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 http://www.mardigras.com/ for more info on Mardi Gras in New Orleans. The FAQ section can be very informative.
Hope you have a great time!