So, you’re heading to New Orleans but didn’t make it in time for Mardi Gras. No worries, there is some much to do here and you’re going to have a great time. After all the celebrations are over and the city reverts back to a normal pace there’re still ways to experience the fun of Mardi Gras. Once you arrive in the city you’ll be able to feel the festivities, no matter the time of year. Get a better understanding of the history and traditions by starting with a visit to a Mardi Gras museum. This will give you background into the importance of Mardi Gras to the people of New Orleans. Afterward, explore the city and visit the areas where the festival comes to life. Finish up by stopping in the different shops selling all the Mardi Gras necessities. Here is a shortlist of how to experience Mardi Gras anytime in New Orleans.
Visit The Mardi Gras Museums
First, stop by a Mardi Gras museum, such as Mardi Gras World which is popular among tourists. The museum is a working warehouse where many of the parade floats are constructed. Visitors are able to take a guided tour through the facility where you’ll have the opportunity to watch the float building process from start to finish. The warehouse is also home to thousands of authentic Mardi Gras costumes. A highlight of the tour is the chance to try on costumes while getting your photo taken. Not only will you learn lots of information about the festival, but you’ll also be able to take home a souvenir photo. Other Mardi Gras museums worth checking out include The Backstreet Cultural Museum in Treme, Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes & Culture in the French Quarter, and House of Dance and Feathers in Gentilly.
Take A Mardi Gras Tour
Next, take a Mardi Gras tour of New Orleans showcasing festival hotspots, including parade routes and Krewe hangouts. This will give you an up-close look into how the city transforms during Mardi Gras. There are plenty of walking, Segway, and bike tours located around the city.
Stop In A Costume & Mask Shop
Another easy way to experience Mardi Gras year-round is by visiting costumes and mask shops. It’s so much fun to wander around the different shops discovering the traditions of Mardi Gras through clothing. Go ahead and try on all the crazy costumes and masks. There are shops located in both the French Quarter and Garden District, including Fifi Mahony’s and Bootsy’s Funrock’n. Try not to spend all your money!
Stock Up At A Mardi Gras Supply Store
After trying on costumes stop in a Mardi Gras supply store. Tourists flock to these stores to pick up everything from colorful beads, wigs, and feathers. If you’re lucky you may even find a store with a collection of rare Mardi Gras items caught during parade throws.
Don’t be surprised if after doing all of this you decide to visit again, this time during Mardi Gras!