How to Experience Mardi Gras in 24 Hours or Less

The celebration will begin with a Mardi Gras-style parade led by the crowned king and queen of the Tall City before the Cajun-style cooking and live music begins. Make sure to get them to go, though, because you've got a parade to catch. During the weekends leading up to Mardi Gras, the streets of New Orleans come alive with flamboyant parades.

Fat Tuesday Downtown - Participating downtown and entertainment district businesses will offer events and specials in Fayetteville for the 18-and-older crowd.

Once inside, visitors were greeted by the zoo's mascot, Roary the lion, and bubbles and Mardi Gras décor.

It's time to fuel up for the long night ahead, and there's nothing better for lunch in New Orleans than a po' boy.

"This event is wonderful and so much fun to do because the children are already in a festive mood after the parade", Saucier said. Another one is right around the corner.

The parade will begin near The Depot on Jones Avenue and will proceed north to Main Street.

Anyone who cannot attend a Mardi Gras event can still view the parades and festivities through WSFA's coverage of New Orleans' Mardi Gras entertainment.

  • Salvatore Jensen