Don’t stress trying to create the perfect itinerary for Mardi Gras in New Orleans. This list will provide you with the top things you must do in New Orleans while attending the festival. Remember, there is so much to do in New Orleans during Mardi Gras and the previous post provided lots of information for planning your trip. So, you’re already off to a great start! To make it even easier here is a list of the top 5 must-do’s at Mardi Gras 2020.
1-Bar-Hopping Along St. Charles Ave
Every year parades are held throughout the city. One of the best parade routes is along St. Charles Ave between Napoleon and Canal Street. Here you will find a mixture of people young and old hanging out watching the different floats roll by. There are plenty of bars to pop in and grab a drink. The perfect area for bar-hopping. Don’t forget to taste some delicious local cuisine. From margaritas to local craft beer there is sure to be something for everyone in your group.
2-Dress Up In A Crazy Costume
Everyone dresses up for Mardi Gras. Go ahead and wear something crazy. Don’t have any costumes in your closet? No worries, stop by one of New Orleans many costumes and mask shops to get yourself sorted. There are shops located in the French Quarter and Garden District, including Fifi Mahony’s and Bootsy’s Funrock’n. If you’re not into wearing crazy outfits you can opt for dressing in the official colors of Mardi Gras green, gold, and purple.
3-Check Out The Different Krewes
The Krewes play a very important role during Mardi Mardi. They are in many ways the ring leaders of the celebrations. If you have the opportunity to be invited to a Krewe Carnival Ball, go. It may be a once in a lifetime experience. If you are not lucky enough to get a personal invite, head over to the Endymion Extravaganza. The Carnival Ball is open to the public all you have to do is buy a ticket. For animal lovers go watch the parade of dogs, hosted by the Mystick Krewe of Barkus. Yes, you may have a chance to meet some of the pups!
4-Try Catching Beads and doubloons during throws
While watching the parades keep an eye out for throws. This is when Krewes throw items out to the spectators. Some of the items you can catch include colorful beads, doubloons, or decorative cups, and much more. You may even have a chance to catch a rare item such as Zulu coconuts. Bring home a piece of Mardi Gras!
5-Mardi Gras History
Finally, it’s important to take a moment to learn about the history and culture of the festival. Stop by one of the many museums such as Mardi Gras World. Or take one of the Mardi Gras guided tours. This is a good option for anyone visiting New Orleans outside of Mardi Gras.