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Mardi Gras Tips

Date: January 20, 2015 Categories: Blog

Fat Tuesday falls on 2/17 this year. For people who’ve never spent Mardi Gras in New Orleans, there is a lot to learn.

 

Mardigrasneworleans.com has a countdown to Mardi Gras on their site and a printable schedule of the parades, including routes.

 

Bourbonandboots.com features a history of Mardi Gras and a simple recipe for King Cake. You’re not doing Mardi Gras right without King Cake. Nola.com assembled their favorite local King Cakes into a slide show. WWLTV.com also has a slide show featuring their favorites. For King Cake enthusiasts, the free 2nd Annual King Cake Festival is a must see event. It will be held rain or shine at Champion’s Square on Sunday, January 25th from 11-6. There will be live music and a $10 tasting ticket package is available in advance at kingcakefestival.org.

 

Mardigrasday.com has some great Mardi Gras tips, split into specific categories, like alcohol, safety, costumes and comfort.

 

Neworleansmomsblog.com features a blog from the perspective of a mom, celebrating her first New Orleans Mardi Gras. There are a variety of tips for first time revelers.

 

Some Mardi Gras tips we found across various sites included:
• Moderation in all things, especially alcohol.
• Be sure to eat enough and drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids. You can bring food and sandwiches or there are places along the route to eat.
• Park where your car will be accessible when you’re ready to go.
• Spend time now checking out apps that update parade progress, help you find bathrooms, etc. Be familiar with the apps before you actually need them.
• Wear comfortable shoes.
• The minute you reach the place where you will be watching parades, set up a contingency plan, in the event someone gets separated. Use a building as a reference point, not a street, because crowds move. Agree on a meeting place and time.
• Keep kids as close to you as possible, and communicate with them before you leave for the day, the importance of staying by your side.
• Make sure children know their whereabouts when you reach your destination- landmarks, etc.
• You may want to pin a tag on kids that tells their name, age, parents’ names and your cell phone number.
• Know what children are wearing in case you have to ask for help in locating them.
• Most importantly: Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler!