MintLife created an infographic showing just how much fat the historic Mardi Gras bonanza brings to the Big Easy.
Apparently, it’s a lot: In 2011, New Orleans spent about $1.8 million preparing for Mardi Gras, netting a cool $13,108,538. The majority of it came from tourists who splurged on food and liquor ($5.9 million), lodging ($106 million) and a lot of beads ($1.2 million).
The festivities are so integral to the city’s economy in fact, that the only time they’ve ever been cancelled was due to war—not even a hurricane was a match for this party.
Check out more of the fun facts below:
Photo: MintLife blog