Join the excitement and culture of Mardi Gras, a colorful and lively celebration in the heart of New Orleans.
New Orleans' biggest tag may be that it is the home of Mardi Gras. A trip to one of the biggest celebrations can be done with careful planning, almost completely snag-free. Beautiful parades by day and a lively and anergetic nightlife along Bourbon Street are just some of the highlights. Whatever type of experience you're looking to have, here are a few facts and tips from the wise.
- Make sure to reserve your accomodations early. Whether you're planning on staying right in the action or on the outskirts of it all, Mardi Gras is a heavy tourism time of year down in New Orleans, so book ahead and do your research.
- New Orleans is a large city just like any other. During the wild and exciting time of Mardi Gras, be sure to leave valauables at home and out of sight.
- Mardi Gras can be a wonderful experience for the whole family. Be sure to keep your children close and always have a plan where you should meet in case someone gets lost. Talk about the importance of safety with your children before you head out for the day, and get ready to enjoy the beautiful parade. That said, stear away from the French Quarter with little ones; it is that wild,and best for those of those 21 and older.
- Beads being tossed from balconies and off the floats during the parade were once made of Czechoslovakian glass. However, today these are made mostly of plastic. Make note: Despite what that couple wobbling down the street–carrying their hurricanes in one hand and gobs of beads in the other–may tell you, it isn't actually necessary to remove your clothing to catch these coveted souvenirs.
- The traditional colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold, and you'll surely see these incorporated all over New Orleans. Purple represents justice; Green represents faith; Gold represents power.
- And, lastly. It's important to make sure you're be aware of your surroundings during Mardi Gras. A safe and petty crime-free time can be had by all with just a little common sense.