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Top Trips | A Southern Mardi Gras

Plan an RV Road Trip to Celebrate Mardi Gras

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The southern states of the USA put on fantastic Mardi Gras and Carnival celebrations each year. Some of these last for a week and some for just a day. If you can enjoy a road trip around Mardi Gras this year, you can take this opportunity to explore some of the amazing and unique culture of some of the southern states.  This road trip will take you from Florida to Louisiana, ending at the New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration.

Pensacola, Florida

In Florida you will find some amazing Mardi Gras celebrations, they enjoy Mardi Gras in their unique Florida way. Pensacola has one of Florida's great Mardi Gras celebrations, the events begin in early January and continue until Mardi Gras, which is the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday each year. You can enjoy the parades, some occur in the evening and some during the day. There are also a variety of Mardi Gras balls, as well as breakfast and dinner events. Pensacola celebrates Mardi Gras in style and visitors can join the local revelers in enjoying the food and drink at a variety of local establishments that offer fun Mardi Gras events.

Mobile, Alabama

After enjoying the start of Mardi Gras in Pensacola, road trippers can travel on to Mobile, Alabama. Mobile is the place to visit if you are looking for a unique Carnival or Mardi Gras experience. The diverse cultural influences of the city make it one of Alabama's most unique cities. It's mix of Catholic, Creole, French and Spanish make for an amazing Carnival Celebration. Mobile is home to the original Mardi Gras celebrations. The Carnival celebrations can start in November and continue until midnight on Mardi Gras. During this time period the streets are filled with parades, live marching bands and immense crowds of celebrators. Another way to experience the history and culture of Carnival, visitors can stop at the Mobile Carnival Museum.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Continuing on to the road trip into Louisiana, travelers can stop at Baton Rouge. In Baton Rouge the parades start in February and the fun doesn't end until after Mardi Gras. The parades are all hosted by different groups around the city. Should you choose to spend Mardi Gras season in Baton Rouge, you will have many options to enjoy the masquerade and excitement of the celebrations. You can collect beads and enjoy the party atmosphere of the events. Mardi Gras in Louisiana is unlike any other event in the world.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Finally, you can finish your Mardi Gras road trip in New Orleans. New Orleans is known for the biggest and best Carnival/Mardi Gras celebration in the entire United States. The Big Easy starts celebrating Carnival as early as the end of January and continues the celebration right up to Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday. In New Orleans you will find a different parade each night, all with amazing floats, colorful costumes and lots of fun. Mardi Gras is a celebration that unites many of the diverse origins of the city under one event. Visitors to New Orleans can see the Mardi Gras Indians or watch the Zulu parade. A single visit to New Orleans during the Carnival season will never be enough to truly experience all that Carnival is in New Orleans.

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