The Big Easy Goes Big With New Year’s Eve, the Sugar Bowl, the Alabama-LSU BCS National Championship Game and Pardi Gras
If you want to start out the New Year of 2012 partying, then there’s no place better in the world to do it than New Orleans.
You had just better be prepared to keep partying!
That’s because New Orleans – and not New York or any other place on the planet – is the City That Never Sleeps in January. It can’t – there’s too much going on the month to even think about sleep!
New Orleans has a lineup of party events that’s as impressive as anything Alabama or LSU will put on the field for the BCS National Championship game. It’s month-long blur of Hurricanes, Hand Gernades and 3-for-1 daily Happy Hours on Bourbon Street.
And Mardi Gras doesn’t even start until February!
Here’s a look at the events:
• New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31). New Orleans is PubClub.com’s #1 Party Place to Spend New Year’s Eve. The reason is simple: You don’t need to make reservations go anywhere, you don’t have to pay $100 (or more) to get into a bar you normally walk into for free and you don’t even have to go into a bar to party with tens of thousands of people. Quite simply, New Orleans is THE #1 place to be for New Year’s Eve.
• Sugar Bowl (Jan. 3). It’s Michigan (sorry guys, it’s a big engineering school and not a lot of beautiful girls) against Virginia Tech. There will be fans from both schools roaming the Quarter and Bourbon Street from before New Year’s through the game. Kickoff is 7:45, and there’s a Fan Fest the 1st and 2nd at Jax Brewery. Each team has a pep rally and that’s pretty cool to see, even if you have no ties to either school. Sugar Bowl Fans’ Party Guide.
• BCS National Championship Game (Jan. 9). This may be bigger than Mardi Gras. Seriously. It’s college football and it involves LSU and Alabama. Either one of those schools would create a party here but both of them means a wide-open, all-out social blitz. There’s sure to be a lot more scoring taking place on Bourbon Street than in the Superdome. If you can be in New Orleans for this event than do it; you’ll never forget the experience. Like the Sugar Bowl, there is a FanFest (7th and 8th) and kickoff is at 7 p.m. BCS National Championship Party Guide.
• Pardi Gras (Jan. 12-15). A mini-Mardi Gras for Jimmy Buffett fans, Pardi Gras consists of tropical Buffett-style bands playing at New Orleans bars, a block party on Bourbon Street and even a Mardi Gras festive parade. Oh, yeah, it’s fun! Pardi Gras Party Guide.
Mardi Gras, in case you are wondering, in February with Fat Tuesday being Feb. 21. The kickoff Krewe du Vieux parade is in in the French Quarter on Saturday, Feb. 4 (6:30 p.m.) followed by the Krewe Delusion at 7:15.
Might as well rent an apartment.
Laissez les bons temps rouler!
LINK: Bourbon Street Bars