Lafayette Economy Sees Boost With Mardi Gras Tourism
FEBRUARY 18, 2015 - Mardi Gras is a tradition for all of those in Acadiana and South Louisiana but its also a tradition for tourist to make their way to all parts of Louisiana to join the celebration.
Lafayette is no stranger to tourism and Mardi Gras is one of the biggest draws for people not only out of state but also out of country, and CEO of Lafayette Tourism Ben Berthelot says putting the city on display is big for Lafayette's economy.
"It’s a tremendous economic impact. In 2010 the University of Louisiana dod an economic impact study saying that over 275,00 people attended our parades in Lafayette parish spending over $110 million in the community." said Ben Berthelot.
"So obviously its a tremendous economic impact. Most of the country yesterday was going about their business just like any other day, so for us to have Mardi Gras in our area is a great thing obviously."
With warmer weather than last years freezing temperatures, the 2015 Mardi Gras festivities over the last 3 weeks are believed to be one of the most attended Mardi Gras celebrations in the city’s history.
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