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New Orleans Treme' Walking Tour
"Treme' (pronounced Tre-May) sits adjacent to the French Quarter and is the oldest African-American neighborhood in the United States. Treme' is a vibrant area steeped in music and culture. Come explore this iconic gem and revel in New Orleans Jazz histor the birthplace of such Jazz greats as Alphonse Picou and Trombone shorty.Treme' was originally settled by Free People of Color; often referred to as Creoles whose unique experience helped shape the civil rights movement. It is the hallmark of African-American history not to be missed. Today Treme' is home to artists musicians and craftsmen and is a living breathing
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Combo Oak Alley Plantation and New Orleans City Tour
"Go beyond the typical city tour experience and see New Orleans like a local. Relax in an enclosed air-conditioned minibus that runs every day rain or shine. You’ll pass through the French Quarter and travel past mansions along Esplanade Avenue on your way to a stop in City Park where you can visit the Morning Call Café for coffee and beignets. In addition you will see the Ninth Ward a neighborhood devastated by Hurricane Katrina. View the Garden District with its vast mansions that line pristine boulevards and Faubourg Treme — one of the oldest African American neighborhoods in the country dating back to the 1700s. Pass through the home of the internationally acclaimed World War II Museum and by the Contemporary Arts Center
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Three Hour City Tour of New Orleans
"Your tour begins when you pass through the French Quarter and travel past the mansions along Esplanade Avenue on your way to a stop in City Park where you can visit the Morning Call Cafe' for coffee and beignets or view the Besthoff Sculpture Garden. In addition you will see the Ninth Ward a neighborhood devastated by Hurricane Katrina. View the Garden District with it's vast mansions that line pristine boulevards the Warehouse District Faubourg Treme- one of the oldest African American neighborhoods in the country dating back to the 1700's pass through the area formerly known as the American Sector
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Mardi Gras Tips (15)

A Consuming Passion

Favorite thing 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.

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grandmaR
Jul 30, 2005

Largest Singles Mixer out there

Favorite thing 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.

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ATXtraveler
Feb 07, 2005

Bachelor/Bachlorette Parties

Favorite thing 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!

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ATXtraveler
Feb 07, 2005

maybe once IS enough

Favorite thing Mardi Gras
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.

Jazz Fest
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!

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Dec 22, 2004
 
 
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Mardi Gras all year

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.

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Jonathan_C
Oct 08, 2004

Mardi Gras

Favorite thing 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.

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marciaca
Mar 18, 2003

Mardi Gra Beads

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..

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Mar 08, 2003

Bourbon Street and the French Quarter

Favorite thing 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....

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Kodi01
Feb 13, 2003

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Mardi Gra in the French Quarter

Favorite thing 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.

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Kodi01
Feb 13, 2003

go with a group

Favorite thing 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
Good food
Good Freinds
Good drinks
Good music
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

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ChefSalt
Oct 15, 2002

have a babysitter, especially...

Favorite thing 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.

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MrMarshall
Aug 25, 2002

Go to Mardi Gras! It is a...

Favorite thing 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.

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Aug 25, 2002

Things to Do Near New Orleans

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Wax Museum

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French Quarter Walking Tour

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Superdome

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1850 House - Louisiana State Museum

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Pharmacy Museum

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