Mardi Gras, Not Just for New Orleans

http://www.parkrideflyusa.comHave you been wanting to attend Mardi Gras, but didn’t want to go to new Orleans? Believe it or not, there are a ton of alternative locations, and one may be close to you!  Here, we have a listing of a few alternative spots to enjoy festivities between January and February 12, 2013.

From January 6-February 12 you can celebrate Mardi Gras in St. Louis, MO.  With activities from a Snowman Softball Tournament to a Family Carnival, to Wiener Dog Races, the Mayor’s Mardi Gras Ball, to the Fat Tuesday Parade, there’s plenty of stuff to do to get rid of the winter blues. If you are from the Midwest, you can enjoy all the attributes of a New Orleans-style Mardi Gras without traveling to Louisiana.

Travel to Pensacola, Florida for not only a great Mardi Gras celebration but also for a marching band competition. The marching band event, Marching Madness Parade and Competition, is in its second year and draws bands from both Florida and Alabama.  Advertising itself as a more family oriented celebration than others, Pensacola may be a great alternative to the mass and mayhem of New Orleans.

If you are traveling to San Diego, CA., around Fat Tuesday, you may want to checkout the Hillcrest Mardi Gras Festival. On February 12, 2013, the town will hold a street festival between 6PM -11PM.  There will be live entertainment, street vendors, and food and drink.  There’s also a celebration in the Gaslamp Quarter, where a parade and street performers will take place on February 12, as well.  Lights, sound and visual displays will surround the festival goers and will surely provide a great time in San Diego.

Looking for some Mardi Gras fun in Deadwood, SD, in the Black Hills?  On February 8-9, you can join the party. Billed as the best party north of the Bayou, the event offers parades, costumes, live music and great food and drink. Another highpoint is a Cajun food cook-off competition. But, if you are just a parade lover, they estimate 100,000 bead sets will be thrown during the parade!

In Washington D.C. area and want to experience Louisiana’s Mardi Gras?  The Louisiana State Society of Washington, D.C. is holding a Washington Mardi Gras Festival on February 1, followed by a black-tie ball on Saturday.v

Galveston, Texas holds a major Mardi Gras Festival.  For 12 days, starting February 1, you can dance, run, roll, or ride your way through the celebration. Join party go-ers in a huge Hokey Pokey Dance as they try to top 1500 dancers. Another quirky activity in Galveston is the 2nd Annual Zaniest Golf Cart Parade.  They even offer golf cart rental for those who need one!  Decorate yours to win the Best Decorated Golf Cart Contest.  The party winds up with the annual parade.  But, there are a ton of things to do in Galveston, so if you get a chance to go to Mardi Gras there, you will be glad you did.

There are hundreds of celebrations across the country, so just do some research and you will find one that fits your budget and location.  However, if you are flying to your Mardi Gras destination, please check out for great deals on off-airport parking.  Our vendors offer rates normally lower than those found directly at the airport.  They provide transportation to and from your departure terminal, luggage assistance, and a guaranteed parking space.

If you travel to Mardi Gras and have some tales to tell, let us know.  We’d love to hear about your experiences!

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