Fat Tuesday is fast approaching – it’s next week! It’s the time of year where people flock to Mardi Gras mecca in New Orleans to celebrate, with the purple and gold color arrangements and multicolored beads flying in the air in every direction. Many people love to visit the French Quarter to participate in the partying and festivities, including the celebrities! This year is guaranteed to boast the likes of The Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus, Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder, Carrie Underwood, and Hugh Laurie. Celebs such as Will Smith, Patti LaBelle, Quentin Tarantino, and John Schneider will also make an appearance at Mardi Gras this year.
Here are even more celebrities who love to attend Mardi Gras:
– Whoopi Goldberg
The View host has participated in a Mardi Gras parade or two! She was caught wearing a big, white wig and a purple and white ruffly frock while on a float in 2001.
– Ashton Kutcher and Wilmer Valderrama
The two That 70s Show co-stars were spotted undoubtedly getting the party started in 2003.
– Paris Hilton
Not one to shy away from a good party, the socialite was caught throwing beads to a crowd in 2003.
– Channing Tatum and Ashley Greene
The Magic Mike star and the Twilight starlet hung out in NOLA, passing out beads during Super Bowl weekend last year.
– Angelina Jolie
Angie was spotted hanging out on the balcony of her New Orleans home with daughter Zahara in 2007.
– Will Ferrell
In 2012, the funny man donned a wardrobe fit for a king complete with a crown and was throwing gold beads to the people.
– Britney Spears
The pop princess grew up a little over an hour away from New Orleans and was spotted handing out beads in 2000.
– Harry Connick, Jr.
– The American Idol judge was seen flashing his megawatt smile while riding on a float last year.
– Cyndi Lauper
The songstress blended in well running around the streets of New Orleans with her usual eclectic garb in 2012.
– Josh Duhamel
Fergie’s hunky husband was seen showing off his beads to a lucky, lucky crowd in 2006.
– Kelly Clarkson
The American Idol alum was the grand marshall of last year’s parade and without a doubt saw her fair share of beads and more!
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