Showing posts with label mardi gras. Show all posts
Showing posts with label mardi gras. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Happy Mardi Gras Day 2021!

Well folks it's that time again, it's Mardi Gras Day. Here's the last chance to get your party on since tomorrow is Ash Wednesday. So do it pandemic style and social distance from home so the only mask you'll need is your Mardi Gras mask!

Hope you've enjoyed the posts, feel free to let me know in the comments below what you'd like to see covered here.

Thanks for visiting and stay tuned for more Mardi Gras, culture, traditions and history here throughout the year!


Sondra Carpenter
The Mardi Gras Girl



 


Sunday, January 24, 2021

Krewe Of Bacchus Mardi Gras Mobile App 2021

There are several krewes, which what the different groups are called that run floats and provide entertainment for Mardi Gras parades, and one of the largest is called Bacchus. It's named for the god in Greek mythology of wine and vegetation.

Bacchus was the son of Zeus and was thought to show mortals how to make wine. The krewes all have their own themes and usually follow cultural and mythological icons. 

This year due to the pandemic, Mardi Gras celebrations are still going on, just a lot quieter this year. The Krewe of Bacchus has an app which you can download for free to your phone to enjoy the Carnival season virtually. The Throw Me Something Bacchus! mobile app can be installed on Android at Google Play Store or on iPhone from Apple's App Store. You'll find fun stuff like virtual Mardi Gras throws, king cake, music and more for all ages. 

So check it out and share. Thanks for visiting, have fun!


Sondra Carpenter
The Mardi Gras Girl

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Carnival Season Starts January 6, 2021

 

The Carnival Season officially starts today, January 6, 2021 and the last day is Fat Tuesday, February 16, 2021. Remember to get all your partying and celebrating in since Ash Wednesday is the following day. That means you'll have to wait all the way until NEXT YEAR!

To get this Mardi Gras season started off right check out the Kermit Ruffins video below. Get into the swing of things with this song Do The Fat Tuesday From Kermit Ruffins & The Barbecue Swingers Live from Basin Street Records.

The next few posts will cover apps and other virtual services for you to enjoy Mardi Gras 2021. Covid-19 is NOT gonna stop Mardi Gras, we just have to celebrate safely! Make sure to check out the post on how to enjoy Mardi Gras at home, just click here.

Comment below on what you'd like to see. Thanks for visiting!



Sondra Carpenter
The Mardi Gras Girl




Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Have Mardi Gras Fun At Home


Just because the pandemic has shut down a lot of events, it doesn't mean you can't enjoy the Mardi Gras season from home wherever you live. All you need to get started are a few things like:                                              

Mardi Gras themed masks (preferably in the Mardi Gras colors, purple green and gold) or anything creative

* Lots of strands of beads in the Mardi Gras colors and any other color you like

* Decorations like confetti, banners or streamers

For drinks, you'll want to have the Hurricane. Food is usually typical New Orleans dishes like red beans and rice or dirty rice; or even a seafood gumbo. For sweets try pralines or a king cake.

As for music we have plenty of options for Mardi Gras and New Orleans tunes to get your Mardi Gras party rolling. Here's a link to a previous post to get your mojo going. Click here!

Remember you can go ahead and get your celebration started, Mardi Gras Day, February 16, 2021 is the LAST day of the season. After that it's Ash Wednesday, so get your party started NOW!

Any questions or if you want to share, comment below. 

Thanks for stopping by, have fun!


Sondra Carpenter
The Mardi Gras Girl

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Mardi Gras Day 2021 Falls On February 16


Even though the parades have been cancelled for the Mardi Gras New Orleans celebrations for 2021 due to COVID-19, the official day of Fat Tuesday remains the same, February 16. 

Keep watching this blog for updates on virtual celebrations hosted by different Mardi Gras krewes as well as ideas for throwing your own Mardi Gras parties.

As they say in Louisiana “Laissez les bons temps rouler” which means “Let the good times roll.”

Feel free to post questions below. Thanks for visiting.


