2014 RT Convention Preview: Mardi Gras World Carnivále!

Besides the fantastic food and rich history, New Orleans is most famous for Mardi Gras. And although this year’s festivities are now sadly over, RT Convention attendees can still experience the celebrations by joining us on Wednesday, May 14 at 7:15pm** for Mardi Gras World Carnivále! This all-night extravaganza is co-sponsored by a host of today’s leading publishers, and you will not want to miss it. Trust us.

Attendees will get an intimate look at the floats used in the Mardi Gras parade.

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What exactly is Mardi Gras World, you ask? Well, this unique experience gives curious minds an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at where the colorful floats used in the celebrations are stored and worked on throughout the year. And because we're special, a second-line band will lead us through the float den! Attendees will also be treated to ten signature NOLA dishes prepared by Patton’s, a family-owned business and NOLA staple since 1954. Each dish has been selected by our co-sponsors and there’s a little something for everyone. Want to take a closer look at these mouth-watering treats — because we sure do!

After the tour, we'll enjoy a New Orleans spread in this Mardi Gras World event space overlooking the Mississippi river.

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RT Book Reviews: Red Beans & Rice (That's us!)

Ellora’s Cave: Crawfish Etouffee

Gallery Books: Sausage Jumbalaya

Forever: Bread Pudding

Kensington: Bananas Foster

Random House: Pecan Pralines

Samhain Publishing: Beignets

Sourcebooks Casablanca: Alligator Fritters

Tor, Forge & Tor Teen: Shrimp & Grits

Totally Bound: Chicken & Andouille Gumbo

Um, is anyone else hungry now?

Additionally, while you visit each publisher and fill your stomach to your heart’s content, you’ll also be able to chat up some of your favorite authors, including Lauren Dane, Kresely Cole, Kristen Ashley and Lee Child! Could this get any better? As if we weren't counting the days already. 

**Shuttles will be available at the hotel prior to the event to transport convention attendees between the hotel and Mardi Gras World.

Be sure to add Mardi Gras World Carnivále to your convention agenda and for more information, visit the official website here. See you soon!