Posts tagged "Mardi Gras"

How much does a dancer make on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Louisiana?

Im trying to make quick money and this is the only way I know how. But just how much money a night would I be taking home?

depends on the tips and what’s in town.

if it’s really slow you could end up with zip, if it’s a big party crowd sky is the limit.

but be aware it’s a tough job and not for the faint of heart.

how are your feet? you’ll be on them a lot

What Mardi Gras parade happens first in the French Quarter?

My friends and I want to hit an earlier parade, and one that happens in the quarter. Any ideas or recommendations?

The first answer is correct and none of the traditional Mardi Gras parades have traveled through the French Quarter since the 1960s.

However, the Krewe du Vieux is a parade (with small floats) that goes throught the FQ about 2 weeks before Mardi Gras Day:

A good place to watch the K du V parade is from the balcony of Margaritaville on Decatur Street:

Go to for more info on Mardi Gras in New Orleans. The FAQ section can be very informative.

Hope you have a great time!

Bourbon Street, Mardi Gras 2009.AVI

If one of your next holiday celebrations is Mardi Gras, here’s a preview — sights and sounds in the French Quarter that I experienced in February 2009. Captured on my little Sony digicam.

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What to do in New Orleans? Metairie safe & close to French-Q?

I am going during the Essence music festival. If you are from N.O. or have visited please give me your opinion on the best resturants, ferries boats, bars, club, attractions, etc. Don’t forget a safe place to stay and parking advice thanks!

Metairie is NOT close to the French Quarte – it is a mostly middle class suburb to the west of the city. Metairie was damaged by Katrina but did not suffer the really extensive flooding that devastated New Orleans so it has almost fully recovered.

Katrina flooded about 80% of New Orleans with salt water, and the water stayed for almost a month. Much of the city is still struggling to recover and all you have to do to see devastation is drive around. It will take years for NOLA to fully recover from Katrina.

However, the parts of the city that tourists usually visit were not flooded. It’s not a coincidence – the French Quarter and other old parts of the city were built on relatively high ground and only suffered wind damage from Katrina. Almost all of the damage has been repaired and you have to look closely in the FQ or city center to see that Katrina happened at all.

If you drive or rent a car, put your car in a lot or garage and leave it there unless you are traveling away from downtown. You don’t need a car to get around in the French Quarter, Central Business District, or Warehouse District. Also, the parking regulations are Byzantine and there are lots of "parking control agents".

The regional transit authority ( sells 1 and 3 day passes that offer unlimited use of buses and streetcars for the day(s) you select.

There is always music, but the bands change: Go to and click on Music then Listings or to and click on Listings, then Music.

Wander around the French Quarter, enjoy the architecture, watch the street entertainers (do tip), and visit some of the historic buildings that have been turned into museums. Most of them charge admission but some are free (go to and click on Historic Attractions).

Assuming the weather is nice, you can collect a sandwich lunch and eat in the riverfront park (watch the shipping) or in Jackson Square (a very nice park).

The Riverwalk shopping center has a food court with dining overlooking the river (…

Cafe du Monde is in the French Quarter and you shouldn’t miss having cafe au lait & beignets ( Another great coffee shop is the Croissant d’Or (at 615 Ursulines Street), which is open from 7:00am to 2:00pm and has food other than pastry.

There is a free ferry across the Mississippi at the "foot" of Canal Street. It is a short trip but like a harbor cruise w/o a guide.

The Aquarium and Audubon Zoo are world-class attractions ( and you should see them if you can. There is a shuttle boat (not free) between the Aquarium (which is next to the French Quarter) and the Zoo (which is several miles away). You can also drive to the Zoo (which has free parking) or take public transit from the French Quarter.

New Orleans is home to a number of other museums, such as the National World War II Museum ( and the New Orleans Museum of Art ( Both can be reached by public transit: The WWII museum is in the central business district but a long walk from the French Quarter and NOMA is not within walking distance of downtown but has free parking if you choose to drive there…

Crime tends to become a topic in questions about New Orleans. Use the same common sense you need in every major city in the world and there is little chance you will be a victim of anything except a need to visit the gym: Pay attention to your surroundings. Stay away from anywhere dark & deserted. Pay attention to your feelings – if anyone or anywhere gives you a bad feeling, leave the area. Don’t leave something like a camera-bag or backpack unattended on a park bench while you wander off to take photos. Etc.

Hope you have a good visit!

Have You Ever Went To A Mardi Gras Parade?

Where and how was it?

