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Me at the riverwalk with cathedral on the back

I knew that going to New Orleans for Mardi Gras would be an adventure, but I had no idea it would be THIS kind of adventure.

Me and my buddies departed from Ruston on Saturday morning at 7:30 AM after having had some beers the night before. The trip was alright, with no events, and we stopped for a bit in Baton Rouge to take some pictures of the Mississippi river. Lines to get into NOLA were long and it took a lot longer than expected to get to the hotel.

Then, we had the experience I mentioned in my review, bookit.com never booked our room! We felt stranded but we thought it was pointless to try and find a room at this point and so we just parked in a garage a few blocks away from the French Quarter and with little thinking we joined the party.

Me at the thrashed Canal St.

I had already been to Mardi Gras before and I knew what I would see. My friends were quite surprised by all that was going on in there, but they quite liked it. First we were touring a bit around the cathedral and the riverwalk and then we joined some of the parades and as it was to be expected, we ended up in Bourbon St. at night. For some reason, things were quite a bit naughtier this time that they were the last time I was there! Now my friends were seriously surprised about what was going on in there haha pretty much like Babylon or Sodom and Gomorra!

I bought myself a goofy hat, and we got lots of beads from the parades and balconies. We visited a handful of bars, but I will make a review of two of them in particular.

We still didn’t know where we would spend the night, and as I was getting more and more tired, the concern grew on me.

Worried about where were we going to sleep??
At first I thought I could have the energy to spend the night on bars until sunrise, but I guess that I am not in my 20s anymore!

We came back to the car with the intention to sleep inside it, but we noticed that part of the city was quite gloomy at night and didn’t seem very safe. Naively we went looking for hotel rooms anywhere around the city, but there were none available! All of New Orleans and neighboring towns hotels were fully booked! So it was time to face the cold reality. We would have to sleep in the street! I found a Motel Six and we decided to park there for the night. We turned heating on and used our jackets as blankets. It may be that I was absolutely exhausted, but I fell asleep rather quickly. I even remember what I dreamed lol. At least it wasn’t cold, but as you can imagine, not totally comfortable!

montecarlostar says:
Yeah, Bourbon isn't as crowded during the Jazz Fest. I really don't think I could do Mardi Gras again! At least not Bourbon St. ;)
Posted on: Mar 16, 2010
Abidos says:
Yes, I think I was 20 years old (using my roomate's ID, not that they cared much hehe). Don't know if I could take the crowds again at this point. Maybe something like Jazz Fest :)
Posted on: Mar 16, 2010
montecarlostar says:
Yeah, I don't think I'll do it again! I'm getting old for so much riot hahah :P
Posted on: Mar 03, 2010
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Me at the riverwalk with cathedral…
Me at the riverwalk with cathedra…
Me at the thrashed Canal St.
Me at the thrashed Canal St.
Worried about where were we going …
Worried about where were we going…
The Mississippi at Baton Rouge
The Mississippi at Baton Rouge
The Mississippi at Baton Rouge
The Mississippi at Baton Rouge
Big line to get to NOLA!
Big line to get to NOLA!
NOLAs skyline
NOLA's skyline
NOLAs skyline
NOLA's skyline
The superdome
The superdome
New Orleans skyline
New Orleans skyline
NOLAs buildings
NOLA's buildings
The eyes
The eyes
Parades
Parades
Nice street
Nice street
Colorful houses
Colorful houses
Me at the riverwalk
Me at the riverwalk
Cathedral and cannon
Cathedral and cannon
With my friends at the Cafe Dumont
With my friends at the Cafe Dumont
In the line for the restroom at th…
In the line for the restroom at t…
Inside the cathedral
Inside the cathedral
The ceiling of the cathedral
The ceiling of the cathedral
An illustrated bible
An illustrated bible
Me with goofy hat at Canal St
Me with goofy hat at Canal St
Street musicians
Street musicians
Voodoo store
Voodoo store
Me with goofy hat at Bourbon St
Me with goofy hat at Bourbon St
Me at Bourbon
Me at Bourbon
Me at Bourbon
Me at Bourbon
No, I wasnt saying a poem! I was …
No, I wasn't saying a poem! I was…
With Marcelo
With Marcelo
After having a test tube shot!
After having a test tube shot!
Calle de Borbón
Calle de Borbón
Some entertaining
Some entertaining
PPl trying to get beads
PPl trying to get beads
A balcony
A balcony
Classy!
Classy!
With Edwin and some beads!
With Edwin and some beads!
Edwin trying to get beads
Edwin trying to get beads
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