Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Mardi Gras 2012!

The only time I have gone to Mardi Gras in New Orleans was in the 1980s. Of course, I had a great time! I went with two friends, and we booked a hotel room outside of New Orleans to save some money, and because it was really, really hard to find a room in or near the French Quarter.

Some things I learned from that Mardi Gras trip:
  • Prior to my trip, I had only heard of the raucous, depraved side of Mardi Gras. I found the celebration to be much more family friendly than I expected;
  • In my 20s-something mind, I thought the parades would be boring. Little did I know, they were so much I wanted to experience them all to the end;
  • When you put 100s of mardi gras beads around your neck, they are really hard to detangle and remove at 3 a.m the next morning;
  • You don't have to do any thing risque to get those beads;
  • Some floats are more likely to give you beads than others. You can yell at some floats all you want, and you still won't get them;
  • Pralines still are wonderful;
  • It really would be a good idea to get a hotel room in or near the Quarter, as you don't want to spend all of your time fighting the crowds to go 25 minutes away.
Let the Good Times Roll!


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