The Big Easy Goes Big For Mardi Gras
New Orleans is always a party,and none is bigger than Carnival and Mardi Gras.
In 2013, that’s Jan. 26-Feb. 12, with Fat Tuesday being on Feb. 12. For a complete New Orleans Mardi Gras Survival Guide and 2013 parade schedule, click here.
And new for 2013, the city and its tourism industry is partnering with the King of Carnival himself to promote the event.
When Carnival begins each year on “Twelfth Night,” the city will deliver a proclamation, created by the Rex organization’s School of Design, to people around the world inviting them to attend Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
“It is only fitting that the city of New Orleans join with Rex, King of Carnival to invite visitors to our city,” said Mark Romig, President and CEO of New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, NOTMC . “The Rex 2013 Royal Invitation renews a carnival tradition more than a century old.”
But hey, you don’t need such a formal invitation to go to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Just GO to New Orleans for Mardi Gras!
The Rex organization began creating its Royal Invitation in 1872 when a group of young New Orleans leaders decided to issue invitations and a proclamation, inviting all to come to the Crescent City to join in its unique Mardi Gras celebration.
“We are so pleased to be able to share this great tradition with our customers and friends all over the world,” said Stephen Perry, President and CEO of the NOCVB. “The early officials of Rex acted much in the spirit of the CVB in the late 1800s, inviting travelers to the city for the Carnival season. We continue in that tradition today, and to be able to hearken back to the Rex organization’s history and use modern technology to share their message is exciting. No other city can utilize such a document in this unique way.”