Sondra Carpenter
The Mardi Gras Girl

 

Mardi Gras Girl Blog 2020 Update

 

This year has been a challenge for us all around the world. My condolences go out to all who have lost loved ones in the pandemic outbreak this year. 

The Mardi Gras Girl Blog will continue to post information on Mardi Gras and keep readers up with changes in the schedule of parades. They won't be during the Carnival season as usual but possibly in May. 

Although travel to New Orleans is something to look forward to in the near future,  this blog will feature ways to bring the joy and festivity of Mardi Gras to your home.

Mardi Gras parties where masks and colored beads as well as traditional New Orleans cuisine can be prepared can be a way to have fun especially during a time when some fun is needed.

Any comments? Please post below.


Sondra Carpenter
The Mardi Gras Girl

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Mardi Gras Day 2020 Falls On February 25

Hey folks, have been away for awhile but the Mardi Gras Girl is back again. Because, well, life happens!

Anyway start getting ready because it's almost that time again...soon it'll be Mardi Gras Day 2020 in New Orleans! Next year it falls on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. As always Fat Tuesday is the final day of the Carnival Season, the next day is Ash Wednesday. So make sure to get there about a week in advance so you don't miss out on all the parades and celebrations.

Any questions about Mardi Gras make sure to look through the posts on this blog, it's been around since 2012!

If you you can't find the answer post your comment below. Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for more interesting and entertaining posts.


Sondra Carpenter
The Mardi Gras Girl

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Mardi Gras Day 2018 Falls On February 13

Next year Mardi Gras Day will be  February 13, 2018. 

Don't wait until the last minute to travel to New Orleans, most of the parades and other festivities will be held at least 2 weeks before Fat Tuesday.

Remember Mardi Gras day is the final day of the Carnival Season. After that comes Ash Wednesday which is the beginning of Lent. So if you get there too late you'll miss out!

Feel free to post any questions or related comments below. Thanks for visiting, stop by again soon!


Sondra Carpenter
The Mardi Gras Girl
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Happy Mardi Gras Day 2017!




Hey, the big day has arrived. Today is Mardi Gras Day! This is the last day of the Carnival Season and celebrations. There's still time for you to enjoy the festivities if you're in the area. Lots of music clubs in the French Quarter, on Frenchmen Street and throughout the city will be partying until midnight tonight. After that it's Ash Wednesday and you'll have to wait until next year to do it again! 

Here's some Mardi Gras music from Professor Longhair to help you get into the mood. Enjoy! Happy Mardi Gras, yeaaaah!!!





Sondra Carpenter
The Mardi Gras Girl

Thursday, December 22, 2016

2017 Theme Announced For Mardi Gras Krewe Of Zulu

Part of the fun for every Mardi Gras season is to hear the announcements and details of the new theme for the Mardi Gras krewes. Although Mardi Gras is an enjoyable celebration, one krewe has a more serious theme
that they'll be focused on this year.

The Krewe Of Zulu has declared their theme for 2017 to be "Stop The Violence". All of the krewe's throws and parade floats will reflect this theme. The president of the organization, Naaman Stewart, stated he wanted to take a stand and express concerns about violent crime. Although Mardi Gras is an entertaining event, we're all also hoping this new message is reaching its audience in a more profound way.

Click here for my previous post to read more about the African American Mardi Gras Krewe Of Zulu.

Photo credit: mardigrasneworleans.com


Feel free to post comments below. Thanks for visiting!


Sondra Carpenter
The Mardi Gras Girl
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Friday, May 27, 2016

Mardi Gras Everyday At Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World

Ever want to see where a lot of the action begins for the amazing Mardi Gras parades? It starts with the parade floats! Since 1984 Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World has offered tours of their warehouse where you can even watch some of the artists working.

Blaine Kern Studios has actually been creating the imaginative floats and props for New Orleans Mardi Gras parades since 1947. They also make them for Philadelphia's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Universal Studios in Florida, Toho Park in Japan as well as amusement parks and casinos worldwide.

