Friday before Mardi Gras

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enjoying my first balcony with Heidi

First of all, I have to explain that Mardi Gras is not just one day. Although the name is Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras is more a group of days. It's not a fixed day in the year, it will change according to Easter.

Anyway, the first day of MG or when everything begins is the Friday before the Fat Tuesday. People start going to the French Quarter and the balconies, to drink, eat and throw beads. But this day is more for the local people. Tourists will arrive on Saturday. So, if this is your first Mardi Gras is better starting this day taking it easy, so you will be get adjusted to this fest :)

In my case, we had a balcony and everything started pretty early. It wasn't even 11am and we were already having a couple of drinks at a balcony in the French Quarter.

Bo pointing at me ;)
There was an open bar, where you can order whatever you want, and also a buffette. You can taste different New Orleans' dishes, like the gumbo, Muffalettas, etc.

It was a bit chilly, at least for me. But we were having so much fun. I was there with 4 friends, a couple, a girl and another girl from NYC. It was her first MG too. We were having a blast there. The couple left, they were my hosts and had to go to the airport to pick up some friends form San Francisco.  Rebeca, Sharon and me stayed at the French Quarter, but decided to move. We went to a bar at the French Quarter - not a balcony anymore.

At this place I realized the importance of saying it was my first MG, hahaha. Everyone was happy, I'm having my first MG, so free drinks for the new MG girls hahaha. We stayed there for a while and even got an invitation for the Pat O'Brien's Balcony on Sunday. But not sure I'm gonna be able to do it.

My friends weren't able to come back to French Quarter with the car anymore, so they stayed at a small bar at the Warehouse District. We just took a taxi and met them there. We stayed in this small, cozy bar until the first parade was starting. It was Morpheus parade. I didn't just enjoy the parade, but also became friend of the cops, hahaha. My first parade :)

Well, we'll see what happen tomorrow ;)

yadilitta says:
Thanks! I love Mardi Gras too. You have to experience it at least 1 time!!!
Posted on: Mar 04, 2009
montecarlostar says:
Great blog! Mardi Gras is great indeed!
Posted on: Mar 04, 2009
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enjoying my first balcony with Hei…
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Bo pointing at me ;)
Bo pointing at me ;)
our stock, getting ready for the w…
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(In)Famous Street
(In)Famous Street
Bourbon St still quiet
Bourbon St still quiet
with Bo
with Bo
with Mike at the Balcony
with Mike at the Balcony
catching some beads
catching some beads
Throw me more beads!!!
Throw me more beads!!!
some customes
some customes
so much food
so much food
the Muffalettas
the Muffalettas
Canal Street
Canal Street
a bar
a bar
celebrate with Bacardi
celebrate with Bacardi
a happy man with the girls
a happy man with the girls
wit Ryan at the bar
wit Ryan at the bar
nice decoration at the bar
nice decoration at the bar
cops watching Bourbon St
cops watching Bourbon St
Erick, the cop
Erick, the cop
Morpheus band
Morpheus band
with Erick, the cop
with Erick, the cop
trying to get some beads
trying to get some beads
cute girl waiting for the parade
cute girl waiting for the parade
Morpheus parade
Morpheus parade
Morpheus parade
Morpheus parade
Morpheus parade
Morpheus parade
Morpheus parade
Morpheus parade
Morpheus Parade
Morpheus Parade
the riders at Morpheus Parade
the riders at Morpheus Parade