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Complimentary Customer Appreciation Dinner - Sponsored By IBM

Thursday 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Join in the excitement of VAI’s very own Mardi Gras Parade. Feel the thrill as you parade down Canal Street to the sounds of a jazz band, beads in one hand, waving to the passerby’s as you head to the Paddle Wheeler Creole Queen for a night of music and fun. Once aboard you’ll step back into the glamour and romance of the riverboat era. Cruise with us into the night, enjoying a lavish dinner, jazz music, raffles, and more. Indulge in a classic New Orleans cocktail and take in the sweet Mississippi River breezes on the promenade deck as the city skyline slips by under a canopy of stars.

Complimentary Mardi Gras Celebration

Friday 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Come and enjoy this one of a kind true New Orleans experience. Mardi Gras World is where Mardi Gras is made! Wander through the magical float den viewing spectacular floats and the space where the artisans create them. Immediately following the tour you will be transported to Mardi Gras World’s crown jewel, the Grand Oaks Mansion. The Grand Oaks Mansion is an indoor recreation of a Southern Plantation. Enjoy a vintage Louisiana experience as you stand on the footbridge over a gorgeous stream, and listen to a jazz trio as you meander around the extravagant gardens and pathways. Have food and drinks under magnificent towering oak trees and a starlit sky. The possibilities are endless. You won’t believe your eyes, the awe-inspiring, indoor replica of an antebellum mansion will make you believe you’ve stepped back in time. Let yourself get swept away to a hot Southern night.

About New Orleans

Music and Dining

Whatever your passion, there is so much to discover in New Orleans. Get inspired by the possibilities, then create your own journey through the city. New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz and a mecca for gospel, R&B and ultimately, the rock and pop we love today. Experience unbelievable live musical performances in venues from swank lounges, to tiny honky tonks, to mega concerts. It's an indisputable fact that no place loves its food quite as sincerely - or as indulgently - as New Orleans. Some people eat to live, but New Orleanians live to eat. As a result, the city offers one of the most incredible - and incredibly diverse - concentrations of exceptional dining and unforgettable cuisine in the world.


The night never has to end in New Orleans since bars and clubs are not required to close. In fact, many say the city is at its best under the glow of a French Quarter street lamp. But to suggest the party starts and ends on Bourbon Street sells the rest of the city short. New Orleans has many distinct neighborhoods that offer nightlife options, from incredible live music, to intimate cocktails. Harrah's Casino caters to the high rollers at heart and the city is home to slick nightclubs where you can dance the night away. So come, leave the stress of your everyday life behind, put on your dancing shoes and get ready to have the time of your life!