Lent is a Christian holiday that is about sacrifice. It is about abstaining from certain foods or habits, letting go of something you enjoy. It is typically a time of restraint and introspection. However, the period before Lent is very different. In Western Christianity, it is a festive time known as Carnival season, a time to let loose, indulge, and celebrate. Typically, Carnival season involves massive parades and public events, culminating in Mardi Gras. And nowhere celebrates Mardi Gras quite like New Orleans and Louisiana.
The parades are already starting in New Orleans but will pick up more heavily once February rolls around. It’ll culminate on the day of Mardi Gras, where 11 different parades will occur in the city across locations. The festivities will start early, with the first parade rolling out at 8 am and will continue throughout the day. The parades are put on by the different krewes, the entertainers that plan and design the events. Many of the krewes have different themes, and they all compete amongst themselves for who can put on the biggest spectacle of all.
When you think Mardi Gras, chances are, one state comes to mind. After a muted 2021 where Mardi Gras in Louisiana was not the big event it normally is, 2022 appears poised to be different. The massive occasion is Louisiana’s calling card, and it is currently set to return in full force for weeks of festivities and fun, culminating in the final day of Mardi Gras.