Mardi Gras Party Tip Sheet Special

February 7, 2001, 12:00 AM EST

Preparations for Mardi Gras 2001 in New Orleans are in their final stages (the celebrations have already started, and Mardi Gras is February 27). But there's still time to put together your own Mardi Gras-themed event--or put some New Orleans-style sparkle in an event any time of the year. To help you get everything you need, we've put together a list of great resources: everything from the newest kind of beads (they light up) to the original makers of the king cake, a special Mardi Gras treat.

The history of Mardi Gras is rife with different theories of when and where it actually started, but New Orleans is clearly the capital of the celebrations today. Mardi Gras is always on Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. But the festivities, with all of their traditions and props, start weeks before that--masked balls with elaborate costumes, and bawdy street festivals with revelers tossing beads and doubloons (aluminum coins).

For more information, you can read the histories of the holiday on and And to plan your own New Orleans-style bash, check out the resources below.

Mardi Gras Resources in this special tip sheet:

New Orleans-Style Entertainment

Props, Costumes & Masks

King Cakes and other New Orleans Sweets, Treats & Cuisine

Beads, Doubloons, Cups, Throws and Other Gifts

Posted 02.07.01

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