Anyone who lives in the New Orleans area knows that Mardi Gras is a time of year that the Crescent City ignites into a prolonged celebration of music, parading, dancing, and an endless round of smiles. With that in mind and as Mardi Gras 2017 has now come to an end, we know the memories and the scenes would always remain.

If you are from New Orleans, you know that one of the most amazing things about Mardi Gras is getting to experience the beautiful floats that people spend half the year building. From Endymion to Bacchus to Zulu, it is an endless exhibit of art curated for the enjoyment of our city as a whole.  

Beside the well known and well thought out events during the celebration, there is also endless underground events that define the city. Another amazing sight this year was a sunrise parade at a popular spot called, “The End of The World”.  As the sun rose in the sky, hundreds of dressed up, happy-go-lucky people still marched while singing, laughing, and waving flags like there was no worry in the world. Their hearts danced, along with their feet and the dust in the sunlight danced along too. It was a depiction of pure happiness and a reminder of the joy the Mardi Gras brings to everyone in New Orleans. One of the biggest realizations during this year’s festivity is seeing how the parade goers embody the concept of “Southern Hospitality”.

It’s amazing how many people greet each other with a warm smile and a friendly “Hello” or just an exciting “Happy Mardi Gras”. When walking down the streets of the French Quarter or along the parade route down St. Charles Avenue, you will find a true sense of our welcoming community. Mardi Gras is a loud reminder of why the city of New Orleans is LOVED. Every year during Mardi Gras, we show gratitude for how lucky we are to live in a place that makes you appreciate life. This annual reminder keeps us enjoying the simple things and always whispers to us, “Laissez les bon tempes rouler.” 

By: Josh Demelo
Photo Credit: Josh Demelo & Derek Wohltmann