In 2017 we spent the week up to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Lots of sightseeing by trolley, and we stayed within walking distance of the French Quarter. Everyday there were lots of parades and each day the parades got bigger and better. Beautiful homes in the Garden District. Everyone was friendly and helpful. The food was fantastic.
Yes! I live in Michigan now but I grew up in Spanish Fort, Alabama. Every year we would load up in the car and head across the bay(as it was called) trying to make it through the tunnel before it closed. I travel back as much as possible to attend, even now in my seasoned age. I missed it this year being my husband had knee surgery. At work today on Fat Tuesday, thinking about my family there and yes, I've been daydreaming all day, Laughing. But, I'm looking forward to 2021, hanging out with my Alabama family on the corner of goverment street.
Actually, I just got back from my first trip to NOLA this past Saturday. Spent a week sightseeing, touring parks, old homes, and of course the French Quarter. The parades were amazing! lots of excitement. Best to be uptown (away from the French Quarter) for a more family-oriented experience. The people are super-friendly, more than willing to guide and give helpful travel tips.
Unless you're totally into being drunk and foolish, late-night on Bourbon St. is a no-go.
The week before is best, less crowds and congestion, much more enjoyable with
all the Mardi Gras experience and without the mess.
Actually I have traveled to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. But I have a keen insight to it due to the fact that I grew up above The Olde Absinthe Bar. My family ran that historic establishment until I was 11 years old. So when I did go home for Mardi Gras people would travel with me and I acted as a personal do's and don't s guy. I marched in parades and saw most if not all of The Carnival Season's good and bad sides. I still coach people as an ad hoc travel agent/concierge when they are traveling there. It has changed a great deal over the years but a few things have not changed. The French Quarter is primarily a drunken bash for the young. And the uptown and Jefferson and St Bernard parishes are the place to see the parades for families. What so many partiers miss out on is the City That Care Forgot has an incredible history and architecture. I have so many stories about my experiences as a child and adult there. If anyone is interested feel free to contact me. Laissez' Faire Les Bon Temps Roulette.
My first Mardi Gras was in Mobile, AL. They claim to have the first parade before New Orleans. It was much smaller, but manageable and family oriented. Much more fun and safer. It may have changed over the years. Does any one know what’s happening in Mobile this year?
Yes! My husband and I went with another couple in 2017. We stayed at the Grand Victorian B&B on St Charles uptown. Great experience. The bulk of the parades (day & night) went right past our place. They provided chairs for us to sit on. Very family friendly in that area. More crowded as you went down closer to the universities. Lots of locals BBQing. Tons of ladders with seats for the kids.