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Mardi Gras! or is it Fat Tuesday?!

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Music, parades, costumes, beads and tons of fun of course! All of these things mixed together are what make Mardi Gras so exciting! There are plenty of ways to go about celebrating Mardi Gras, whether you are in New Orleans or just hanging out in your dorm room. Make the most of it!

If you plan on traveling to New Orleans, there are many ways to get yourself into some trouble (good trouble that is). But before I share the secrets of having fun at Mardi Gras, here are a few helpful tips that you should really consider!

  1. Make your hotel reservation early! (Hopefully this one is already taken care of…)
  2. All the streets close down for Mardi Gras, so make sure you figure out how you are going to get around once you are down there. If you are staying in an urban hotel, taxicabs are hard to come by and public transportation is very rarely in use during Mardi Gras, I suggest getting a map (so you don’t get lost) and walking! If you are coming from a suburban hotel, leave early, there are off-site commercial parking lots but they fill up fast!
  3. If you plan on watching the parades, (which I highly suggest) GET THERE EARLY! The streets fill up quickly and you are going to want to be able to see the floats!
  4. I know you are there to have fun and get crazy. But respect the police, because they WILL arrest you.
  5. Hide your valuables or just don’t take them! Things get stolen very easily in big crowds, and especially if you are going to be having a good time.
  6. If you want to go out to dinner, I’d make a reservation now. Otherwise, you will have to deal with the street vendor food (which can be good too!)
  7. The most important one of all, no glass containers! Make sure and have cans or plastic cups!

Now for the fun stuff! If you plan on having the best time of your life in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, here are a few suggestions:

  1. Hit up the French Quarter, families have been warned not take their kids there, which means it’s going to be crazy!! This is where all of the risqué behavior is allowed, and I know that’s where you’re going to want to be! But do not take this behavior into the family areas, because like I said, the police will arrest you.
  2. Dress up! Wear a mask, or beads, or paint your face! That’s the best part of Mardi Gras. (not to mention getting to look at everyone else’s costumes)
  3. Last but not least, GET WILD! That’s what Mardi Gras is all about!

If you aren’t going to New Orleans this year for Mardi Gras, don’t worry! You can still get beads, have fun, and make it a good time. So get together with your friends, get a costume, and get crazy! Make this a Mardi Gras to remember (or not)!

-Lovejoy

I’m reading Introductory Chemistry: A Foundation

Best Places to Celebrate New Years Eve

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New Years Eve- the time when people party so hard, they wake up the next day and make drastic changes to their life to make up for the debauchery that occurred the night before. New Years Eve is the best time of the year to party, have fun, and celebrate the past years triumphs. People all over the world party hard on New Years Eve. From India to Brazil to Japan to Iceland, New Years parties will be in full swing, with cultural traditions being the only difference in the celebrations. For the first time in a few years, I have no New Years plans (I should really start using Facebook). I decided to research some fun things to do across the U.S. in search of plans for the ultimate New Years Eve. I’ve compiled a list containing concerts, parties and events. Check it out:

Concerts

1. Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest. This is based in New York City, but there is also an L.A.event under the same name with different performers. This concert began in 1972, and it’s been a huge event every year since. If you like pop music, this concert is where you want to be. It’s in New York during the biggest party of the year. Performers include Lady GaGa, Justin Bieber, Pitbull and Hot Chella Rae. The hosts for this event are Jenny McCarthy and Fergie. This will more than likely be the biggest event of New Years, based on the amount of people who travel to NYC every year.

2. Together As One, Orange County,CA. This is like the ultimate rave, including performers Duck Sauce, Diplo, Bloody Beetroots, Chromeo, and Felix the Housecat, among others. This event is sure to be packed with partiers who will be ready to bring in the New Year with a bang.

3. PHISH at  Madison Square Garden, NYC, NY. Attention all hippies: find your way to New York for this four-day PHISH concert, which will rock from December 28th through New Years Eve. It’s been sold out since shortly after tickets went on sale, so this is sure to be a BIG concert.

4. BASSNECTAR Nashville, TN. This show is set to be HUGE. If you like dubstep music, then this is the show for you. Be ready to make your ears bleed.

Parties

1. New York City– The dropping of the crystal ball in Old Times Square is a gigantic event every year. People from all over the East coast and beyond gather in New York City for this event, making it among the most popular New Years destinations. It’s a tradition that has been going strong since 1907. I can’t imagine what New Years Eve would’ve been like during prohibition. You can buy your all-access party passes here.

2. New Orleans– Bourbon Street is the place to be year-round, so you can imagine what it’s like during New Years Eve. INSANITY. Most people realistically just can’t handle Bourbon Street, let alone during the craziest time of the year. Watch the ball drop at Jackson Square, and partake in adult beverages in any of the twelve million bars along Bourbon Street. Check out what’s going on in New Orleans on NYE here.

3. Seattle– I’ve heard from many people that Seattle turns into a city-wide party on New Years Eve. The Space Needle is turned into one big fireworks show, and besides that, there are many, many things to do in Seattle during New Years Eve. Check out the 35+ bars around city centre if you get thirsty. This isn’t quite like the other places on the list, so I understand if you are skeptical about this one, but you have to trust me. Seattle ROCKS on New Years Eve.

4. Las Vegas– Vegas and New Years Eve go together like chicken and waffles. Imagine a place where the party never stops. Literally it never stops, as there are no “last calls” in Vegas. Most cities force bars to close anytime between 2 and 6am, but not in the city that never sleeps. Check out the strip during New Years Eve, and you may begin to understand why it’s called “sin city.” One extra bonus about Vegas around New Years time is that you can bet on any of your favorite football (BCS) bowl games. Check out other NYE Vegas events here.

 

Alabaster

I’m reading Managerial Accounting

 

Sources:

http://www.globalgrasshopper.com/travel/travel-ideas/top-10-places-to-party-on-new-years-eve/

http://twincities.metromix.com/music/standard_photo_gallery/americas-coolest-new-years/2944607/photo/2944613

http://newyearsevecentral.com/