We all are expecting Mardis Gras to look a little different this year given the fact that we are still in a pandemic. If you’re looking to have an adventure and celebrate the season, but avoid the larger crowds in New Orleans, the good news is that several cities across the South have very nice celebrations. Read on to see!
Georgia’s capital is a wonderful Southern city to adventure to for Mardis Gras if you’re in the surrounding region. This year, they’re having a big block party to celebrate, and don’t worry, COVID-19 safety rules will be in place (make sure to bring your mask!). The Midtown Block Party will be held on February 26th and 27th, with tickets $30 per person. Your ticket includes a complimentary shot, beads, food, and access to live music, face painting, and a photo booth! Over 15 bars and restaurants will be participating and offering New Orleans themed foods and drinks. So, dress up, gather some beads and friends, and get ready for a Big Easy style adventure right in Atlanta.
You may not think of Raleigh, North Carolina when you think about Mardis Gras, but they have two fun events planned for this year. There’s a bar crawl on February 20th that’s known for extravagance: attendees are encouraged to wear “outrageous colorful costumes, masks, and a whole lot of beads” to escape their everyday life and be whoever they want for the night! Another fun option is the Mardis Gras party at Raleigh’s own Big Easy, The Big Easy NC. This New Orleans themed bar is serving up Cajun and Creole food, mixing up some hurricanes to wash it down, and providing live music from Mike Mixer. It’s all happening on February 16th, so make sure to mark your calendar!
If you want a family-friendly way to celebrate Mardis Gras with your kids, the party happening at Universal Studios Orlando is the one for you! This shindig happens every year when Universal Studios transforms into a New Orleans style party, and this year is no exception, though of course, it will look a bit different. There can be no parades or concerts this year in order to promote social distancing and you will need to wear a mask at all times (except when eating or drinking). However, you’re still in for a load of fun. There will be a Mardis Gras themed scavenger hunt you can do with the kids and a Mardis Gras Tribute Store where you can do a little shopping. While there are no official concerts, music and street entertainment will be sprinkled throughout the park for you to enjoy while you stroll. And similarly, while there is no formal parade, the spectacular Mardis Gras floats will be on display! The big event of the season, running from February 6th to March 28th, is the International Flavors of Carnaval celebration, where you can sample traditional Carnaval foods from various countries.
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