It's Mardi Gras Season
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St Louis, Missouri
January 6 – March 5
St. Louis claims to have the biggest Mardi Gras event outside of New Orleans. Soulard is St. Louis' best-known Mardi Gras party, but there are a number of other balls and parades that take place all over St. Louis when it's Mardi Gras time. St. Louis prides itself on the New Orleans style cuisine it offers during Mardi Gras. There are plenty of highly recommended restaurants where you can enjoy this special cuisine. Those traveling with kids can enjoy festivities at the St. Louis Zoo. Admission is free and kids can make masks, listen to music, and join in a special parade.
February 9 – April 4
One of the most popular Mardi Gras parties in the country is hosted by Universal Studios. Universal's Mardi Gras lasts for 50 nights, and there is a parade with fantastic performers every night. On special nights, Universal hosts headliners for massive Mardi Gras concerts. There are also special youth events if you want to make it a family affair.
3Mardi Gras in Mobile
February 15 – March 5
Mardi Gras in Mobile, Alabama is the oldest carnival celebration—even older than that of New Orleans. The first known Mardi Gras celebration in the United States took place in the coastal Alabama town in 1703. There are several parades and events in Mobile leading up to Mardi Gras. They begin celebrating two weeks before the Mardi Gras date and the streets are always full of marching bands, dancers, and performers of all kinds. Mobile also has a Carnival Museum dedicated to their history.
4La Crosse Mardi Gras
La Crosse, Wisconsin
February 16 – March 5
The La Crosse Mardi Gras celebration is centered on two events – the Costume Ball and the Family Festival. Both events seek to raise money for the Aquinas Catholic Schools. The Costume Ball includes a Rex and Queen, who are properly dressed in their royal garb, and a number of krewes that represent the local parishes. The Family Festival features games and Cajun food and the La Crosse Mardi Gras has, in recent years, been able to donate more than $10,000 to the Aquinas Catholic Schools through various Mardi Gras events and it is the spirit of giving as well as the entertainment that keeps people coming back year after year.
5Mardi Gras in Galveston
February 22 – March 5
The third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States takes place in Galveston, Texas. You can partake in all of the celebration's typical festivities while enjoying time on the beach. More than 300,000 people are expected to visit Galveston Island during the Mardi Gras celebration, which features more than 30 concerts, 22 parades, 20 balcony parties, and five masked balls. The Jockusch Building hosts multiple balcony parties where you can enjoy drinks and the best view of the parades down below, as it offers vantage points to both of the main parade streets. On Fat Tuesday evening, the final parade goes through the downtown and includes eight marching bands and all of the parading Krewes.
6Mardi Gras in San Diego
San Diego, California
March 1 – March 5
Another popular Mardi Gras destination is San Diego, California. San Diego hosts the biggest Mardi Gras celebration on the West Coast. San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter is home to a massive masquerade parade and celebration. This parade brings over-the-top floats, music, and tons of energy.
7Mardi Gras in Biloxi
Fat Tuesday festivities can be found all along Interstate-10, but Biloxi is the center, as it's home to the Gulf Coast Carnival Association and King d’Iberville and Queen Ixolib, local residents selected every year to reign over Biloxi’s parades as royalty. The city even has a Mardi Gras Museum located inside a historic hotel that displays traditional costumes, memorabilia and photos of the holiday’s 100-year history in the region.