The most famous Mardi Gras celebration is held in the Big Easy but operators everywhere can partake in the festivities. Not to mention, it’s the perfect excuse to have a party mid-week!
Make it Festive
It’s called Fat Tuesday for a reason! New Orleans is known for some of the most delicious cuisine and it’s also a time of the year when customers tend to really indulge. Make sure your restaurant capitalizes on the festivities by offering food and drinks synonymous with Mardi Gras. Staple dishes of this celebration include king cakes, beignets and of course anything with Cajun spice! For bars and lounges, offer specialty cocktails like Hurricanes, the famous Ramos Gin Fizz and Rum Milk Punch.
Mardi Gras means “Fat Tuesday” in French and technically refers to the day before Ash Wednesday
Carnival is the time period between Epiphany and Fat Tuesday
The first recorded Mardi Gras street parade in New Orleans took place in 1837
In 2013 New Orleans hosted the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras, an overwhelming time in the City that some called “Super Gras”
The official colors of Mardi Gras are purple for justice, gold for power and green for faith.