Any preconceived ideas of what you think Mardi Gras is all about, throw it out the window. Seriously.
A couple of years ago we came to New Orleans over Labor Day and had a blast. During our time, we went to Mardi Gras World learn about the festival and how the floats are made. During that time, we learned Mardi Gras is really family friendly except for a few certain nights in certain parts of town. But other than that it’s very safe and very tame.
I was still skeptical, but Ben really wanted to go. While we were in upstate NY, we met a couple that served here in New Orleans and said it was super safe and even the missionaries were allowed to go. If it’s good enough for them, then it’s good enough for me!
We met some members and hung out with them in Uptown area and had the best time. The floats were so big and intricate. Ben and I are both minimalists, and we live in an RV so why were screaming for people to throw us stuff we can get at the dollar store is beyond me! It was just so fun!
Between parades, everyone in the neighborhood was hanging out playing, talking, and even barbaquing on the side of the road. Everyone was in such a happy mood. I would do it again 100%.
The locals didn’t mind the visitors at all! At one certain parade, someone said “You need some glitter on your face,” and I couldn’t agree more! Thanks random lady!
Watch Out For Alligators!
The members here were the best! Super friendly and welcoming. I am sure they are used to visitors but we felt right at home. Something they recommended to us was the Barataria which is a natural preserve hike where you can see alligators in the wild!
It was a decent “hike” through the bayou, and the walkway were boarded because of the soft swamp land. We saw about 12 alligators hanging out right by the walkway!
They are mainly nocturnal so not much movement but still really fun to see.
Last thing we did before heading out was visit the French Quarters. During the day it’s totally fine. It’s filled with artists, buskers, food, and tourists. We walked around the shops and looked for our badges and stickers which we collect from each city we visit and then headed out after eating some lunch.
Thanks New Orleans! You treated us well.
Also, this guy is the best travel buddy. Love you so much Benjamin XO.