Cheap Flights for Mardi Gras Carnival 2012
Mardi Gras is all about parades, floats, excitement, music… and one big holiday in New Orleans! It is undoubtedly a big moment when people head to New Orleans to enjoy an extended weekend of festivities. Mardi Gras falls on February 21, 2012. However, preparations for Mardi Gras celebrations begin weeks before. The 12th night after Christmas traditionally marks the beginning of the Carnival season. Carnival related events start about two weeks before Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras day) with preparations for annual parades, costume balls and parties in full swing. In 2011, close to 60 krewes (Carnival parade organizations) organized parades during the weekends in various parts of New Orleans leading up to Mardi Gras. This year the carnival is poised to be even much bigger.
Mardi Gras History: Mardi Gras was celebrated in France since the Middle Ages, and later on it was brought to North America by the French explorer Iberville in 1699. However, according to other sources Mardi Gras’ roots predate the French with many seeing it associated with ancient tribal rituals of fertility, welcoming the advent of Spring. These tribal rituals were later on created as Carnival by the early Church fathers as a period of merriment serving, as a prelude to the penitential season of Lent.
Besides being New Orleans’ premier party season, Mardi Gras is also celebrated in a grand way in Florida and Alabama. Grab Mardi Gras Holidays Special Deals being provided by Fare Buzz at incredibly cheap rates and be part of exciting parades all around the Alabama Gulf Coast. Mardi Gras is one such joyous occasion which provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy life, party, and have a good time!