Mardi Gras is a big event in the city of New Orleans, in the southern state of Louisiana. Our exchange visitors from Latin America will recognize many of the traditions. Elaborate floats, colorful costumes, and shiny beads are what most Americans associate with the day. The traditions go much deeper than that though; learn about Mardi Gras traditions, including food, parades, and celebrations that take place around the world and in New Orleans with CNN travel.
(CNN) — Break out your beads and get in your last bites of king cake — Mardi Gras is nigh.
Tune into radio station WWOZ today for Mardi Gras and New Orleans-inspired music throughout the day.
New Orleans is a city rich in culture and history year-round and a worthwhile stop for any exchange visitor. Download the free tourist guidebook here.