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10 Great Halloween Celebrations in the U.S.

Rather than fade into the history books, Halloween has only gained in popularity in the United States. Communities across the country mark the occasion with spirited parades, elaborate costumes, haunted tours, and other ghoulish rituals. From Hawaii to Delaware, these top celebrations will get the whole family into the spirit.

Venice Carnival With Kids

I wanted to introduce my two sons to the concept of Carnival. But was there a way to do it without subjecting them to the lewd drunkenness and nudity that often accompany such celebrations? And with so many world-class cities hosting bucket-list worthy festivities, where would we go? Venice.

I Heart My City: Caroline’s New Orleans

New Orleans native Caroline Gerdes may have recently moved to Washington, D.C., but she loves her hometown. So much so that she recently spent a year–with the help of a National Geographic grant–of her life working on an oral history project about the Ninth Ward, where her father grew up, to document the community’s rich history and culture–especially the edible aspects. Here are some of Caroline’s favorite things about the city she’s proud to call home.

Lundi Gras: Riding on a Super Krewe

For New Orleans natives, it’s a hard-won honor to ride in a Carnival parade. So when I was offered the chance to ride with the Krewe of Orpheus this year, it was kind of like a childhood dream coming true. Especially because Orpheus is a super krewe.

Six Things You Don’t Expect at Mardi Gras

When it comes to Mardis Gras, tourists are usually surprised to find that traditions dictate when to party, what to wear, and how to behave. From crowded parties to wild costumes, the revelry may appear chaotic, but locals know there’s a method to the madness.

Event-o-Rama: 12 Must-Dos in February

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in February.

Cajun or Creole?

A brief primer on the difference between the two terms from National Geographic Young Explorer Caroline Gerdes, a New Orleans native.

Photos: Where You Went

Laissez les bons temps rouler! Our readers are always up to something interesting, somewhere interesting. That’s why we ask you the same question on Facebook every Friday: Where are you traveling this weekend? See photos of where you — or readers like you — went, and get inspired to plan your next trip. Want to share your…

Parading Up to the Big Day

Associate Photo Editor Krista Rossow knows a thing or two about Mardi Gras. She sends us this colorful photo essay on the eve of the grand event. Tomorrow is not Tuesday in New Orleans. It’s Mardi Gras. Although Fat Tuesday may be the climax of Carnival season, that doesn’t mean the city has been idling…

Tangled Up in Blue…Arms

As Meg noted earlier, today marks the day when the Epiphany, or Twelfth Night, is celebrated around the world. And in New Orleans, it’s also the official kick-off to the Mardi Gras season. It was this time last year that I first went down to the Big Easy to begin reporting the Mardi Gras Moments…

Epiphany Around the Globe

Just when you thought the holiday season over and done with, Epiphany arrives today, January 6th. Celebrated since 361 A.D. and maybe even before as a pagan ritual, Epiphany means “manifestation” in Greek. To Western Christians, primarily Protestants and Roman Catholics, it marks the arrival of the Three Kings to the infant Jesus in Bethlehem.…

The Krewe of Boo

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Mardi Gras has been synonymous with New Orleans for over 150 years, but the man behind some of the most stalwart traditions of Fat Tuesday is trying to change his city from a one-holiday town. Blaine Kern, the owner of Kern Studios, which produces 80 percent of the floats that zigzag through the city throughout…