Clothes are a part of the fun...sooo many t-shirts. beads of many designs. head coverings. odd things. strange names. unique people. street people. some beggars and when you walk past them they are profane and hope the devil gets you! ha ha...it didnt get us. It is not as scary as I had anticipated and its much funner.
Starting you out on Bourbon street...parades take place here, the streets are narrow. The people can sometimes be a bit shady and everyone's spirits are light. In the evening you'll hear music pouring from buildings, dancing people, bands, women showing their big breasts for $$$ and putting on quit a show. The metal bucking horse is fun and drinks flow freely, in fact, you can have open containers on the streets. We went non-alcohol and had tons of fun! On the airplane home the lady next to us was using her little white barf bag before the plane even took off...apologizing to us how sorry she was. Just couldn't help herself from partaking too much! It's a party place with Southern hospitality and flair.
It is chilly there this time of year, wear a coat (I didnt and froze), air conditioning makes you even colder.
If your lucky...it could be 70 degrees and sunny in february. It could also be rainy. I had heard the streets smelled...but we didnt notice that.
Had one at Mothers (I'll get the address), it was filled with fried shrimps, the bread was just beautiful, but too hard for me. They are known for their HAM for breakfast. Now if you don't get there soon enough it is GONE for the day. My sister asked the owner if there was any and he went on a search and found us two little pieces, it was melt in your mouth good. Plus the 5.00 brownie and all kinds of cajun foods. Remember Mothers restaurant, its been there forever and an experience like no other.
you need or want while your there.
worth it.(thank you maggie stratford for your suggestion). Isnt facebook nice, you can learn so much when you need it!
chocolate bread pudding alamode...one serving for 2 people is enough. Dont forget!
Not too hot on most of the food, just good Lousiana flavors. It's not safe to be there longer than 5 days if your weight watching!
We also ate at Oceana on this street...blackened red fish over Jumbolaya with fried craw fish on top, unforgetable.
far apart, but it does save you time and you can see the city.
This place was nice, affordable (cheapest room 200.00 and fri. goes to 300.00) during mardi gras the great motels are filled way in advance and the cheap places go for a ton of $$. I heard a figure of 1,700 for a cheapie. Saying go early in the week for less crowds. we did a wed. night thru sat. and got on a cruise ship at 2:00 which a taxi takes you for 7.00 each. Taxi from airport to hotel is 20.00 each.
There is a HUGE building down by the waterfront close to where you board the ship called the Mardi gras.
I imagine its filled with tons of paraphanalia for celebrations in new orleans. Noted there was a parking place where they kept the floats. They are very different. There is a tour of new orleans that takes 4 hours and talks about Katrina too. Not sure what its named, it could be the katrina tour.
we flew southwest because it was quite a bit cheaper, with a las vegas layover and a phoenix on the way back. They take 2 suitcases for free.