The space is part museum and part art studio. Many of the the floats are stored here from the New Orleans celebrations and may be re-used and updated. Costumes and figures are also available to view. You're offered and up close and personal look at how they make all the magic happen.

Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World is located at 1380 Port of New Orleans Pl., New Orleans, LA 70114, you can visit their website at: http://www.mardigrasworld.com

Feel free to post comments below. Thanks for visiting.


Sondra Carpenter
The Mardi Gras Girl

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Happy Mardi Gras Day 2016!

Hey, Happy Mardi Gras 2016! Check out the live stream for the Mardi Gras parades and floats for the big day. This is it, starting with the Krewe of Zulu, who's celebrating 100 years of incorporation with new floats,  through the Krewe of Crescent City in New Orleans. 

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Check it out, have fun!

Sondra Carpenter
The Mardi Gras Girl

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Your First Mardi Gras Celebration? Then Make Sure You Read This


Taking precautions always makes sense whenever you plan to attend a parade or other public street fair and Mardi Gras is no exception.

People from all over the world converge on the city of New Orleans throughout the Carnival season, but the last few days counting down to Fat Tuesday are particularly crowded. 

If this is your first time taking part in the Big Easy's massive party or even if you're a Mardi Gras veteran, here are a few things to keep in mind. These 5 tips will help you enjoy the festivities even more:


1. Get an early start
Plan to arrive at parade routes near the beginning of where the krewes will be starting out. When I say early, I mean at least 3 hours. Crowds will swell up quickly and you want to make sure you'll be able to see the floats and be close enough to catch the throws.

2. Dress the part
When I say pay attention to what you're wearing I don't mean just your costume. Check the weather prior to leaving since it can vary this time of year. Plan on layering your clothing; it can be warm, cold, rainy or sunny. 

3. Have a game plan for meals
While you're on the parade route it'll be difficult to get food since restaurants will be incredibly crowded. You may be able to find vendors that have snacks, but don't count on it. Pack your own lunch and try to keep your bag as light as possible, it will be a very long day. Besides you'll need room for the beads and throws you're going to catch!

4. Forget about driving
Don't be concerned about trying to drive anywhere during the Mardi gras weekend. The entire 
French Quarter is closed off for vehicle traffic unless you're driving a float or your car is in the parade with a krewe. Cabs will be difficult to find as well so plan a walking path from your hotel to the parade route.


5. French Quarter is NOT for kids during Mardi Gras
Stay on the parade route areas in Mid-City, Uptown, Central Business District and other areas of the city if you're coming to enjoy Mardi Gras with children. The out of control, risque behavior that gets all the media attention happens in the French Quarter, particularly on Bourbon Street. There are no parades in that area and that's the main reason you came! Most of the Mardi Gras celebrations are family friendly, so no worries if you keep to where the floats travel. 


Hope this helps, if you have any questions or want to add tips from your own Mardi Gras experiences feel free to comment below. Thanks for reading.

*** Want more travel tips? Click here for my post on catching beads and click here for the one on solo travel during Mardi Gras. And most of all, have fun! Yeaaah!


Sondra Carpenter
The Mardi Gras Girl

Friday, January 29, 2016

2016 Is The 20th Anniversary Of The Krewe Of Oshun


The Mardi Gras parades are rolling! Today, Friday, January 29 the Krewe Of Oshun will parade in the Uptown section of New Orleans starting at 6:00PM. This year also marks the krewe's 20th annivarsary!

This year's theme is called It's a Sea of Beauty. It's all about everything beneath the sea. Floats will reflect the ocean including sea horses, oysters and more. Throws will include peacock themed krewe bracelets and fans as well as beads. Also the New Orleans Marching Baby Dolls will be featured in the parade.

This krewe is run by African American women; it's named after the Yoruba goddess of beauty and love with their symbol being the peacock. Oshun also represents fountains and wealth to people throughout the African diaspora particularly Brazil, Cuba and Haiti.

