February 15-17 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Theme of the CCT, 14th Annual Mardi Gras Conference

Conference Dates

The conference will run from ~9:00AM on Thursday, February 15, until noon on Saturday, February 17. The conference will be followed by an optional Saturday half-day trip to the Mardi Gras Endymion parade in New Orleans.

We anticipate that most attendees will wish to fly to the BTR (Baton Rouge) airport, arriving February 14, departing February 18. Visitors with exhibits may wish to arrive early in the day to have time to set up and debug.

Conference Venue

The conference will be held at the Sheraton Convention Center Hotel in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

This wonderful location with a view over the Mississippi River is at the south end of the downtown area, which has been enjoying a renaissance in recent years. There are many restaurants, museums, a riverboat casino, a planetarium, and other attractions within easy walking distance of the hotel.

Baton Rouge is the Capital of Louisiana, with a metropolitan area population of more than 600,000. It is the home of Louisiana State University (LSU) and located on the Mississippi River, a little more than one-hours drive northwest of New Orleans. The region is famous for its blues and jazz music scenes, its culinary delights, nightlife and Southern and Cajun heritage.

Conference Hotels

Sheraton Baton Rouge Convention Center Hotel
(Conference Venue)
102 France Street
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802
Rate: $122/night

The hotel includes a complementary shuttle from the airport.

New Orleans Mardi Gras Bus Trip

Saturday, February 17, 2007 ($50 additional charge)

Buses will leave the Sheraton Baton Rouge Convention Center and Hotel at 12:30 p.m. to attend the largest and most successful parade in New Orleans -- the Endymion Parade. Return is scheduled for 8:30 p. m. for the early birds and midnight for the party krewe. Mardi Gras reflects New Orleanians' rich heritage, unleashes the joyous soul of the city and invites everyone to join in the fun. Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez! In New Orleans that means - Let the Good Times Roll!

Conference Ground Transportation Information

If flying into Baton Rouge:
The Sheraton has a free shuttle bus if you are staying there. After landing, please call the Sheraton at +1-225-242-2600 and request a pickup. Other options include taxi and rental car. A cab ride costs about $20 to the Sheraton.

If flying into New Orleans:
Reliant Transportation Group (reservations must be made ahead of time). Rate is $90 one way. The website URL is: http://www.relianttransportation.com/

The reservation number is +1 (225) 336-4814 x 224.

Other options include taxi and rental car. A cab ride costs about $20 to the Sheraton. Without traffic, it is a little more than a one-hour drive from the New Orleans Airport to downtown Baton Rouge. A cab ride should cost on the order of $120. Please confirm with the driver before the trip.

If using rental car option - both hotels have free parking.

Other related websites

Baton Rouge Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
http://www.bracvb.com/

New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau
http://www.neworleanscvb.com