Local Series: Viva Phoenix 2017

Hi everyone! It’s been a little quiet on the blogging front here since we don’t have any trips planned this month. However, we have been doing some cool things around town here in Phoenix, so I thought it would be fun to start a “local series” highlighting activities and events that might be of interest to locals or tourists visiting Arizona.

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The most recent noteworthy event we attended was Viva Phoenix, a one-night music festival that takes place in various venues downtown. This isn’t a new event, but for some reason it’s the first time I’ve gone. Over the last couple of years, the downtown Phoenix scene – and the music scene in particular – has been picking up, and this festival was no exception.

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5 Essential Mardi Gras Packing Tips

Normally I hate packing, but packing for Mardi Gras can actually be fun, because you’re basically just preparing to party for several days in a row!

As I’m getting ready for my fourth trip to New Orleans during Mardi Gras, I thought I’d share some packing tips that might come in handy for the Carnival newbie:

Wear Mardi Gras Colors

Mardi Gras costumesYou may have noticed that Mardi Gras celebrations are traditionally defined by three different colors – gold, green, and purple. But did you know that each color has meaning? Gold stands for power, green represents faith, and purple means justice.

I usually like to coordinate at least some of my wardrobe to incorporate these colors. It’s definitely not a necessity – you’ll see people from all walks of life wearing all different types of clothing (we’ll get into costumes later) and sometimes no clothing at all – but if you have some clothes that match these colors, it’s a fun way to accessorize and fit right in with the Mardi Gras theme.

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