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How to Party Mardi Gras Style

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Chelsea Pellegrino


It might be one of the only times where partying on a Tuesday is totally acceptable. We’re talking Mardi Gras! French for “Fat Tuesday,” Mardi Gras signifies the last day before a traditional religious period of fasting. Though our country’s biggest Mardi Gras celebrations take place in Louisiana’s French Quarters, there are ways to party no matter where you live! The best way to bring a festive mood to your Mardi Gras bash is to hire awesome entertainment. Luckily, we have a ton of talented vendors to make your event a success. 

Turn Up the Tunes


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For true New Orleans songs, look no further than a zydeco band, such as the Bourbon Street Band. These bands blend blues, cajun, jazz and other energetic sounds, which will keep partygoers on their feet all night! Jazz musicians, brass bands and blues singers are other great choices to add to the celebration. To bring authentic Bourbon Street sounds to your party, book a cajun band, such as the Nawlin's Po' Boy'z.

Add Some Variety


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Music is just the beginning. Adding a few variety acts will bring the carnival feel to your event. Stilt walkers and circus acts will put on quite a show, and a face painter will give everyone a Mardi Gras mask that won't fall off. 

Set the Mood


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After you book your entertainment, it’s time to think atmosphere. With the right decor, you can transform your venue into the Big Easy! Black, purple, green and gold are the go-to colors for this event. Think: shiny streamers, feathers and beads galore. You don’t need to spend a fortune to make your venue resemble Bourbon Street. Top off the celebration with party invitations and a few classic New Orleans meals like shrimp and grits.