Can you believe that Mardi Gras is just around the corner? Seems like we only yesterday when we were discussing Mardi Gras 2014 here. If you’re planning to attend Mardi Gras this year, there’s no better place to celebrate than New Orleans. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, this unique spectacle is unlike any other! Parade floats, rambunctious crowds, beads and beer, this street party is definitely one for the bucket list.
If you’re planning to attend, we’ve got a few tips for you to make your experience worthwhile. Gather intel regarding the area and plan your parade viewing strategy ahead of time. That includes transportation and which block you plan to watch from. Also plan meeting points and familiarize yourself with the closest bathroom just in case.
Krewes love tossing trinkets to the crowd so if you plan to hoard your treasure to bring home it is highly recommended to bring a bag to carry it all. Another popular tip is to refrain from picking up fallen trinkets with your hands as they almost certainly will get stepped on. Instead, veteran attendees say to step on it first, then safely reach down to pick it up.
Contrary to popular belief, Mardi Gras is also for kids. However, keep them out of the French Quarter where the debauchery normally occurs. It’s said that the Garden District is a lot more low-key and family friendly than any of the other areas. There is also a family specific celebration called Family Gras which features a variety of musical acts, an art market and more.
Probably our favorite tip – wear a costume! That’s right. They say dress up to blend in and the wilder the better! Dust off one of your old Halloween costumes or purchase a new one (here), add a colorful wig, or don a mask. The possibilities are endless when you’re in such a festive atmosphere. And trust me; you will not raise an eyebrow no matter how ridiculous you think you may look, so take the opportunity to have fun with your outfit.
Lastly, for visitors, it’s always a good idea to take some time out of the day to enjoy the city. Try the local food, peruse the historical sites, listen to live jazz, and make friends with a local! After all, you don’t find yourself in a city as interesting as this do you? Do have a great tip for visiting NOLA Mardi Gras? If so, let us know by leaving us a comment below. For those who are attending, share with us your experience by sending us a photo on Facebook!