Holiday Time

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Log on to Cyber Monday Deals (December 2019)

Southern Hospitality Traveler's Favorite Things About October (October 2019)

Honor the Red, White and Blue in the South with Independence Day Celebrations (July 2019)

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler! Celebrating Mardi Gras 2019 (February 2019)

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Get Into the Holiday Spirit with the 29th Annual Smoky Mountain Winterfest (November 2018)

17 Celebrations Honoring the Red, White and Blue (June 2018)

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"Throw me Somethin' Mister!" Celebrating Mardi Gras 2018 (January 2018)

Beach Ball, Fleur-De-Lis, MoonPie: Unique New Year's Eve Drops in the South (December 2017)

25 Festive Events to Keep that Holiday Feeling Through the New Year (December 2017)

Awe-Inspiring Gingerbread Displays at Various Hotels and Resorts Around the South (December 2017)

Fun and Fireworks: 14 Events Celebrating Independence Day (June 2017)

Celebrate 2017 Mardi Gras in the South (February 2017)

Three Festive Ways to Avoid Going Stir Crazy Before the Holidays (December 2016)

30 Ways to Get Your "Jingle" On in the South (December 2016)

Five Ways to Experience the Holidays "Louisiana-Style" (December 2016)

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Red, White, Blue and You: Fourth of July Celebrations in the South (July 2016)

Drops, Celebrations and More: Memorable Ways to Welcome in 2016 (December 2015)

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Six Places to Celebrate the Holiday Season (December 2015)

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14 Dazzling Holiday Light Displays Throughout the South to Enjoy Now (November 2015)

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New Twist on an Old Favorite: Amping Up the Grilled Cheese (April 2015)

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Creating the Perfect Cheeseburger with Crawford Ker on National Cheeseburger Day (September 2014)

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2013 Holiday Gift Guide...Packages and Escapes (December 2013)

2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Books (December 2013)

2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Food and Beverage (December 2013)

2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Made in the South (December 2013)

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From Their Table to Yours: Holiday Recipes from The Carolina Inn (November 2013)

Firing Up the Grill: Tips and Recipes for a Successful and Tasty Grilling Season (May 2013)

Breakfast for Mom, Southern-Style (May 2013)

Mom-Worthy Hotels in the South (May 2013)

Talkin' Mardi Gras, Shreveport, La. Style (February 2013)

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Absolutely Southern Gift Guide: Secret is in the Sauce at Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley (December 2012)

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Absolutely Southern Gift Guide: Chef's Table at Emeril's Delmonico (December 2012)

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Seeing Various Shades of Green: St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in the South (March 2012)

It’s Mardi Gras Time in the South (February 2012)

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Celebrating Milestones in the South (August 2010)

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Celebrating Mardi Gras 2010 (February 2010)

Published: January 2018
"Throw me Somethin' Mister!" Celebrating Mardi Gras 2018  

From Soulard Mardi Gras in St. Louis, Missouri, to Mardi Gras RVA 2018 at Dogtown Dance Theatre in Richmond, Virginia, on Feb. 10; and all points in between, the South is preparing to celebrate Mardi Gras in grand style. Parades, activities and general revelry are scheduled through Feb. 13, this year's Fat Tuesday.

Each destination brings their style or flavor to the celebrations. What you might experience in one place will be entirely different from another. However, one thing they do have in common is a spirit of fun.

So get ready to don a mask (preferably in the Mardi Gras colors of gold, purple and green), yell "throw me somethin' mister!" for beads and trinkets, and laissez les bons temps rouler (let the good times roll)!



Home to the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States, the 107th Mardi Gras! Galveston (Texas) kicks off on Feb. 2. The nearly two-week party features over 30 concerts, 24 parades and more. Some of the highlights include a Food Truck Park, Fiesta Gras (Feb. 4), and Family Gras (Feb. 11).



While Galveston's celebration is by farthe largest in the state, other cities and towns are hosting events as well.


No one puts on a party like Louisiana. In fact, for many, the phrase "Mardi Gras" immediately conjures up thoughts of New Orleans. While there is plenty going on in the Big Easy during this time, don't overlook other destinations.


Parades are underway along Mississippi Gulf Coast. On Jan. 27, Pass Christian hosts the Krewe of Legacy, 1 p.m., and in Ocean Springs, there's the Krewe Unique, 2 p.m. February 3 is a day made for kids with Biloxi Children's Walking Parade, 10 a.m., Bay St. Louis Krewe of Kids, 11 a.m.,  and Krewe of Little Rascals, 1 p.m., in Pascagoula.

Other destinations are hosting festivities as well.


As the birthplace of America's original Mardi Gras, Mobile celebrates this time with plenty of parades, starting at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 26 with Conde Cavaliers and ending with Order of the Myths at 6 p.m., Feb. 13. Don't miss Joe Cain Day on Feb. 11, which includes a Joe Cain Procession at 2:30 p.m.

About 30 minutes from Mobile, both cities of Daphne and Fairhope hosts parades, as well as Orange Beach and Gulf Shores on Alabama's Gulf Coast.

Mardi Gras isn't limited to the southern part of the state, either.



The weekend of February 9 -11 is a spectacular time in Pensacola, as the city celebrates Mardi Gras.   The line-up includes the only nighttime illuminated parade, the Krewe of Lafitte Parade, 7:30 p.m on Feb. 9, and the Grand Mardi Gras Parade, 2 p.m., Feb. 10. There'll be plenty of opportunities to catch beads, Moon Pies and more.

Don't forget about the parades happening along Pensacola Beach, either.

Mardi Gras isn't limited to just one city in the Sunshine State. 

South Carolina

North Carolina



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Not quite during Mardi Gras season, but still fun:


photos: (top photo) Panama City Mardi Gras, personal collection; (top right) Galveston Mardi Gras, personal collection; (middle right) Mardi Gras tree at Under The Hill Saloon in Natchez, Mississippi, personal collection; (middle left) Mobile Mardi Gras, personal collection; (bottom right) Panama City Beach Mardi Gras, courtesy of Visit Panama City Beach