The Es­sen­tial New Or­leans

Where New Orleans - - EDITOR'S ITINERARY - DOUG BRANTLEY

It may seem as though Mardi Gras is all about beads and booze, but like many lo­cal tra­di­tions it’s rooted in his­tory. Dat­ing to the Mid­dle Ages, Fat Tues­day was first cel­e­brated state­side in 1699 by French ex­plor­ers en route to Louisiana. Catch a krewe cup along the pa­rade route… and raise a toast to his­tory.

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