The Mardi Gras parade season officially begins today, and as of this writing, there are five parades underway in New Orleans. Many more will take place over the coming days, culminating in the grand parades Uptown and in the Metairie on Fat Tuesday itself, February 21, 2012.
This is a period of celebration. It’s a time to enjoy food and drink and fun before Lent. Yet you don’t have to participate in Lent in order to celebrate Mardi Gras. You just have to be willing to have fun now.
It’s also important to take care of yourself. Parades mean lots of time on your feet and lots of people. Talk to the innkeepers of your New Orleans Bed and Breakfast about the best places to watch and the best places to avoid. If you’ll be wandering far from your New Orleans B&B during the course of the day, learn where you can sit and rest and where you can find a restroom!
We find it’s best to go with the flow. You can have a plan (know when and where parades start, etc), but be willing to alter it. Spontaneous parties crop up all over town, and the music and dancing can be irresistible.. Let yourself wander and explore, and laisser les bons temps rouler.