Mardi Gras, New Orleans
Even "off season", Mardi Gras is a big part of New Orleans. This picture - taken December 12th 2004 - shows the stands being built on the steps of the Gallier Hall to get ready for the Mardi Gras parade The next Mardi Gras was to be February 24th 2005. Of course the official Mardi Gras.celebration always begins January 6th.
Next to Gallier Hall is the building which housed the now defunct Soule College (the red brick building in the back).
Gallier Hall was discovered to be infested with termites and had to have extensive treatment and renouvantion.
Fondest memory: In addition to serving as a place for a reviewing stand, many important people in Louisiana history lay in state in this building - in the distant past, Jefferson Davis and General Beauregard, in the more recent past, New Orleans music legends Ernie K-Doe and Earl King to name a few.
Mardi Gras is also very well known for single people to go out and meet their own kind. Out of my 5 friends who attended the bachelor party, only 2 were currently still available, which meant that the other 3 of us were required to recruit eligible women to meet the single guys.
Mission was accomplished here, as Coli was able to meet this nice young lady and enjoy conversation and beverages.
Enjoy Mardi Gras, and remember the camera always tells the truth in the morning.
One of the things you will definitely see alot of during the Mardi Gras weekend are groups of bachelor and bachelorette parties. As most traditions go, a bachelor party is designed to be one last time out on the open prairie to have a good time with your guy friends before committing into a relationship with your wife. Conversely, several groups of women also had the same purpose and the two collided this weekend in Mardi Gras.
Ironically, the person next to me was also named Sarah, and this is her set of bridesmaids!
it's fun, it's wild, it's long!!! if yu have never seen it - GO! then you decide if 2 weeks of drinking is your cup of tea.
Getting huge! Alway (ok, mostly) great weather - meaning hot & humid. Tons of music, local food, and fun! For around $20 to get in per day, and another $xx for food, and crafts, and yo can't beat it!
French Quarter Fest
The best deal in town. Fun (but not a drunk fest), warm, FREE, and very diverse. Check out this weekend - it's almost getting too big but it's great!
Favorite thing: On Decator, near the water, you'll find any number of stores carrying Mardi Gras beads, masks, feather boas and other assorted trinkets. This is the perfect place to look for those inexpensive souvenirs that will actually be enjoyed by their recipients.
New Orleans is fun anytime of the year. If you want to goto during Mardi Gras time, I would recommend one thing in particular.
Mardi Gras is on a tuesday. The weekend before that is insane. Go the weekend before that because:
a. Yes, there are parades (they start that weekend)
b. It is very crowded, but not sooo crowded that you have to wait to get into a bar or have trouble manuevering through the crowds.
c. There are no cover charges to get into a bar/club. The next weekend cover charges are easily $20. The best thing about Bourbon street is hoping from place to place. Imagine if you have to pay $20 everytime!
Fondest memory: It'll take your mind off of any worries.
Favorite thing: Don't leave without Mardi gra beads for souveniours. You can buy them in fun shops along with other fun Mardi gra merchandise. Or you can get them from people in the streets and parades. I left with all kinds of beads different colors and styles that I now coordinate with my outfits at home for creativity..
Mardi Gras started over 200 years ago by a group of prominent businessmen.
The people, cajun food and the music of jazz filling the streets.
Fondest memory: The King cake is a delicacy and a rich pastry that is decorated with sugary icing in the Mardi Gra colors of purple, green, and gold.
Each cake contains one small plastic baby, and the person who finds the baby in her piece will host the next party. A tradition that goes on....
Mardi Gra! I have never been to a party like this one before. It consists of parades and balls and festive costumes.
Fondest memory: Drinking a 'hurricane' and not remembering what happened next.........it is a very potent drink.
I've never seen so many breasts in one evening
nor have I seen so many people in the streets in one evening
and never have I been molested by so many people trying to pick my pockets in one evening
what else could one ask for
Fondest memory: I don't remember to much I was pretty waisted the whole time
I'll have to look back in my journals and get back to you on this one
have a babysitter, especially if you plan to partake in the Mardi Gras festivities. Dining in The French Quarter is obviously a must. It's all good!
Fondest memory: The endless parade of parades. This is the part the kids will enjoy, at least for a little while. Don't worry, folks. The naughty stuff happens at night. During the day, just a bunch of floats throwing beads and candy.
Go to Mardi Gras! It is a party that defies description. All ages can have a blast and the fun never stops. No matter what you've heard, you'll never know until you experience it.
Be sure and bring a costume. The only downsides are the expense, and you don't really get to know the city during Mardi Gras.
That's me on the right in red.
Here are some of the floats that took place in the parade. The people on the floats throw cups, necklace of beads,doubloon to the crowds. The louder you yell and wave your arms the more they will throw to you. Jeri received about 35 necklaces of beads.
Fondest memory: Mardi Gras. This was my first but not my last.
The infectious spirit the season that culminates in Mardi Gras, the World's Largest Free Show on Earth.
Experience the Irish on St.Patrick's Day. Catch Spring Fever at the Spring Fiesta and French Quarter
Blues tell the story of your heart and feel the vibrations of Jazz filling your soul at the Heritage Festival.
Laissesz Les Bon Temps Rouler on Bastille Day.NFL football season gets under way in the fall.
Catch the races at the Fair Grounds live thoroughbred racing from Thanksgiving Day through the end of March.
Light a candle at caroles in Jackson Square or marvel at the bevy Christmas lights in City Park at Celebrate
You can be sure New Orleans offers the best, whether you the night away in a cabaret, explore the mysterious, murky bayous a Cajun guide. Mo matter what you are celebrating, or when you are celebrating
always a party going on somewhere in the city that invented a good time!
Fondest memory: Mardi Gras tradition and practicefor the Indians to simply compare their tribal song, dance and dress with other tribes as they meet that day. Each Indian has invested thousand of hours and dollars in the creation of his suit, and is not willing to risk ruining it in a fight. This tradition, rich with folk art and history, is now appreciated by museums and historical societies around the world.It is remarkeble and welcome change from the past.
Although there was a history of violence, many now choose to keep this celebration friendly.Each Big chief will eventually stand back and with a theatrical display of self-confidence, acknowledge the artistry and crafsmanship of the other's suit.Before the progression can continue, the two Big Chief's will often comment privately to one another,
'Looking good Baby,looking good!'
The Mardi Gras Indians are comprised, in large part, of the blacks of New Orleans' inner cities.They have paraded for well over a century, the least recognized Mardi Gras tradition.
The Mardi Gras Indians named themself after native Indians to pay them respect for their assistance in escaping the tyranny of slavery.It was often local Indians who accepted slaves into their society when they made a break for feedom.
They have never forgotten this support.
Favorite thing: Just get in the Mardi Gras spirit! Grab a funky hat and a drink. Then, stroll down the main streets, including the jammed pack imfamous Bourbon Street.