Mardi Gras, the famous celebration of parades, masked balls, music, food, and elaborate costumes, is taking place right now in New Orleans, Louisiana. The official day of Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday”, which is the final day of celebrations, takes place on Tuesday, February 21st. But already there are parades and celebrations taking place every weekend this month, as the festivities lead up to the final week of Mardi Gras.
If you’ve decided, rather impulsively, that you’d like to travel to New Orleans to attend this year’s Mardi Gras celebrations, it should be noted that a last minute decision to travel to New Orleans is not recommended, as accommodations in the city are scarce during Mardi Gras. That being said, after some research today, I discovered that there are still some vacation home rentals available out there.
Some of the vacation properties still available are absolutely wonderful, and you’ll want to make your reservation immediately. Historic homes, close to famous New Orleans districts, such as Bourbon Street, the French Quarter, the Garden District, and Jackson Square, make it possible for you to walk to the parades. Being within walking distance of the celebrations is very practical, as the streets are very congested, and parking is difficult to find.
Some to the vacation homes still available for rent are more suited for larger groups, but there are still ones out there that are perfect for a family to rent.
Family Gras celebrations take place this coming weekend from Friday, February 10, to Sunday, February 12, 2012. Held at the Veterans Memorial Boulevard, in Metairie, Louisiana, Family Gras is a great place for families to celebrate Mardi Gras, in a family friendly atmosphere. Free outdoor concerts, an Art Market, and the Flambeau Food Court, featuring delicious local cuisine, gives families the perfect weekend getaway.
If you do plan to attend Family Gras, be sure to procure any baby gear rentals you might need to make the day easier. A stroller, a wagon, or a good child backpack carrier can make toting your little ones around much easier. And don’t forget to plan for the weather, as with any outdoor event, so you don’t get caught off guard in the rain, with your children.
Although you may wish to rent a car, to get you around the city when you get there, a bike rental may be a much wiser, and more practical choice. Many of the city’s streets will be closed to traffic during the parades, parking is scarce, and congestion is a problem. But a bike can help you get to the center of the action more quickly than walking, is easily stored, and locked up while you enjoy the parades.
Many of the festivities during Mardi Gras encourage you to get into the spirit, and arrive in costume. What better time to get decked out, and don an elaborate costume, than during Mardi Gras.
If you decide to travel to New Orleans for this year’s Mardi Gras, or if you plan to go next year, be sure to use Rentcharlie.com to help you track down any rental items you may need while you’re there.