Celebrities At Mardi Gras 2012

12 Apr

Celebrities At Mardi Gras 2012

It’€™s going to be a star-studded Mardi Gras this year. The city is no stranger to celebrities of all types from movie stars to sports stars. This year a couple of the parades feature quite a few notables to look out for.

The Krewe of Orpheus is going to feature two icons of the 80s at their king and queen. Poison frontman Bret Michaels and pop star Cyndi Lauper will serve as this year’€™s King and Queen. The krewe was originally founded by New Orleans-born Harry Connick Jr. Other celebrities invited to roll with the krewe this year include award winning actress Hillary Swank and Mariska Hargitay from Law & Order.

The Honorary Muse for this year’€™s Muses parade will be Hollywood actress Patricia Clarkson, a New Orleans native as well.

In the most opulent parade, The Krewe of Endymion will be featuring quite a few celebrities, too. The Grand Marshall of the parade is Maroon 5, led by their frontman Adam Levine. If a band as Grand Marshall wasn’€™t enough, country starts Big & Rich will also be featured in the parade. Famous newscaster Anderson Cooper will also be riding as a special guest of the krewe.

The biggest celebrity spot, however, is the coveted “King of Bacchus.” This year, the Krewe of Bacchus has chosen actor and comedian Will Ferrell. It should be a great Mardi Gras this year. Here’€™s to catching some beads or receiving a shoe from a celebrity!

Mardi Gras 2012 New Orleans

12 Apr

Mardi Gras 2012 New Orleans and the World

If you were born in or live in the New Orleans area, you are likely to see Mardi Gras 2012 as a part of annual tradition. Yes, the kids are out of school and, occasionally, some relatives but definitely a lot of strangers come to town. The hotels are packed and the metropolitan area is gitty with excitement for an entire week before hand and all the way through Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras day. 

Its seen as the last hurrah before Lent; however, many of the younger parade goers, new transplants, and even a lot of the tourists who traveled hundreds of miles just to observe and participate don’€™t know much about the basic history.

I think that it is clear to all natives and visitors that New Orleans has just as rich a history as any port city ever had, and it continues to change, adapt, grow, and honor new developments, in unforgettable ways. These unforgettable celebrations and honors return in the form of Mardi Gras 2012 as it has since about 1781. Of course it took almost another 100 years before the carnival balls, processions, floats, and throws that we recognize today to take shape between 1872 and 73. This was when parade popularity began to grow and the establishment of the association of the purple, green and gold colors and even a song to commemorate the carnival celebration was used.

Some of the most famous Mardi Gras 2012 celebrations take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Sinaloa, Mexico and New Orleans, Louisiana. However, it is celebrated around the world in places such as Senegal, France, and Belgium. Although occurring at different times of the year, celebrations include fatty foods, masks, and costumes. Mardi Gras 2012 will always be united by what it represents to each of its participants.

Mardi Gras 2012 Party Favors

12 Apr

Mardi Gras 2012: Lots of People and Lots of Party Favors

According to television programming and residents of New Orleans, Mardi Gras 2012 is seen as a weeklong party leading up to Fat Tuesday. From toddlers to the elderly, everyone tries to get in on the festivities because they are out of school and off from work, at least for a few days. Men, women and families come from around the world to New Orleans in hopes of finding from a great vacation spot to celebrate carnival this year.
Too many men and women feel cramped up all winter long, so when the trumpets blowing, the king cakes are baking, and the second line is marching, its time to find a place to celebrate Mardi Gras 2012 and stay for a while. Yet, Africa, Europe, South America and the Caribbean also have their parties, parades and plenty of food where people fill the streets at these various celebrations.

Planning a trip, with or without travel agent assistance, begins with knowing what you are looking for in your Mardi Gras 2012 experience. If you want to stay in North America and drive or take a train to your destination, there are plenty of cities throughout the southern region to accommodate, or you can travel up to Canada in Quebec City. No matter where you choose to go, there are carnival celebrations in the streets this year in mid February and their will be reminders left on the streets in the wake of the music, dancing and all around good time.

However, environmentalist have been complaining for quite some time about the excessive amount of beads, cups, streamers, plastic toys and other debris that’€™s left in the wake of all of the celebration. It is important to protect the environment and preserve tradition at the same time. In New Orleans there are bead collecting and recycling each year, so no one has to stop yelling “throw me something mister!”