The Big Easy is gearing up for the 312th Mardi Gras! Fat Tuesday is right around the corner, so get your travel plans done now. More than 60 parades are scheduled to roll through the Greater New Orleans area in the coming month, many of which will run simultaneously. These range from French Quarter walking crews like Pete Fountain’s infamous Half-Fast Walking Club to “super krewes” like Orpheus, whose ornate floats cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and take months to build. The official site for Mardi Gras will give you all the info you need to get ready for Carnival season.”