People in the Big Easy know how to party during Carnival season. But Mardi Gras isn't exclusively celebrated in the city. Although it's such a big deal in New Orleans, every part of Louisiana lets the good times roll in their own unique way.
After a one-year hiatus, the City of Gretna will throw a Mardi Gras Kick-Off throughout February. This year's kick-off will take place at various locations along Huey P. Long Avenue, hence the theme #SeeYouOnTheHuey.
This year's kick-off will be jam-packed with events that's sure to knock your socks off. Starting on Wednesday, February 9, you'll get to enjoy a signature drink from participating restaurants and bars in your very own "Parade on the Huey" glass. You'll also get to have a picnic under a personal bubble tent, sample king cakes from participating bakeries at the Gretna Cultural Center for the Arts on February 10, visit the Gretna Farmers' Market from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on February 12 for its 8th Annual Soup Cook-Off, and listen to Glenn Boyd sing love ballads from Lionel Richie with your sweetheart on February 12. To wrap things up, Gretna will throw its Party on the Huey event on Lundi Gras (the night before Fat Tuesday) from 6 to 10 p.m., where you'll eat, sing, and dance all night long.
There'll also be parades and contests. The Krewe of House Floats theme this year is "Hansel & Gretna: A Grimm Fairytale." Gretna residents are encouraged to bathe their front yards in purple, green, and gold, as well as hand out beads to passing cars. The parade will start on Friday, February 11, at 6 p.m. Plus, there'll be a Krewe of Kuties parade circling Huey P. Long Avenue on Saturday, February 12, at 2 p.m., which will be exciting for the little ones.
If you're going to the kick-off, keep yourself updated as a list of participating peoples and businesses will be available in the coming weeks.
For more information about the Mardi Gras Kick-Off, visit gretnala.com/departments/tourism/mardi-gras-in-gretna.