Happy Mardi Gras!
Today is the biggest Part in Louisiana-But did you know ?
In Louisiana it’s a State Holiday & School is closed .
A new study on the economic value of the 2014 Mardi Gras season showed a total contribution to the New Orleans economy of $465 million, with a total of $17.5 million in tax revenues going to local government entities.
The study, conducted by Tulane economics professor Toni Weiss with help from the Freeman Consulting Group, determined that the direct expenditures during the 2014 Mardi Gras season — accounting for things like hotels, food and alcohol, and krewe memberships — came to $164 million.
Environmental Impact of Mardi Gras
When the parade season ended in 2014, the New Orleans city government spent $1.5 million to pick up about 1,500 tons of Mardi Gras -induced waste, consisting mostly of beads.This is a recurring problem every year for the city. In addition, the city must also deal with the environmental repercussions endured after Mardi Gras. Because they are not biodegradable and contain high amounts of heavy metals.Mardi Gras beads put the local environment and health of southern Louisianians at risk.
Lafayette : An impact study says that krewes spent about three million dollars in 2010 and that their members spent about 6.8 million dollars, so given the state of our economy that number may go down a little bit but I think at the end of the day it’s still such a great thing for our community
* This year there is a petition to do away with Beads in NO petition info
Lafayette Parade Kr ewes & fans can recycle with Goodwill at beads n more
King Gabriel’s Parade, Lafayette, 10:00am
Grand Marais Mardi Gras Parade, Jeanerette, 11:00am
Franklin Mardi Gras Parade, Franklin, 1:00pm
Krewe of Coteau Parade, Coteau, 1:00pm
Lafayette Mardi Gras Festival Parade, Lafayette, 1:00pm
Townsquare Media Independent Parade, Lafayette, 2:00pm
Krewe Chic-a-la-Pie Parade, Kaplan, 2:00pm
Krewe of Hephaestus Parade, Morgan City, 2:00pm
Family Affair Mardi Gras Parade, Loreauville, 2:00pm
Sunset Mardi Gras Parade, Sunset, 2:00pm
Carnival d’Acadie Parade, Crowley, 3:00pm
Eunice Courir de Mardi Gras Parade, Eunice, 3:00pm