I’ve been to many, my whole life(NOLA) and I’ve never seen girls flash lol. That is such a tourist thing.
If no, would you want to?

nope i hear they are really fun~!

Flashing for Beads on Bourbon Street

New Orleans and Bourbon Street in particular is known for having an anything goes attitude. This video illustrates of of the “customs” that are allowed during Mardi Gras season, flashing for beads on Bourbon Street.

Is Flashing for Beads In New Orleans Allowed All Over The City?


Who Dat Do Dat Flashing For Beads On Bourbon Street

Who Dat Do Dat Flashing For Beads On Bourbon Street


While it is thought that “flashing for beads” is allowed all over New Orleans all of the time this is incorrect. It is not a custom or a tradition. Flashing for beads is however allowed during Mardi Gras in the French Quarter and mainly on Bourbon Street. Anywhere else in the city, you run the risk of going to jail.

This means that you can enjoy Mardi Gras with your family in other parts of the city without having to worry that your children will see anything that would be inappropriate.

The main reason for this is the number of people. When Mardi Gras and the weeks leading up to Mardi Gras occur there are huge numbers of people crammed into a very small space. This makes it difficult for police to move and operate. This means that things happen that would not normally happen. Police have to pick their battles. So flashing for beads becomes a victimless crime that is not worth prosecuting.

So if you want to see real Mardi Gras traditions stay off of Bourbon Street. There are plenty of things to see that are exciting and suitable for the entire family. If however seeing women flashing for beads is your thing then head down to Bourbon Street.

Flashing for Mardi Gras Beads has become a controversial custom on Bourbon Street.

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Mardi Gras New Orleans


New Orleans Mardi Gras Traditions

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New Orleans, LA – One Square Mile

The second episode from season two of One Square Mile explores the inhabitants of the Garden District and the Irish Channel neighborhoods of New Orleans, Louisiana. This documentary looks at the people of New Orleans, and the contemporary life of a post-Katrina city.

You can learn more about the people featured in this documentary, and view additional interviews from this and other square miles in the series by going to the series website

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Bourbon Street Bash

Mongo Man travels to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras and kick off bd’s Bourbon Street Bash.

For more info on our Bourbon Street Bash:

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Going to New Orleans with kids?

Which are some attractions that are cheap, or free specially for kids in Lousiana (Specially around New Orleans) We’ll be there for two weeks. Help!

okay im from new orleans and to be truthfulllyy honest there are lots of fun cheap things in new orleans for children to do
im 17 years old ha ha ha but loveeee kids stuff

Audobon Zoo
Aquarium of The Americas
Insectarium (awesomeee)
I-max theater
—-> the site for all of the above

Louisiana Childrens Mueseum ( i love it there)

National World War II Mueseum (very educational)

City Park
the kids will love to feed the ducks and Loveee Story Land especially for kids 8 and under its going to be like a disney land for them

Mardi Gras World

There is alot more in new orleans for kids to enjoy believe me….
I still havent done it all lol
go to
to find attractions , tourist must sees, 5 star resteraunts, hotels and much more
im sure out of all the things i listed abbove you will find somthing your kids will enjoy during your stay..

have a awesommme trip here in New Orleans….
check out the sites i gave you :)

New Orleans Tourist Attractions, French Quarter and Beyond – Guest Reviews

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New Orleans, Louisiana, also known as the Big Easy or the Crescent City, is a premier travel destination with one-of-a-kind attractions, hotels and events.

From neon-soaked Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras to the festival grounds at Jazz Fest, this city knows how to host a party. And what’s a great party without food? New Orleans knows how to kick it up a notch with Creole and Cajun fare that is world renowned.


Talking that New Orleans Talk


Visit Cafe Dumonde for the best Cafe au Lait

New Orleans has a language all its own. While you’re in New Orleans, you will want to know what the locals are talking about ! Listed here are some words and phrases that New Orleanians use that are unique to the Big Easy.

Alligator Pear

What the locals call an avocado.

Andouille – “An Doo E”

This is a traditional New Orleans style, spicy sausage. Usually, andouille is used to make jambalaya, red beans and rice and other New Orleans dishes.

Banquette – “Ban Ket”

In New Orleans, this means, simply, a sidewalk.


Beads refer to plastic necklaces that are thrown from floats and balconies during Carnival. Plastic beads become a kind of currency during Mardi Gras. People trade and collect beads. People also are known to do some rather outrageous things to acquire beads during Mardi Gras.

