We hope all of our readers had a happy and healthy holiday season! As we gear up for the New Year, we're already looking for the top things to do in New Orleans this January. We figured we share some exciting events to kick off the New Year. Our recommendations are suited to solo travelers who love to meet new people and be in the hustle and bustle of things. Check out the list:
Allstate Sugar Bowl
If you’re a sports fan, the Allstate Sugar Bowl is a great start your 2017. As the second oldest bowl game, the Sugar Bowl takes place each year in New Orleans. This year the Oklahoma Sooners will play the Auburn Tigers on January 2 in the Superdome, home to the New Orleans Saints. In addition to related events such as Fan Fest and Fan Jam, there is also a parade happening on New Year’s Eve that is sure to be a good time (and a great preview to Mardi Gras).
Believe it or not, Mardi Gras begins on January 6th and runs all the way through February 28th. Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday” is the culmination of Carnival Season, which is immediately followed by the first day of Lent. It’s a great time to visit New Orleans--or stick around if you’re a local--because there are endless celebrations and parades. A few of the parades to be sure not to miss include Bacchus, Endymion, Muses, Rex, and Zulu.
King Cake Festival
The 4th annual King Cake Festival will take place on January 29th Champions Square, an event that is free and open the public. The festival is host to live music, lots of beverages, and even more king cakes to choose from. King Cake season is traditionally celebrated from the 12th night after Christmas on, which is January 6th. It’s also the start of Mardi Gras season and a time to stuff yourself with king cake morning, noon and night. Hundreds of thousands of king cakes are eaten each season in New Orleans alone, although they are eaten in places such as Portugal and France as well.
Do you have anything else planned? We'd love to know what our readers are up to this January!