First things first:
As for the rest of you, it’s never too late for a quick refresher. While the start of Mardi Gras is rooted in Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries, today it is celebrated mostly in New Orleans, alongside a handful of other states across the country. Full of delicious food (did someone say King Cake?), music and dance filled celebrations, and parades brimming with vibrant masks and costumes, Mardi Gras is a boisterous carnival celebration before the holiday of Lent. It’s a chance for people to enjoy life to the fullest before they must give up certain pleasures leading up to Easter.
Now, if there’s one thing most of us are great at, it’s enjoying life to the fullest. When we asked what some of your great memories from Mardi Gras past were, here’s how you responded.
“I spent one Mardi Gras at Carnival in Colombia. It was amazing.” – Shannon D.
“In middle school and high school, Mardi Gras was always celebrated in French class! We ate king cake, and whoever found the figurine was crowned class king or queen.” – Sam Q
“I was in New Orleans the year after Hurricane Katrina. It was incredible to see the community come together and not let their traditions die.” – Lori-Ann S.
“I got to go a few times on 6th Street in Austin, Texas. It was pretty insane, the music was amazing and the food even more so. I’ll go again one year!”– Christina T.
One of the best parts of Mardi Gras is most definitely the FOOD. During the celebrations, people love to indulge in mouthwatering Cajun and Creole dishes like jambalaya, gumbo, crawfish, and rice, not to mention sweets like beignets and hushpuppies. Here’s what you guys were craving this year.
Finally, here’s how the bulk of you guys chose to celebrate Mardi Gras this year!
The bulk of you enjoyed parties and drinks with your friends, and a lot of you managed to attend a parade in your city! Dancing and jazz music were thrown into the mix as well. All in all, we’d say all of you guys had a pretty stellar celebration. We’re proud of you here at Crowdtap.
Have any additional Mardi Gras thoughts or memories you’d like to share? Booked your ticket to New Orleans for 2018 already? Let us know in the comments!