When heading down Bourbon Street you get that true weightless feeling. You are surrounded by the life of the party and one of the biggest celebrations the city of New Orleans has ever seen: Mardi Gras.
Mardi Gras is a widely celebrated and cherished traditional event. With its many festivities and traditions, you see all sorts of people getting involved in the madness. People also are out there looking for a good time and a good party to attend. New Orleans has been the place to go for Mardi Gras for many years now and will be home to many of America’s wildest party people pretty soon and upcoming. With all these people we witness some very crazy events. With these events call a certain standard for you to follow when taking the stroll down this party street in Louisiana.
Below are just a few tips and reminders to use when attending the spectacle that is known as Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana.
One thing you need at all times is a friend. Someone you can trust to stick with you the whole time amongst the party. Just someone to have there in case things get out of hand. It also prevents you from getting lost among the sea of people. Enjoying the party with a friend is definitely a must when it comes to Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
Second would include knowing your location at all times. If you know where you are more likely to stay safe and out of harms Way. Assuring your safety would be to carry a map at all times. These maps can be found at shops and places all around New Orleans before and during the celebration and they are a truly helpful reminder for you the tourist. A map is a must if traveling these streets.
Third would be to stay on the main drags and pathways. Do not ever try to wander away from the celebration in hopes of finding safety and such. There are certain stations and areas that are marked as help locations in case of emergency and such, but make sure you know where they are located before hand. You never want to find yourself roaming the streets in search of help, because more than likely, you will not be successful in finding any.
Fourth would be to have fun, but no your limit. There are times to party and this is one of the biggest parties out there. If you are going to drink make sure you do so in modesty and not in excess by any means. You should save the drinking, if you are planning on doing so, till after the madness and such. These streets are just too dangerous for you to be wandering while under the influence. Being under the influence could cause an ugly scenario for you, and you really want to just refrain from drinking heavily at this event.
No where help can be located or have it programmed into your phone. You always want to know a picked out place, area, or person you can find in case of an emergency. So before you even begin heading towards the celebration, make sure that you have help either at your side or near you just in case.
Don’t do anything too crazy which would incriminate yourself. Again Mardi Gras can be all fun and games, but it is an organized event. It is also a public event so you must obey the laws at all times. Just because there are so many people, doesn’t mean the law enforcement isn’t watching you at all times. they have many groups set up and with arrest you without question based off bad behavior. So have fun, yet party with character and class.
Take in some of the New Orleans history at the parade and celebration. Don’t just go out to get all drunk and messed up, go out with purpose. Enjoy the wonderful floats and people. Look at the cultural influence and aspect to the whole thing. This is a time for positive fun and not just drinking as much as you can. Save the party until after the celebration if you wish to do so.
Treat the area with respect. New Orleans has been a city fully of poverty with the hurricane and all. The last thing they want is litter and trash flooding their streets because of one huge party. Please refrain from littering and throwing your trash. It isn’t that difficult to find a waste basket and take your time to throw your garbage away. You would be surprised to know how much clean-up this city is forced to do after an event like such.
Refrain from getting involved with fights, brawls, and other such nasty arguments. Most of the time these events are occurring based off how drunk someone is. It is not your job to start, stop, and try to interfere with a fight. If you notice one locate the nearest police enforcement officer or help if needed. Do not get involved or you are putting yourself in a great potential risk as well with many different violations possibly headed up your alley.
After the day of celebration do your part to give back. It would be nice if you volunteered for clean up after your night of celebration. Sure the labor is not always fun, but it kind of shows that you are doing your part in exchange for a city that has allowed you to have had the night of your life. Giving back never hurts and it is greatly appreciated here in New Orleans.
I hope you find at least a few of these tips helpful and appreciated. Its not every day that an event like this just roles around. So have a great time and just remember to stay safe and out of harm’s way