January 6 is the official end of the Christmas Season and the beginning of Carnival season in New Orleans. It is also the day each year that we hang our Mardi Gras wreath on our front door. Although Mardi Gras technically refers to Fat Tuesday, the Mardi Gras season begins on The Epiphany or the Twelfth Day of Christmas.
One of the benefits of living on the Gulf Coast for three years was not only exploring New Orleans but taking visiting friends and family to see some of the places we enjoyed most in the city. One of our favorites and a definite must-see when visiting the Big Easy is Mardi Gras World.
When you take the behind-the-scenes tour of the Mardi Gras World warehouse and workshop, you get the unique opportunity to learn the history of Mardi Gras and to see the entire process of how the famous floats and props are made. It was fascinating to see the craftspeople at work sculpting the Styrofoam, doing the paper mâché, painting, etc., as well as see finished floats from previous parades.