Mardi Gras 2018 is Tuesday, February 13. As the best Mardi Gras hostel in New Orleans, we’re counting down the minutes.
Mardi Gras always lands on the Tuesday that’s 47 days before Easter. The “official” parade season kicks off the second Friday before Mardi Gras…But this is New Orleans, so there are plenty of unofficial parades that start rolling as early as the first week of January.
Locals know that you never really know where you want to be until… you’re there. And in New Orleans, if you go with the flow, you’ll find that the best moments happen when you let the city take you where it wants you.
So when did it all begin?
The origins of Mardi Gras can be traced to medieval Europe, passing through Rome and Venice in the 17th and 18th centuries to the French House of the Bourbons. From here, the traditional revelry of “Boeuf Gras,” or fatted calf, followed France to her colonies.
America’s very first Mardi Gras was held in 1703, in the tiny settlement of Fort Louis de la Mobile. The first Mardi Gras parade celebrated in New Orleans took place in 1837 by French settlers and was then widely embraced by non-French or Catholic residents of New Orleans.
Most hotels and hostels sell out months before Carnival season – and we’re no different! Find rates and availability for The Quisby during Mardi Gras 2018 here.
All of the major parades go past our front door. There is no better perch for enjoying the festivities than our fully stocked lobby bar.
Want more info on the Mardi Gras celebrations? Here are a few resources to check out: