February 28th may be just any other Tuesday for most, but for Louisiana it is the best time of the year: Mardi Gras.
Today, we thought it would be fun to share with you our favorite Mardi Gras memories!
My fondest memories of Mardi Gras as a little girl was the night before Fat Tuesday. Since this “holiday” is such a huge tradition for New Orleans natives, it was always a school holiday. SCORE! Also, it meant that I would see my extended family. Aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents…we’d all gather at our designated spot on the parade route EARLY that morning to get in position to catch our throws. But the night before, for me, was almost like Christmas Eve. It was filled with anticipation as I watched my mom prepare fried chicken, sandwiches and snacks for us to munch on and my dad loaded the car with blankets and the special ladder/seat contraption that we would sit on during the parade so that we could see the colorful costumes and floats as they rolled passed us.
When I moved to Baton Rouge for school, it was so hard for me to leave my best friend Reagan. I didn’t get to see her much since she was at Louisiana Tech, and it was a tough transition not being by her side at all times like I had been for four years. I finally got her to come visit during Mardi Gras break and I brought her on her first trip to New Orleans! I took her to all of the must see spots for any tourist. We had beignets and roamed around the French Market. We took the stereotypical pictures in Jackson square and we went to a parade right on Canal Street. We were true tourists in New Orleans for a day and I couldn’t have imagined a better way to spend Mardi Gras or a better person to spend it with.
My favorite memory from Mardi Gras is getting up as a kid very excited to either participate in the parade by riding on a float or going out with my mom, grandmother and cousins that came from out of town to enjoy the day. Growing up in a small town, Mardi Gras was an exciting time, but seeing the community coming together and enjoying everything as one made it a little more special. Not to mention the food! We would always have hot dogs with fries and fried pig tails or turkey wings.
My favorite memory is being in the Mardi Gras parade with my family. I loved seeing all of the beautiful floats and it was always exciting to see which one we would ride on. Riding these spectacular floats was like one huge party. Dressing up and throwing beads will always be fond memories for me!
We want to hear from you! Let us know what your favorite part of Mardi Gras is in the comments below!
Laissez les bon temps rouler!