- — For many Americans, Mardi Gras is just another Tuesday but in Louisiana, Fat Tuesday is a state holiday and one of the biggest events of the year.
The first recorded celebration of Mardi Gras on Louisiana soil was in 1699 by French explorers. Some 300 years later, the holiday is a state symbol as much as the fleur de lis.
In honor of New Orleans' iconic holiday, we're showcasing a few homes for sale within walking distance of the biggest parade routes and party spots — feathers and beads not included.
518 Conti St, New Orleans LA (below)
For sale: $725,000
This four-story townhouse may be a short distance to major New Orleans hot spots like the House of Blues, but it's not short on style. High ceilings with multiple windows set in brick walls create a loft-like space filled with light. Designed in 1835, the French Quarter townhouse for sale has 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and over 3,500 square feet of living space.
For sale: $750,000
Watch the Mardi Gras revelers in luxury from a private terrace of this Tremé Lafitte penthouse for sale. The 2-bed, 2-bath home has marble and pine floors as well as custom mill work and molding that continue throughout the rooms. An enormous soaking tub and shower up the ante in the master suite.
For sale: $1,220,000
This home is nearly as colorful as Louisiana's Krewe parades with zebra-striped rugs, glittering chandeliers and a bright red kitchen. French doors lead from the spacious apartment to two second-floor terraces with views of the French Quarter. Venetian plaster walls, two gas fireplaces and marble bathroom round out the rest of the 3-bed, 3-bath property.
1137 Dauphine St, New Orleans LA (below)
For sale: $750,000
This New Orleans home for sale embraces its French roots, with chic upholstered furniture, painted mural walls and other French-inspired decor. The 2-bed, 2-bath home also features a charming courtyard with a fountain and plenty of greenery.
1124 Burgundy St, New Orleans LA (below)
For sale: $2,800,000
Embrace the history of New Orleans with a classic town home built in the early 1800s. Details of the period are still intact in the updated home, including exposed ceiling beams and several brick fireplaces. The 3-bed, 6.5-bath home has nearly 6,000 square feet of living space as well as outdoor brick and stone patios.
For sale: $890,000
This jeweled cottage is filled with New Orleans-worthy details. Curlicued lattice work frames a balcony looking out over the neighborhood while inside features include marble fireplaces, bright wallpaper and a leopard-printed staircase. The home also features a rear courtyard and two-story guesthouse with kitchen.