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Oh so THAT’S Mardi Gras.

Date: February 19, 2016 Categories: Blog

If you follow our blog or Facebook page, you’ll know that our last blog was all about Mardi Gras from a Wisconsinite’s point of view. Well, I’m back for part two to tell you all about my Mardi Gras experience, and I think I’ve figured out the kid-friendly side of things, as well.


I’m going to start it off by saying that Mardi Gras is probably my new favorite holiday. First, there’s king cake. Now I have to admit the whole baby in the cake weirds me out, and I couldn’t eat it without fearing for my life, but other than that it’s delicious, and something I’ll be craving for the rest of the year. Second, Mardi Gras isn’t just one day. I could not believe how much was going on not only days, but also rather weeks prior to Fat Tuesday. It seemed like there was a parade every single day, and the parades that y’all have here are next level. I’m so used to a parade maybe lasting 20 minutes that consists of floats made out of cardboard stapled to a trailer. I quickly learned that’s not the case here, and I literally stood in awe as I saw my first New Orleans float. Also, because of these beautiful parades there was always some part of the city I wouldn’t be able to access because of them. Which brings me to my third point, I get why everyone leaves during Mardi Gras. Initially, I was shocked. Why would anyone want to leave when there’s so much going on in the city, and there’s also king cake?! But I get it now. There’s no way to do anything but parades, or to be shut in your home for the entire week leading up to it. And to do this year after year, I totally get it now.


Overall, I love Mardi Gras. It showed me the crazy, fun loving side of this city that I felt I had only gotten a glimpse of prior. I also love the family side of it – being able to tailgate with your family, and seeing how excited the kids are to see the floats and catch throws. Mardi Gras 2016 is definitely one for the books, and I can’t wait to celebrate it with my own family one day.