The organization was founded in 1996, providing community service and entertainment throughout the year.

Click here to check out their schedule.
Photo credit: Sabree Hill - UptownMessenger.com

Thanks for reading, feel free to comment below.


Sondra Carpenter
The Mardi Gras Girl


Monday, January 25, 2016

Mardi Gras Parades For 2016


The party is ON folks! Just because Mardi Gras Day falls on February 9, 2016 this year doesn't mean you have to wait until next month to start enjoying the festivities.

Krewes have been rolling their colorful floats and throwing trinkets not only around the French Quarter, but they'll also be appearing Uptown, near the Garden District as well as Marigny and Mid City. Some will also parade outside of the city in areas like Metairie. 

For a full schedule of all of the parades including maps and krewes' estimated start time, click here.

Feel free to post comments below, thanks for stopping by!


Sondra Carpenter
The Mardi Gras Girl

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Like My Facebook Fan Page The Mardi Gras Girl


Created a Facebook Fan Page called The Mardi Gras Girl...what else? Will not only have additional Mardi Gras pictures and updates but also posting more music videos.

So if you'd like to see and hear the artists who are playing the blues, jazz and zydeco music that make up the Carnival and New Orleans sound like Kermit Ruffins, Treme Brass Band, Glen David Andrews and more, make sure to visit: https://www.facebook.com/TheMardiGrasGirl

Please feel free to comment, ask questions and share. Thanks for visiting!


Sondra Carpenter
The Mardi Gras Girl

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Mardi Gras Day 2016 Is On February 9


Well people, Mardi Gras 2016 will be here before you know it. Next year it falls on Tuesday, February 9.

Make sure you don't wait until the last minute to visit New Orleans for the festivities. Remember Mardi Gras Day is the LAST day of the Carnival Season. The next day is Ash Wednesday and folks will either be in church repenting for what they've done, hungover or asleep!

The best time to arrive is about 2 weeks prior to the big day. That's when a lot of the parades will be running throughout the city. You'll be able to see them in the French Quarter, Uptown New Orleans as well as near the Garden District on St. Charles Avenue. 

Stay tuned for more updates. Feel free to post comments below and thanks for visiting!


Sondra Carpenter
The Mardi Gras Girl

Friday, September 25, 2015

Hey The Mardi Gras Girl Is Baaaaack!


Hi folks, my apologies that I've been away so long, but well, life happens. Anyway I'll be posting regularly again. Please feel free to comment and let me know what Mardi Gras related topics you'd like to see covered here.

One topic I do plan on having more posts on is music, since I love the sound of New Orleans. I've started with one of the native musicians Glen David Andrews. Click here to check out my previous post featuring him as well as a video of one of his live performances.

Will also be reviewing some of the traditional brass bands like the Rebirth and Treme Brass Bands.

So glad to have you back if you're a loyal follower, if you're a new visitor welcome to my little world, lol!



Sondra Carpenter
The Mardi Gras Girl

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Happy Mardi Gras Day 2014!

Despite the scene in this picture it's actually a little cool and wet in New Orleans this morning, but you better believe the party will NOT stop!

Check out the live coverage through the video below and stay tuned for more Mardi Gras updates!


Sondra Carpenter
The Mardi Gras Girl



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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Schedules Of New Orleans Mardi Gras Parades For 2014


If you're lucky enough to be in New Orleans this Carnival season, I'm sure you've see some of the amazing Mardi Gras parades. Krewes, which are local social groups, put together floats and incredible costumes and and toss lots of fun things like beads and toys, known as throws, to the screaming crowds.

Since it's sometimes difficult, especially to Mardi Gras newcomers, to know when and where the parades start, this post will cover the schedules from Friday, February 21, 2014 through Fat Tuesday.

Click here for the Parade Schedules. Have fun! Will be posting more on the types of throws.

Feel feel to leave comments below, especially if you have parade stories to tell, hee hee!


Sondra Carpenter
The Mardi Gras Girl