Beignet – “Ben Yeah”

These are French style donuts that are drowned in powdered sugar. Usually, beignets are served with cafe au lait. Stop by Cafe Du Monde for the cities best coffee and beignets.

Big Easy

This is an euphemism for New Orleans, like the “Crescent City,” that is attributed to Betty Guillaud, a gossip columnist for the Times Picayune, in the ’70s as a term of endearment and an answer to the then I Love New York City hype. If it’s the “Big Apple” then New Orleans is the “Big Easy,” where everything is slower, simpler and easy-going.

Cafe au Lait – “Ca Fay – Oh – Lay”

This is New Orleans traditional coffee. Cafe au Lait is made from coffee and chickory mixed with boiled milk. Cafe au Lait is certain to give you a start for the new day.

Cajun – “Kay Jen”

There are a three meanings for this word. The first refers to the French Acadians who settled into the bayous of Louisiana from Novia Scotia in the 1700’s. The second meaning, which involves a rather hot debate, refers to a style of cooking. The last meaning describes a unique dialect of French spoken by the “cajuns.”


This is actually a root that is ground and roasted to add flavor to coffee. Cafe au Lait is made with Coffee, chickory and boiled milk.


Crawfish are sort of like little lobsters. Locals have “crawfish parties” where friends gather to feast on pounds and pounds of crawfish that are highly seasoned and boiled with onions, new potatoes, whole garlic cloves, sausage and anything else that adds flavor to these delicious crustaceans. Yankees sometimes call crawfish “crayfish.” Locals often refer to crawfish as “mudbugs.”

Creole – “Kree Yol”

This word has a rather complicated history. Creole refers to the French and Spanish descendents in New Orleans. Creole also describes a style of cooking. The debate regarding the differences between “creole” and “cajun” cooking rages on…


From the tradition of the Spanish pirates comes the doubloon. Doubloons are aluminum coins that are imprinted with the name of a Krewe and the theme of its parade and are thrown from floats during Carnival. Over the years, people have begun to collect and trade doubloons as if they were actual coins. Doubloons are one of the most popular Mardi Gras throws.

Etoufee – “A Two Fay”

There are many variations to this dish. Most etoufees start with a roux and consist of rice, shell fish or meat and vegetable

Flambeaux – “Flam Bo”

Before there were electric lights, Mardi Gras parades were lit by fire torches called flambeaux. Today, the tradition of the flambeaux and their mysterious illumination is carried on by some of the old line Krewes.

Grillades – “Gree Yods”

This is broiled veal served in gravy. Usually, grillades are served for breakfast with grits.


The word “gumbo” comes from an African language that means okra. Gumbo is a traditional southern soup like dish. It can be made with just about anything. But, all gumbos start with a rich roux and usually include either sea food or sausage.

Jambalaya – “Jam Ba Lie Uh”

This is a very popular party dish as it can be made in large quantities ! Usually, jambalaya is a spicy dish made with rice, tomato and either sea food or meat is added for flavor. See the recipe in this guide !


Legend has it that the word “Krewe” came from the old English spelling for the word “crew.” A Krewe is an organization or club that parades at Mardi Gras.

Lagniappe – “Lan Yap”

This is what New Orleans call something you get for free. For example, if you go to the butcher and he gives you a bone for your dog, it’s called lagniappe.


If the bellman at the hotel asks if you would like your bags placed in the “locker,” he is asking if you would like to have them placed in the closet.

Muffaletta – “Moof A lot a”

Said to have been invented at “Central Grocery” on Decatur Street in the french Quarter- A Muffaletta is a very large sandwich served on an Italian bread loaf. The muffaletta is made from ham, salami and provolone cheese and garnished with an olive relish.

Neutral Ground

In most cities this is called the “median-” You know, that little strip of ground in the middle of a road. Legend has it that the neutral ground got its name from early New Orleans when the French and Spanish could do business between sections of the city standing on the “neutral ground.”


This is any sandwich that is made with a loaf of french bread. It’s called a Po’Boy because one sandwich can feed an entire family.

Roux – “Rew”

A roux is the base for many popular New Orleans dishes. It is made from flour and oil.


Most parades require the crowd to politely sit and applaud as each float passes by. Not in New Orleans ! In New Orleans a parade is a “sport.” The crowd is expected to participate in the action by catching stuff that is “thrown” from a passing float. At Mardi Gras, the most popular throws are beads, doubloons and plastic cups.


New Orleans gets real hot in the summer and people cool off with this local version of a snow cone.


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