This year was by far the best Mardi Gras I have ever been to. First, we had no kids!! So we got to enjoy it completely. Second, we went to Lafayette instead of New Orleans so it was a calmer crowd. We got to enjoy 4 different parades, we ate king cake and got to watch Wayne Toups.
Mardi Gras originated in Alabama, I didn’t know that!! We lived in Baton Rouge for 5 years and took the kids to parades but I spent most of the time catering to them. That is why this year was so great! They are grown now with children of their own and we are choosing to have an active fun year!!
We enjoyed people-watching, such a variety of people attend Mardi Gras. In Louisiana, schools are closed on Fat Tuesday. We met a lot of fun people from Cajun to Creole a local said to me “any reason to party and we are there”. They seem to thrive on being a state who loves to party!
This man was wearing “breasts” and apparently, everyone loved it because he was wracked up with beads!!
Even Elvis was there enjoying the fun!!
This was a news crew who set up right in front of us to broadcast the parades.
What I learned was must-haves:
Bring a bag for beads
What Not To Do:
Arrive late, parking was horrible
Go alone, people who live there know the ins and outs
Get drunk, you will miss out on so much
Get too hot
Do not go toward the end of the parade, head to the front or middle