Moving to New Orleans allows new residents to experience some of the most original festivals, food, music, and culture in the entirety of the United States. While the city boasts many different celebrations, none compare to Mardi Gras. For many people looking for a new home or those who have just purchased a new residence, the celebration may seem overwhelming. Here are three tips to help new residents make the most of their first Mardi Gras experience:
1. Get off Bourbon Street
Bourbon Street is one of the most popular tourist destinations during Mardi Gras. The street is filled with bars, restaurants, and often unruly and rambunctious tourists looking to make the most of their party time. While it’s worth taking a short walk down Bourbon Street just to people-watch and appreciate the architecture and historical renovations, celebrate Mardi Gras elsewhere. Head to the nearby Riverwalk, or limit French Quarter time to early in the day to avoid the drunken revelers.
2. Watch a Parade
The highlight of Mardi Gras for new residents is the parades. There are over 40 krewes (groups) that throw parades during Mardi Gras, and each has its own theme. The Krewe of Barkus hosts a parade specifically for pets, while the Krewe of Rex throws what is commonly considered the largest and most opulent parade of the season. Just be sure to get there early, as the standing room fills up quickly.
3. Talk to the Neighbors
Mardi Gras is the biggest party season of the year, and every neighborhood has its own way of celebrating. Whether it’s a group outing to a parade or a block-wide crawfish boil, new residents will find great resources among their neighbors. Neighbors can give advice on the best parades to see, the best restaurants to eat at, and the coolest local venues around.
New residents should be able to embrace the joys of the Mardi Gras season, especially if it’s their first time. Follow these tips and enjoy the season in a newly constructed or freshly renovated home.