Where to go for Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is fast approaching. This year, we celebrate Mardi Gras on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. In case you were itching to go big this Mardi Gras to kick off the 20s, we have compiled the ultimate list of where to be on Fat Tuesday.

If you want to go all-out in the US… 

Head to New Orleans, Louisiana. New Orleans is a popular travel destination for Mardi Gras, where the celebrations take place all February long. Parades will run the streets nearly every day of the month.

According to Best New Orleans Hotels, rooms book fast. If you’re in a pickle, you could try booking in the “family-friendly suburb” of Metairie, on the outskirts of the city.  Try the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, Courtyard by Marriott, or Comfort Inn & Suites. Our favorite though is the fabulously haunted French Market Inn! If New Orleans is too busy, try Lafayette, another esteemed hotspot for celebrators.

If you want to go all-out out-of-country…

If you’re seeking the ULTIMATE celebration, consider traveling to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the home of the world’s largest Carnival. Carnival is no joke and attracts over 2 million people every year. While it’s best to book for Carnival WELL in advance, it doesn’t hurt to keep Rio de Janeiro on your bucket list if you haven’t already experienced it or booked.

If you want to go to the birthplace of Mardi Gras celebrations in the US…

Head to Mobile, Alabama. Mobile hosted the first-ever celebration in the US in 1703. Like New Orleans, the festivities start early (a few weeks out from Fat Tuesday). Try The Admiral Hotel, The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa, a Holiday Inn Express in Daphne or Saraland, or others. 

Don’t count out…

Galveston, Texas. Galveston hosts what’s deemed to be the third-largest Mardi Gras celebration in the US. You’re sure to enjoy great music and unforgettable food while you’re there. Book at the Candlewood Suites, Quality Inn & Suites Beachfront, Sleep Inn & Suites Galveston Island, or the Galvestone Inn & Suites Hotel.


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