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Mardi Gras Celebrations in the Southeast U.S.

Mardi Gras Parades in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida

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While New Orleans takes the cake (King Cake that is) for Mardi Gras celebrations in the United States, there are several popular Mardi Gras celebrations in other southeastern cities as well, each with its own unique traditions and variations. For great Mardi Gras parades, revelry and crazy fun, the following celebrations offer an array of choices with everything from family friendly celebrations to some that are best enjoyed by adults only. Also see: When is Mardi Gras?

New Orleans, Louisiana - Mardi Gras Celebrations

Mardi Gras Rex Parade Floats - Photo Credit:  Chris Graythen / Getty Images
Mardi Gras Rex Parade Floats - Photo Credit: Chris Graythen / Getty Images
Mardi Gras in New Orleans is one of the most famous festivals in the world. It is the signature event of this unique American city and my 2014 March Destination Top Pick.

Also see:
New Orleans Mardi Gras Website
Mardi Gras Tips - Mardi Gras Dos and Don'ts
More About New Orleans Travel
New Orleans Hotels - Rates, Reviews and Reservations

Mobile, Alabama - Mardi Gras Celebrations

America's Family Mardi Gras in Mobile, Alabama - Photo Credit: Photo Courtesy of the Mobile Bay CVB
The first known American Mardi Gras celebration took place in Mobile, Alabama in the year 1703. Today Mobile's celebrations, unlike many celebrations in other cities, are family friendly with fun for all ages. The celebrations continue for weeks featuring many unique Mardi Gras parades in downtown Mobile Bay and on Dauphin Island. Spectators come from near and far, each hoping to catch some trinkets, beads, candy or moon pies. The festivities culminate on the Monday and Tuesday (Fat Tuesday) before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.

Also see:
Mobile Hotels - Rates, Reviews and Reservations

The Mississippi Gulf Coast - Mardi Gras Celebrations

Mardi Gras on the Mississippi Gulf Coast - Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Mississippi Gulf Coast CVB
Mardi Gras on the Mississippi Gulf Coast - Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Mississippi Gulf Coast CVB
The Mississippi Gulf Coast, including Biloxi, Gulfport, Pass Christian and other towns and communities, celebrates Mardi Gras with more than 20 festive parades, an array of Mardi Gras balls and more. The Mississippi Gulf Coast Mardi Gras season lasts for more than three weeks, leading up to Fat Tuesday with most parades and events taking place during the weekends.

Also see:
Biloxi Hotels - Rates, Reviews and Reservations
Gulfport Hotels - Rates, Reviews and Reservations

Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Mardi Gras Celebrations

Pink Flamingos featured in Spanish Town's Mardi Gras Parade, echo the community's affinity for them.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana celebrates Mardi Gras with several nighttime and daytime parades, including one for the dogs. There is also an annual Mardi Gras Mambo 10K Run. One of the most unique Baton Rouge parades, the Spanish Town Parade, features pink flamingos, a decorated Lawnmower Brigade and much more in the city's oldest and possibly quirkiest neighborhood.

Also see:
Baton Rouge Hotels - Rates, Reviews and Reservations

Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida - Mardi Gras Celebrations

Universal Studios Mardi Gras - Photo Credit: © 2009 Universal Orlando Resort. All Rights Reserved.
Billed as the biggest Mardi Gras celebration this side of the bayou, Universal Studios presents a Mardi Gras celebration that features Mardi Gras parades, a mega concert series, Cajun cuisine and more. About.com's Guide to Florida Travel has the details and lots of helpful tips for visiting the Universal Studios Mardi Gras celebration, as well loads of travel information for other Florida destinations.

Also see
Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando: For Families and Teens

Mardi Gras Masks, Costumes, Beads and More

Mardi Gras Masks - Photo Credit:  BuyCostumes.com
Photo Credit: BuyCostumes.com
Whether planning a Mardi Gras vacation, getaway, day-trip, staycation or welcoming visitors to enjoy the festivities at a nearby celebration, these festive Mardi Gras accessories, costumes and supplies will help add to the Mardi Gras spirit and fun. Also Party Decorations and Supplies

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