Adventure #269 Mardis Gras, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
So if you had the choice to either spend your evening flipping pancakes, inhaling the few that made it to the other side followed by collapsing on the sofa in a Nutella coma OR dancing in the streets of Louisiana eating loads of incredible food, drinking loads of booze and meeting thousands of people dressed in sequin and ostrich-plume covered costumes..which would you choose? We thought so. This incredible Mardi Gras carnival is #269 on our Adventure Map™ and here’s a few practical tips to make your experience the best it can be.
Embrace the adventure & chaos
Masked strangers, big crazy floats, falling strands of beans, women baring all and sundry…it could be easy to feel a little, well terrified, when first experiencing this immense carnival but as long as you embrace it rather than let yourself become overwhelmed then it’s amazing how quickly it can all begin to seem quite normal. Before you know it you’ll be back home, walking down your local street in your feather boa wondering why people are looking at you funny.
Book your digs asap
Last year 1.2 MILLION people attended Mardi Gras, that’s 3.5 times the population of New Orleans! So it’s probably wise to book your accommodation as soon as possible. I mean we’d probably say now! We’re big fans of Airbnb so find suitable places to stay on their Mardi Gras page here.
What to eat and drink
Everything! The whole point of Mardi Gras is to consume as much as possible before the 40 lean days of lent. Even if you’re not religious we just think it would still be rude not to, right? One thing you definitely have to sample is the po’ boy sandwich- a lightly toasted French bread covered in real butter, with crisp lettuce and pickles, thin-sliced tomato and “most of all, freshly fried oysters. De-lish. But firstly be sure to start the day off with a Brandy Milk Punch. Yes people, at Mardi Gras it is completely acceptable to drink cocktails first thing in the morning! It is a wonderful concoction of whole milk, vanilla, nutmeg, sugar and brandy. Not too dissimilar from a bowl of cereal really…
The nearest airport to fly into is the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and from there your best bet is to jump into a taxi for around $35. There is a shuttle bus that goes from the airport but apparently there are lots of stops en route, and when there’s a Hurricane Cocktail waiting for you at the other end then you just want to damn well get there and start your Mardi Gras adventure!
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