Mardi Gras 2008
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I finally did Mardi Gras in New Orleans and let me tell you, I will never forget it!
Mardi Gras begins on what they call "Twelth Night" which is 12 days after Christmas. So the Carnival goes on thru January & February but ends on "Fat Tuesday" which is the day before Ash Wednesday. It is 46 days before Easter, so it will fall on different days each year.
The girls and I decided to go down for one day/night so we chose Saturday (Feb. 2) because it was right before Fat Tuesday. Jen and I got down to New Orleans at around noon, checked into the hotel and headed down to Canal Street to watch the Krewe of Iris parade.
After the parade, Ann showed up, so we headed to down to Bourbon Street. It was just like you read and hear about: full of crazy and fun people drinking, yelling, throwing beads and Yes, women flashing for beads!!! We headed, of course, down to the famous Pat O'Brians where you have to get their world famous Hurricanes! Please drink slowly and pace because these babies are STRONG!!
We then headed back to the hotel around 6pm to meet up with Kellye and Kristan and got ready for round 2!!
We got back to Canal Street to get our spot for the Endymion parade, which is one of the largest parades during Mardi Gras.
A couple of tips:
1) The parades never start on time 2) They block off the whole entire block so you are stuck there for about the next 3 hours 3) You can bring your own alcohol & coolers which is great because you are not going anywhere 4) Bathrooms are rare: we did find one where they charged us $2, BEST $2 I ever spent!!!
And the biggest tip: The people on the floats that are throwing the beads are OUT FOR BLOOD!!!! Watch out!! Can't tell you how many times I got whacked in the face with bags of beads, cups, footballs, other people, etc............ Be careful!!
So, after the parade ended which was 9pm, Ann & I went back to the hotel to drop off our goodies and Kellye & Jen decided to do some clean up!! We met back at the corner of Bourbon & Canal, but not without a little excitement for me and Ann along the way.
Mardi Gras was definately a fun, exciting, crazy, scarey and memorable experience for me. I can say I will be back next year because the city of New Orleans is fantastic:))
It is nice to see all the people coming back to the city after the devastating hurricane. New Orleans is such an amazing city to visit any time of the year:))