The traditions of Mardi Gras are a huge part of New Orleans' cultural identity. They've been evolving since the mid-1700s, and for the past century or so, the music of the Crescent City has provided the thread that ties all these traditions together. It's history you can dance to, and you can get a taste of it in this list of songs by a few of New Orleans' finest musicians.
Some of these players focus on preserving the past, while others use history as a springboard to the future. What they all have in common is that the music they play could never have come from anywhere but New Orleans — and you can probably find most of them playing somewhere in the city during Mardi Gras. Visit website
The idea of going to Mardi Gras has always enchanted me – it seems so darn celebratory. I have been to New Orleans many times, but visiting during Mardi Gras would be like entering utopia. An explosion of color, parades, jazz and revelry surrounded by history and très délicieux creole and cajun food. Failing a journey to the Bayou state, you can always host your own Mardi Gras extravaganza. For a short history of Mardi Gras, check out the story here. Brought to New Orleans by the French, it may also explain why the mere mention of the place starts my mouth to watering. Visit website
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