The ancient festival of Carnival originated as the last big blowout before Lent, but nowadays its an annual no-holds-bar bash. Here in the US, there is no scene quite like the decadent Big Easy during Mardi Gras, when the French Quarter comes alive with the sound of brass bands, colorful parades and costumed party-goers. The biggest celebration of the year takes place on Fat Tuesday (February 24, 2009), so if youre thinking of heading to New Orleans, now is the time to book ahead for the best rates and availability. Luckily for you, Bookit.com is offering 30% off stays of four nights or longer at the Wyndham Riverfront New Orleans. This conveniently-situated hotel recently underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation and is in topnotch shape. A four-night stay starts at $464/person, with flight included. Or, try these other Carnival travel deals to experience the hottest parties in Trinidad, Rio de Janiero, and more.