A Hipmunk City Love Guide: Tips for Mardi Gras in New Orleans

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A Hipmunk City Love Guide: Tips for Mardi Gras in New Orleans

New Orléans is an exciting city any time of year, but things really heat up during Carnival Season. The city is always full of interesting people, superstitions, and voodoo, so imagine what it’s like during Mardi Gras. When planning a trip to Mardi Gras use the following guide to prepare for a fantastic adventure.

Best Places to Stay

The best place to stay during Mardi Gras is in a hotel in the Garden District. These hotels are near the parade routes, and a short street car ride away from the French Quarter. Along the parade route on Saint Charles Ave, the Clarion Hotel Grand Boutique is a great place to stay. This hotel offers guests historic charm with modern conveniences, plus you can walk outside with your morning coffee and watch the parades. Now if you prefer to stay closer to the parties in the French Quarter, visit the beautiful Bourbon Orléans Hotel. Here you relax in a beautiful room or step outside right into the action.

Go Early

Many people believe that attending Mardi Gras means you’re in New Orléans on Fat Tuesday, but Mardi Gras isn’t just a one-day event. Carnival season begins in January and slowly builds up to Fat Tuesday, with the biggest concentration of parades the two weeks before. If you are planning on attending, arrive early so that you can see as many of the events as possible. Check thecalendar of events so you can plan your travel accordingly.

Bring a bag

If this is your first time to Mardi Gras, you may not realize how much loot you end up with at the end of an event. From beads to masks, to random trinkets, you will have handfuls of items to take home as souvenirs. It’s wise to bring a bag with you when you are attending any event, that way you have a place to put your stuff.

To-Go Cup

One fascinating thing to non-Louisiana residents is that you can to drink alcoholic beverages on the streets; you just have to have it in a to-go cup. You can ask to take your drink to go from any restaurant or bar, and they will pour your drink into a proper plastic to-go cup. However, if you plan on saving a few dollars by bringing your own beverage, make sure you have it in a plastic cup; no glass bottles or glasses are allowed on the streets.

Dress Up

There are several superstitions and beliefs that go with dressing up for Mardi Gras, which is why you’ll find a city full of people in costume. Although you don’t have to dress up to attend, it’s a good idea to costume. However, if you really don’t want to the hassle, look into wearing some beads and a mask or at least a festive hat. You may not full costume, but if you don’t have a little something on you will feel out of place.

These tips should get you started on your planning, but if you want more ideas on what to see and do while in New Orléans check out the Five Must-Have New Orleans Experiences.


Photo by Erica R. Hopper via trover.com

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