Let the Good Times Roll

Mardi Gras parades roll throughout New Orleans, LA.

Anna Bass, Editor-in-Chief

During President’s Day Weekend, I traveled to New Orleans, LA to experience Mardi Gras. Beginning on Jan. 6 and ending on Feb. 21, aka Fat Tuesday, the celebration takes place throughout the city with huge parades. Each parade is staged by a Krewe, and each Krewe has a special theme that correlates to it’s intricate floats. The floats are typically decorated with flashing LED lights, painted flowers, huge sculptures and usually feature a specific character. All the floats throw a variety of treasures, including beads, cups, metal coins called doubloons and light up toys.

The parades also include performances from local high school bands and dance teams as well as dance groups organized by citizens of New Orleans. This was the first year that Mardi Gras was able to be celebrated fully after COVID-19 and I am very grateful to have been able to attend.