alan Lanhoff
John Lawson
John Lawson
Introduction
Introduction
When is Mardi Gras?
When is Mardi Gras?
What it's all About
What it's all About
Mardi Gras History
Mardi Gras History
Mardi Gras Music
Mardi Gras Music
King Cake History
King Cake History
Mardispeak
Mardispeak
King Cake Terminology
King Cake Terminology
Introduction
Introduction
King Cake History
King Cake History
Mardi Gras Music
Mardi Gras Music
Throw Me Something!
Throw Me Something!
Flashing for Beads
Flashing for Beads
Children of the Realm
Children of the Realm
Mardispeak
Mardispeak
King Cake Terminology
King Cake Terminology
Introduction
Introduction
History and Traditions
History and Traditions
Mardi Gras Music Radio
Mardi Gras Music Radio
WWOZ New Orleans
WWOZ New Orleans
Offbeat Magazine
Offbeat Magazine
American Routes
American Routes
Louisiana Music Factory
Louisiana Music Factory
Music Venues & Listings
Music Venues & Listings
Introduction
Introduction
King Cake History
King Cake History
King Cake Terminology
King Cake Terminology
King Cake Delivered
King Cake Delivered
Introduction
Introduction
Parade Schedule
Parade Schedule
Live Parade Broadcasts
Live Parade Broadcasts
Parade Tips
Parade Tips
Throw Me Something!
Throw Me Something!
Throw Catching Tips
Throw Catching Tips
Finding a Place to Pee
Finding a Place to Pee
Balconies & Grandstands
Balconies & Grandstands
Parade Ladders
Parade Ladders
How to Ride in a Parade
How to Ride in a Parade
Dealing with the Polics
Dealing with the Polics
Weather and Clothing
Weather and Clothing
Take da' Challenge!
Take da' Challenge!
Virgin
Virgin
Intermediate
Intermediate
Advanced
Advanced
Junkie
Junkie
Introduction
Introduction
Live Parade Broadcasts
Live Parade Broadcasts
Introduction
Introduction
About Us
About Us
Mardi Gras Music Radio
Mardi Gras Music Radio
Contact Us
Contact Us
Partner with Us
Partner with Us