Countdown to Mardi Gras: Are you heading to New Orleans?
By Aimee Heckel
Let the countdown to Fat Tuesday begin. Mardi Gras is less than a month away, so if you’ve always wanted to do it big in New Orleans, book now, before everything’s sold out.
When is it?
Fat Tuesday is March 4. Celebrations begin as early as Feb. 28.
Where to stay?
Where you stay can completely shape your experience. If you’re looking for something unique and inexpensive, check out the vacation rental by owner options on VRBO.com. Stay in a mansion in the historic Garden District, a “gypsy house” with a courtyard, a penthouse nine blocks from the French Quarter, a romantic Creole cottage or if you want to score a great deal, this uptown cottage for six offers 15 percent off three nights or more.
Want to save money?
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Consider booking a Mardi Gras package.
MardiGrasInsideTours.com sells Mardi Gras vacation packages that include a hotel, balcony on Bourbon Street, cocktail party, parade ticket, a French quarter pub crawl, a ghost walking tour and more. Plus, choose a day trip on an airboat tour into the swamps of Louisiana or a trip to the Oak Alley Plantation, where “Interview With a Vampire” was filmed.
If you’re looking to make the most of your trip, and minimize the stress of planning, consider booking an all-inclusive tour. Get the best view of the parade in a great location with these specials. We recommend scoring a spot in the Maison Bourbon Jazz Club, with its massive balcony that overlooks both Bourbon and St. Peter streets. Look for Maison Bourbon packages that include food and an open bar.
Priceline.com and many other travel providers also offer various Mardi Gras packages.
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