Mardi Gras and Tourism

Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 11:01am

Mardi Gras isn’t just a time for parades and beads.....

It’s also a great boost to tourism and the local economy.

Officials with the Lafayette Vistor's Center say, while hotels won't see a huge impact....restaurants and retail stores will.

Director of Lafayette Convention and Vistors Center says, “All the dollars that are spent in the community usually stay in the community. The dollars turn over four and five time here in Lafayette during Mardi Gras. Its just a great boost to what we already have going on here."

Breaux says because Mardi Gras fell so late this year, they're expecting to draw in a large crowd.