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ClassBrain's Top 10 Mardi Gras Websites
By Sarah Lane
Jun 4, 2006, 14:26 PST

ClassBrain’s Top Ten Mardi Gras Websites

Carnival refers to the season of merriment which always begins on January 6. Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) is the single culminating day of Carnival and it is always the day before Ash Wednesday. So, pack your bags and get there early ‘cause the party is going to be huge! If you plan on attending, make your reservations right now. To help you find out more about this yearly celebration and plan your trip, we’ve created a list of the Top Ten Mardi Gras Websites to get you up-to-date.

1. Mardi Gras - New Orleans
Get ready to party! This comprehensive website will provide you with updated parade information, historical facts and traditions about the celebration, information about the Krewes, and the best places to get King Cakes, beads, and masks. Also view videos, browse the picture gallery, and check out the live web cams.
Source: Mardi Gras - New Orleans

2. How Mardi Gras Works
If you’ve never visited How Stuff Works then you’re in for a treat! This is their special section on Mardi Gras which answers questions like ‘What does Mardi Gras celebrate?’ and ‘When was the first “modern” Mardi Gras?’ Learn about the costumes, parades, use the Mardi Gras glossary, and see what kind of family fun is waiting for you at the “greatest free party on Earth!”
Source: How Stuff Works, Inc.

It’s Carnival time in New Orleans! Aside from getting all the latest Mardi Gras News this site allows you to check out parade schedules and maps for 2004. This list includes schedules from outside of New Orleans as well and you can submit your own parade. View exclusive party Cams and browse the visitor’s guide if your thinking about making the trip. There’s also a Mardi Gras forum where you can exchange the latest gossip about this event.
Source: New Orleans Net LLC.

4. About Mardi Gras Madness
This is your guide to everything New Orleans and everything Mardi Gras. Want to know how to build a float? How about the art of making authentic Cajun recipes? Make a King Cake, get party decoration ideas, and buy videos, books, t-shirts,posters, beads, masks, and more!
Source: Ablaze Productions, Inc.

5. Mardi Gras on the Net
Holidays On The Net presents this special section, Mardi Gras On The Net. Learn about the true traditions of “Fat Tuesday”, the parades, the beads, doubloons, and trinkets, King Cakes, and learn how to construct your very own festival mark. Link up to Mardi Gras books and music, greeting cards, and while you’re here take a look around as some of the other holidays coming up on the calendar.
Source: Holidays on the Net

6. Tulane Special Collections
This fabulous online exhibit features historical float designs, costume designs, and invitations from the Golden Age of New Orleans Carnival (1870-1930). Courtesy of the Tulane Manuscripts Department you can view a selection of original designs from the Carnival Collection online. You’ll find the history of four elaborate float designs, five original costume designs from the 1914 tableau ball of the Mistick Krewe of Comus complete with measurements, and three Carnival invitations and two dance cards ranging in years from 1881 to 1903. Click on any of the images in this collection to see a larger view and more detailed information.
Source: Special Collections Tulane Libraries, Jones Hall, Tulane University

7. Mardi Gras Digest
‘The Region’s #1 site for News, and Information on the Carnival Industry.’ Get the latest headlines, travel help, and more for the United State’s major Carnival centers. Check the official parade and ball schedules for 2004 and click on the new feature the Carnival Song Jukebox for songs and their lyrics in time for the 2004 season. This site sends out reporters to cover events, and works with the krewes and captains to keep the confidential aspects of each organization intact, but publishes the news carnival lovers crave.
Source: Clark Companies of N.C., Inc.

8. Mardi Gras Unmasked
Aside from the usual historical account of this popular tradition complete with terminology, useful tips, and parade schedules, you can explore the colorful characters who enrich the celebration, view 360º panoramas and e-cards, and see what others have to say about Mardi Gras. Find out what’s going on day-by-day in the weeks leading up to Carnival Day, learn about the genres and evolution of Mardi Gras music, and tale the Carnival Trivia Challenge. Check the site-map for a complete list of this site’s offerings.
Source: G.R.B. Enterprises

9. Mardi Gras EarthCam
Want to see for yourself what goes on in New Orleans during Mardi Gras? These archived EarthCams will show you just what’s in store if you’re thinking about joining in the celebration. Check out Bourbon Street, the Inn on Bourbon, the Oyster Cam, Bead Cam, Tropical Isle, and the Tricou House Cam. Also view archived videos of the 2002 celebration.
Source: EarthCam, Inc.

Get Mardi Gras parade schedules and maps, a history of Mardi Gras, browse photo galleries, and check out Krewes A-Z at this site. See what kinds of events are going on for kids, get help throwing your own party, as see an array of costumes. Consult the dictionary to make sure you’re up on all the Mardi Gras lingo.
Source: L.L.C.

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