PHOTOS: Mardi Gras finds its way to Breckenridge for annual celebration

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. - New Orleans may come to mind when you think of Mardi Gras, but who says you can't have your own party in the mountains?

On Tuesday, Feb. 13, guests gathered along the historic parade route on Main Street to see floats and colorful characters handing out trinkets in celebration of Fat Tuesday.

How exactly did Mardi Gras find its way to Colorado? Breckenridge Tourism officials say around 20 years ago, a tight-knit group of New Orleanians decided to trade Mardi Gras crowds for skiing and sunshine in Breckenridge. It wasn't long before they realized they couldn't go long without their hometown traditions, so they brought a little bit of NOLA to 9,600 feet.

Breckenridge has since expanded upon the revelry to include live music and a parade.


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