Mardi Gras, a tradition celebrated by millions of Americans each year, is something of a spectacle to behold.
Merrymakers enjoy this holiday, also known as “Fat Tuesday”, just one day before Ash Wednesday, drinking copious amounts of booze, throwing colorful beads and having a great time. With all the fun to be had, you might wonder why this holiday ever began.
Most holidays have a special history behind them, and Mardi Gras is no exception.
Historians agree that American settlers celebrated their first Mardi Gras on March 3, 1699. On this historical day, French explorers Iberville and Bienville landed on the shores of what would become Louisiana, just south of the holiday’s eventual epicenter: New Orleans. To celebrate the successful landing, the explorers threw a small party with their crew and passengers, dubbing the spot “Point du Mardi Gras.” From there, the annual celebration slowly grew into something larger and more colorful.
Celebrating in the Face of Hardship
Mardi Gras is far more than a celebration held each year, but a beacon of hope for those affected by natural disasters in the south. Hurricanes, rough waters, fishing difficulties and more can put an economic and emotional strain on the people living in this corner of the world.
By buying drinks, beads, costumes and food during your stay, you put good money into the local economy, boosting its ability to support a state getting back on its feet.
Get There in Style
Party buses and vans are the best form of transportation for this type of celebration. After all, Mardi Gras is that time of the year in which you are encouraged to have as much wild fun as possible, often for far longer than the actual day of celebration. For this reason, you stand to have the best time of your life if you bring friends along for the excitement. In fact, this is a great time of the year to schedule a road trip, bachelorette or bachelor’s party, or just to get out of the house and spend some time on the wild side of fun. Whatever you do, a party bus or van can get the adventure started early.
Whenever you need to go somewhere new and drinks are involved, you cannot fail to be responsible. By hiring a driver to drop you off and pick you up, you allow everyone in your party to have as much fun as they can afford, without a single person forced to sit out. In addition, party buses and vans are perfectly safe and legal to drink inside, allowing you to get the party started before you arrive and continue it after leaving. The professional drivers trained to take you where you need to go provide excellent customer service and know how to make your time out all the more enjoyable.
Become a Part of History
Once you arrive in style and step off your party bus, you have an entire night of adventure ahead of you. Mardi Gras is famously celebrated in Venice, Italy and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with celebrations going back centuries. When you take part in the festivities and gorge yourself on fatty foods, you also take part in a time-honored tradition celebrated across the Western world.
After all is said and done, you and your friends will have memories to keep for a lifetime and ample reason to rent another party bus for next year.