QUARTER “Vieux Carre” (say: Voo Car-Ay)
||Bargain for beads. Be a bead lawyer but beware of
when you're tempted to go beyond a chest flash.
||Use side streets to beat crowds in the French
Quarter. However, if you're by yourself, walk where it is well lit and
there are a lot of people. If you've been drinking stay in the popular
parts of the French Quarter, be aware that
neighborhoods can get dicey very quickly. Safe streets on any day are are
Decatur, Royal, and Bourbon up to the 800 block.
||Cars are not allowed on the streets of the French
Quarter unless you have a hotel pass
||Some of the many photographers around plan to post
their fotos on the internet - be aware of that before indulging in any wild behavior
||This zone is for adults - not children. There's a lot
of crude drunks here amidst the frenzy of crowd surges
||Reserve a Bourbon Street Balcony far in advance.
||Bourbon Street, which also has long been home to the
peep show clubs, attracts a public peep show during other seasons as
well - particularly spring break and halloween
||Finding a restroom, no matter how difficult, could be
the difference between party time and jail time.
||Bring hand sanitizer or baby wipes with you. Porta
potties and overwhelmed bathrooms are all too common. Business closes
their facilities to everyone but paying customers, so remember to go
before you go.
||Getting a front row free parade seat
for the top parades will mean arriving about 4 hours ahead of
time! Bring blankets, picnic baskets and chairs, and enjoy the
|GOOD SPOTS for Downtown Parades
- The corner of Napoleon and
St. Charles Avenues is a crowded but rousing place to be.
- The Garden District,
particularly around Third and Fourth Streets, is exceptionally
- Downtown from Jackson
Avenue, near the Pontchartrain Hotel (2031 St. Charles
Ave.), is a more crowded and energetic (sometimes rowdy) place
- On Mardi Gras Day, costuming
begins very early on St. Charles Avenue, and the street
is fairly crowded by 8 AM. The famous street car Street is
perfect for watching the parades, including the famous Rex parade
about 10:30 am
How to survive Mardi Gras by fodors.com
||Dress in costume, especially on Mardi Gras
Tuesday! Participate in a
costume contest and be part of the show.
||Ladders are a good way
to assure your kids will have a good view and stay safely in tow, but
don't put them up too close to the front where jostling is an issue.
||You can also enjoy special packages put together by
businesses along the parade route offering food and a front row spot for
the passing parade...
||Uptown is the family zone.
Most activity is focused around the parades; outside parade hours, the
streets revert to relative normalcy. The crowds along the Uptown portion
of the parade routes are thinner and more docile than those Downtown.
||Remember part of the experience is becoming part of
the action by getting into capturing all the treasure being thrown.
||Maximizing treasure: Yell at the float riders "Throw me something, Mister!" Hold up a sign, for lack of something more
clever say where you're from. Carry a sack and collect the lesser beads
behind the main crowd.
||Use the foot technique for safely claiming a
throw on the ground. This is standard technique so assume your fingers
are at grave risk if you go for the quick fingered scoop.
||You may be asked to flash something for a
special bauble, but parades are considered a family zone and you risk
& BORDERS ||
- Do not fasten ladders together in groups.
- Don't place ladders in intersections or closer to the
curb than the height of the ladder.
- Do not erect fences around public property.
SAFETY || TOP||
- Do NOT get arrested (for any reason) during
Mardi Gras. The courts are closed during Mardi Gras and getting out will
- Do not challenge the barricades over baubles. However,
getting to the other side may be worth it if there's an occurring precedent.
- If an officer tells you to do something...cooperate!
They may have no patience left for your opinion.
- The drinking age is 21, and it is enforced - which can make
use of the plastic cup even more meaningful.
|"Mardi Gras is a
tradition going back almost 150 years
in New Orleans. Our
citizens, as well as most of our police officers, grew up going to
Mardi Gras parades. That's what makes Mardi Gras in New Orleans
unique and is the reason that while often imitated in other cities
it's never been duplicated anywhere else. Our citizens know what
to expect and what is allowed in having a great time."
Search New Orleans Police Site for Mardi Gras update
will get me picked up by the police?
anywhere but porta-potties or restrooms. Climbing up balcony posts.
Touching a policeman's horse. Flashing if you're told not to (female) and
flashing your lower extremities if you're male. Stealing. Fighting. Not
obeying a policeman's orders. Crossing the barricades on the parade route
anytime they are up.
"The thing to do before midnight on Fat Tuesday is to try and plant
yourself among some people on a private balcony in the French Quarter to
see what is undoubtedly the most dramatic end to a party anywhere."
The City of New Orleans takes the end of festivities at midnight on
Tuesday very seriously. We believe one of the most underappreciated rituals
of Mardi Gras is its sharp ending in the French Quarter with the shout of
"MARDI GRAS IS OVER. GO HOME." It is very impressive how clean the City
will look before and
AFTERWARDS: Consider partaking in Ash Wednesday by attending a service and
beginning 40 days and 7 Sundays of abstinence, penance and
reflection until Easter.
Ash-Wednesday', from Collected Poems 1909-1962 by TS Eliot
Plan your own Mardi Gras Party by masksandmakebelieve.com
main ingredients are good friends, good music, good fun. Throw in Mardi
Gras beads, doubloons, Mardi Gras masks and decorations, a king cake,
fried chicken and jambalaya and you're all set.
"As mentioned, soft
and clingy works best. Bikinis get tangled, dresses get stretched
out, tights are impractical, and anything bulky is going to wear
you out faster. Don't pick something that has to be pulled down,
it'll only get stretched out
bars enforce an “18 to enter, 21 to drink” law at the door,
although many choose to require all patrons to be 21 to enter.
Pat O’Brien’s serves more
alcohol than any other bar in the world. Most of it goes into the
infamous “Hurricane” a deceptively tasty yet deadly concoction
made up of rum
The French Quarter and
the adjacent Faubourg Marigny are home to over 100 live music
clubs playing all varieties of blues, pop, rock, zydeco, folk and
FAQ's by frenchquarter.com
6) If you get stuck in the middle of the
street with too many people and no moving room - wait it out.
Attempting to shove will get your head planted into the pavement.
7) Don't go with someone who doesn't know how to have a good time.
8) Don't take someone who gets jealous easily.
more French Quarter tips by Molotov Jester at eOpinons