While New Orleans is famous for a number of reasons, it has become synonymous with ‘Mardi Gras.’ While this celebration only lasts a short while, there is a bit of Mardi Gras to be found every day in the Big Easy.
Apart from the party atmosphere, great jazz, scrumptious food, and colorful street scenes, which persist year-round in the Crescent City, you can find several museums with all the Mardi Gras flavor you are craving.
The Backstreet Cultural Museum in Treme, houses memorabilia unique to Mardi Gras, jazz funerals and other entirely New Orleans traditions. You’ll find the largest collection of Mardi Gras costumes some costing more than $10,000 to create. Tons of photos and videos of the famous jazz funerals, and second lines are featured here.
In the Uptown Garden District you can visit Blaine Kerr’s Mari Gras World, a museum that is also a float-building factory. Take a guided tour to learn the history of the grand festival from the early days of mule-drawn carriages, to the elaborate modern floats. You can even sample traditional Mardi Gras king cake.
Moving into the French Quarter, The Presbytere is a museum brimming with Mardi Gras artifacts and memorabilia. High-tech interactive exhibits take you on a journey through Mardi Gras history from the ancient origins, to the parades and balls of the 19th century, to the mega-party carnival of today.
No matter what time of year you visit, you can always taste the flavor of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Spend a few days sampling the food, music and vivid history of the Crescent City. Its always a good time for a New Orleans vacation.