Mardi Gras has been attended by people all over the world and has played a a major role in making New Orleans famous. What many people do not know is that Mardi Gras consists of an entire season of celebrations.
Part of the celebration leading up to Mardi Gras is called Carnival, which begins on January 6th every year. Between Carnival and the culminating point, Fat Tuesday, the size and excitement of the celebration builds. Parades are held throuhout the season but the more popular ones are scheduled towards the end, such as Endymion, Bacchus, Zulu, and Rex.
It is all about the beads, beads, beads, people watching, and the music! Mardi Gras makes for an unforgettable trip to New Orleans. While most people think of parades, there are plenty of other traditions too. The King and Queen of each Krewe (club) work all year long for their big, spectacular ball; their identity is revealed at the ball.