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On March 5, nearly 1.5 million people will travel from across the country to celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans. And, while the festivities have been revving up for weeks, the largest celebrations kick off today. This year, our experts at Caliber have decided to take the road less traveled and consider Mardi Gras destinations all around the country. So whether you’re traveling with your friends, family or furry loved ones, its time to get on the road and take off to one of these Fat Tuesday tourist destinations.

MOBILE, AL
Often described as the birthplace of America’s Mardi Gras, Mobile, Alabama has been celebrating the holiday since 1703. Each year, the city gears up for festivities with close to 50 different parades, starting in early February. And while there are plenty of sequined masks, colorful floats and flying moon pies, the city also celebrates its historical past. On the Sunday before Fat Tuesday, the city celebrates Joe Cain Day, honoring the local who kept the celebration alive in 1866.

GALVESTON, TX
This year, the island city off the gulf coast of Texas will celebrate its 108th Mardi Gras Celebration, the third largest in the country. Galveston boasts sandy shores and celebrates the season in style. With 5k races, golf cart parades, balcony parties and even umbrella decorating contests, you’ll never run low on things to do in “The Oleander City.” For a family-friendly celebration, visit Family Gras on March 3 in partnership with the Shriners Hospitals for Children-Galveston, Sunshine Kids and local first responders and firefighters.

ORLANDO, FL
Next on the map—Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. While the theme park and resort is an experience available all year round, the scene really fuels up during Mardi Gras season. Every night from February 9 through April 4, you can party New-Orleans-style with street performers, live music and authentic Cajun cuisine. See the Steve Miller Band on stage, dive into the Bayou Boil all-you-can-eat buffet, or blend into the nightly parades in a colorful costume of your own.

ST. LOUIS, MO
The Midwest may be the last place you’d expect to do a little Mardi Gras celebrating, but in the small neighborhood of Soulard, big things are happening. A unique, Missouri spin on traditional festivities means a winter carnival complete with snowball softball, a dachshund derby, local cuisine and more. Join a Krewe for the Bud Light Parade and experience a Midwestern Mardi Gras like no other.

Mardi Gras may be all about indulging and celebration, but our team here at Caliber Collision is here to remind you to stay safe both on and off road. Anything can happen in this season of festivities, and, if you find yourself in need of repairs, our team is always ready to celebrate our loyal customers by Restoring the Rhythm of Your Life.®