Eat, drink, party and repeat at Mardi Gras New Orleans

Mardi Gras 2016 Hand gernadeBefore the Lenten promises kick in, you have one last chance to indulge in some of your favorite vices with Mardi Gras and a climatic Fat Tuesday. I am a big lover of the celebration of Mardi Gras and Carnival (in other places in the world) as it usually starts off my month long birthday celebration.  This year I took the short trip over to New Orleans for their world famous Mardi Gras celebration to see check out what the states have to offer for the celebration up to Fat Tuesday.  As New Orleans is always a pretty crazy place this celebration is normal New Orleans on crack but still a great opportunity to grab some delicious food, grab one or two (or three or four) drinks in the Quarter, and make some unforgettable memories.

Mardi Gras 2016 Zulu Ball

As this was my first adult take on Mardi Gras I wanted to add some grown up favor to the mix and there is no better place to do that than at a ball.   Every parade in Mardi Gras ends with a ball so the options are numerous.  After a last minute frantic search for tickets, I attended the Zulu Ball this year.  The Zulu ball was an eclectic combo of picnic and gala with much of the fun focused into family and group tables.  Luckily I am friends with a native who showed me the ropes.  Any chance to dress up is right up my alley and paired with some fantastic performances by Juvenile and Charlie Murphy this gala is a great peak into the true New Orleans culture.

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With the adult stuff out of the way it was back down to good old Bourbon street fun. I recommend always celebrating something when on Bourbon (even if you make it up) but this year I was actually there to celebrate a friend’s bachelorette weekend.  People become alive when they are witnessing you celebrating a special event and things can get a little crazy when this coincides with Mardi Gras.  IN the day I had a great time with brides challenges and watching others take on bead challenges.  For night time Bourbon Street fun be prepared to pay for club access if the super crowded streets are not your cup of tea.  No matter if you are hitting the pavement or partying in a bar you are sure to see something crazy and uniquely New Orleans while on a stroll in the Quarters.  These amped moments can definitely become unforgettable ones so grab a shot of absinthe from the Old Absinthe House and test your chops at karaoke and dive into a hand grenade from Tropical Isle.   Feel free to eat, drink and be merry as there are few better places than New Orleans during Maudi Gras!

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