Members Weigh In

Members Weigh In On Mardi Gras Plans

First things first:

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Hey – not too shabby! Most of you had a pretty good idea of what you were actually celebrating last week!

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.

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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!

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Wayne Federline

Gotta love New orleans it’s been a long while but hope to come back real soon, look out Mardi Gras


I would love to go and visit Mardi Grad sounds like a wonderful place to go enjoy music and food.

Jenny Patrick

Not the least bit interested in going to Marci Gras!


Share the joy ad Ardi Gras tradition fod sex and fun!!


The food is fun!

Cassie J

I have never actually been to Mardi Gras, but I would go to one, just to say that I have. It’s a bit to crazy for me. I’m not into everyone taking their clothes off and all that. The bars might be fun. I’m not a big drinker or bar goer either, though.

nobodys fool

I like to read about it and watch videos of friends who go every year


I live in mobile, Alabama .
The birthplace of Mardi gras!
And we know how to throw down!

Jane Thomas

St.Louis celebrates Maudi Gras with a big parade! it is a grand event. Love the beads and masks.


One day I will make it there

Donna Freeman

I want to go one of these times to Mardi Gras …I have friends whom live in New Orleans & have been invited …looks like so much fun !!!!


Been there, but haven’t done that.

Michelle K

I have been to New Orleans just before and just after Mardi Gras, but never during it. I would love to go on year, but I would want enough time off that I can get there early before the madness and get a hotel right in the middle of it all. That should make it much less stressful and a lot more fun.

Wanda Penick

I love Mardi gras party. I love the bead, music,and drinks.

Carol Yarborough

On my Bucket list, never been to New Orleans, went quite often to Universal Studios. They do a good job.


I’ve yet to experience the Mardi Gras wonder!

Dorothy Beltrante

I’ve always wanted to be right in the middle of things as they’re happening. This would be no exception. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and now that my babies are all grown up there’s nothing to stop me.


I love wearing green for Mardi Gras!

Candy M Henderson

I personally have never gone to Mardi Gras, but my sister-in-law celebrated her Bachelorette party there 3 years ago. They all had a blast! I mean what could be better than Mardi Gras mixed with a Bachelorette party with all your girlfriends? Let’s just say the pictures were enough for me! CRAZY!


Never been to a Mardi Gras! We did paczki day, and pigged out on pizza! I adore the gaudiness and masks of Mardi Gras.


Jambalaya, beignets, and some cafe au pair. Yes, please.

Weda Martinez

Love to go one day.. I have never been there.

Farrah P Downs

I’ve never been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans.. I rather go to New Orleans on a normal day no holiday with a bunch of tourists.. I like enjoying places like a local, no cameras, not taking anything or anyone for granted.


Maybe one day I will make it down there for some good old memories

Justin Irwin

Love the bead action, the atmosphere is always colorful and exciting

Katrina B Bernard

Mardi gras is definitely on my bucket list for things to do before I’m 40……I better get on it soon though because I’m gonna be 37 this year lol

Linda Hiott

Looks like such an exciting place to visit! So muxh fun shopping food and entertainment too!


Haven’t been there yet can’t wait to go!


Mardi gras is really crowded but fun!!


Plan to go for the food, music and history.


Never been, but it’s on the bucket list.


Haven’t actually experienced Mardi Gras but would love to!


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