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How To Survive Mardi Gras


St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago. New Year’s Eve in New York. Spring Break in South Beach. There are just some holidays and cities that are made for each other and that you’re expected to go all out. Mardi Gras in New Orleans is no different, so that’s why we’ve come up with a survival guide to make sure you make it out alive the next time you visit NOLA to celebrate.

BYOB (Bring Your Own Beads)

Yes, beads are going to be available everywhere you look during the week but you’ll be spending a pretty penny…these New Orleans vendors are no dummies. Pre-order your beads on Amazon and bring them with you or ship them to your hotel. You’ll be able to have a few more cocktails with the money you saved.

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

No truer words have been spoken than “Mardi Gras is a marathon, not a sprint.” It’s an all-week affair, so don’t go overboard your first night in town. New Orleans offers great sights and sounds, not to mention wonderful food, so there’s no reason to be holed-up in your room hungover while the rest of your friends are enjoying the local fare. Additionally, when it comes to drinking, same idea…stay hydrated and pace yourself. You’ll thank us in the morning.

Notice There’s No ‘P’ in ‘Mardi Gras’

You’re an adult, this shouldn’t have to be said but…don’t pee in public. You’re better than that and if you get caught, you’re going to spend the night with the New Orleans Police Department instead of your buddies, not to mention a stiff fine.

Bourbon Street Beware

While Bourbon Street is the spot to be, don’t feel like you have to spend the entire week posted up with the drunk masses. There is plenty to see and do in the French Quarter and Uptown.

Cash Is King

As alluded early, a Mardi Gras trip can get costly. The events go late into the night so often banks are closed and ATMs will be hard to fine so don’t be afraid to load up with some spending cash before you head out and get your party on.

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