Fat Tuesday 2011: Mardi Gras By The Numbers

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Fat Tuesday 2011

In celebration of Fat Tuesday 2011 and the end of Mardi Gras (Mardi Gras is the last Tuesday before the beginning of the Lent season that kicks off with tomorrow’s Ash Wednesday), I though we’d take a look at Mardi Gras by the numbers as it effects New Orleans.

According to this infographic by Fast Company, Mardi Gras in New Orleans is back with a vengeance. Last year, 1.2 million people attended Mardi Gras — 3.5 times the population of the city and up about a 1/3 from the year before, the city spends $3.33 million to celebrate (of which they gain a return of $4.48 on every dollar spent), and the average hotel-goer can expect Bourbon Street prices to increase 151% from their normal prices during the 12 days leading up to Fat Tuesday. And for those of you playing at home, check out these Hurricane recipes for your own taste of the Big Easy in your living room tonight.


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