The big Mardi Gras weekend is here with celebrations around the state
Posted on 2/24/2017 5:01:00 AM.

The big Mardi Gras weekend has arrived as cities and towns will be celebrating the carnival season with parades and traditional Mardi Gras festivities Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser says Mardi Gras is not just popular in New Orleans and Lafayette, central and north Louisiana are getting into the act. He says he was recently the Grand Marshall of the first parade ever in Ball.

“Gives you an idea how Mardi Gras is spread across Louisiana, every community and every community has something unique and special about their Mardi Gras celebration.”

Nungesser will also serve as the Grand Marshall of the Lions Club parade in Covington starting at 10 a.m. on Fat Tuesday. The Lt. Governor says the celebrations across Louisiana have really grown over the last few years.

“Family oriented events are really popping up and being a great tourist attraction that is bringing people from all over the country, not just to the Mardi Gras in New Orleans anymore but to Mardi Gras all over Louisiana.”

Thousands of tourists will be in New Orleans for the biggest Mardi Gras celebration of them all. The big parades of Endymion and Bacchus will roll down St. Charles Ave on Saturday and Sunday night. And Nungesser says the party will not stop until Fat Tuesday.

“It is a great party and great fun and it’s really a great opportunity for Louisiana to put our best foot forward to welcome tourists from all over the world to celebrate Mardi Gras.”

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