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New Orleans is a year round Mardi Gras

Rising from the waters, New Orleans, Louisiana has reopened of its businesses in the French Quarter with hopes to have partying back by Mardi Gras. Enjoy the 2011 Mardi Gras entertainment.

Mardi Gras Masquerade Party

Planning a Mardi Gras party?

Outside of beads and a parade, you will likely associate Mardi Gras (also known as Fat Tuesday) with elaborate masquerade balls

Mardi Gras's roots are actually more deeply seeded in masquerade, and the lavish parade in New Orleans only began in the mid-19th century.

Mardi Gras originated as a reaction to Lent, which sees its observers often fasting from sun up to sun down or giving up something equally important to them for a period between Ash Wednesday until Easter Sunday. Continue reading about planning a Mardi Gras party.

Planning a children's Mardi Gras Party? Here's some ideas and tips for a great kid's Mardi Gras party.

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Nickelodeon and Southern Star Amusement Sign Licensing Deal for First Outdoor Stand-Alone Nickelodeon Theme Park - Nickelodeon Universe New Orleans

Nickelodeon, the City of New Orleans and Southern Star Amusement, Inc. (SSA) plan to create a new Nickelodeon water and theme park in New Orleans, LA -- Nickelodeon Universe New Orleans. Nickelodeon -- the number-one kids' entertainment brand -- and Southern Star have entered into a licensing arrangement in which Southern Star will construct the new park themed with the Nickelodeon brand and its characters. The Nickelodeon/SSA agreement is part of the City of New Orleans' and SSA's redevelopment plans for the existing 65-acre theme park space (formerly Jazzland/Six Flags) in Eastern New Orleans, and will represent Nickelodeon's first-ever outdoor theme park. Continue reading about Nickelodeon Universe New Orleans.

Mardi Gras Entertainment Schedule

Mardi Gras Parade for 2011 will be famous for extravagant floats and outrageously costumed characters tossing the popular green, purple and gold beads. Most visitors will start arriving with hotels helping the party spirit by offering special Mardi Gras packages. The super parades of Endymion and Bacchus, scheduled for the Saturday and Sunday before Fat Tuesday, feature a combined total of 75 floats, 60 marching bands and over 250 units. Their 2,300 members toss more than 1.5 million cups, 2.5 million doubloons and 200,000 gross of the famous beads.

Historically big on hospitality, the Big Easy has an abundance of events, activities and attractions to keep visitors busy during their stay in the city. The epicenter of activity will be the world-famous French Quarter with Cajun eateries, period architecture, museums and boutiques. Special events include the Big Easy Blues Festival on February 14 at the New Orleans Arena. A full calendar of events throughout the area, along with information about hotels, restaurants, attractions and all-things-Mardi-Gras, is available at the website: http://www.mardigrasday.com/

America's Favorite City New Orleans Number One in Nine Categories

Nearly 60,000 responses from travelers in America have determined that New Orleans is a top American city to visit. New Orleans, New York, Portland, and Charleston received top billing, showing they are respondents' favorite destinations nationwide.

New Orleans was ranked number one in: Nightlife -- After Dark, Cocktail Hour, and Live Music; Food/Dining -- Cheap Eats; People -- Fun; Shopping -- Antiques, Flea Markets; and Type of Trip -- Girlfriend Getaway, Wild Weekend. Only New York received more #1 rankings, coming in at fifteen. Complete results can be seen at travelandleisure.com under America's Favorite Cities.

"This is great news for New Orleans," said Sandra Shilstone, President & CEO of New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. "Two reputable organizations and 60,000 travelers have reinforced what we always knew ... that New Orleans is a great place to visit."

Travel + Leisure Magazine and CNN Headline News polled travelers across the country on what they like and dislike about the top 25 urban destinations in nearly sixty different categories.

They voted on everything from friendly and attractive residents to best restaurants, museums, historic sites, shops, and more. Cities included Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Charleston, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix/Scottsdale, Portland, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Seattle, and Washington DC.

Methodology: An online survey appeared on travelandleisure.com and cnn.com from April 30, 2007 to July 15, 2007. Respondents were asked to rate their choice of one or more cities (among 25 previously selected cities) in 55 different categories. Respondents were asked to identify whether or not they were residents of each city they rated. Responses were collected and tabulated by travelandleisure.com.

Travel + Leisure, published monthly by American Express Publishing Corporation, is the world's leading travel lifestyle magazine with a circulation of almost one million. Travel + Leisure is a global brand.

The Robin & Company morning show on CNN Headline News appears weekday mornings from 6 - 10am ET. The New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation promotes the city as a leisure tourism destination throughout the year. Annually, NOTMC's marketing campaigns include strategic print, broadcast, and Internet advertising and public relations. For more information about New Orleans, visit http://www.neworleansonline.com/.

Source: New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation
NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 12, 2007 /PRNewswire/ --

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