If you are staying with us this week, then you’re in for a treat. Tuesday, February 12th starts the festivities for the 2013 Mardi Gras party in New Orleans.

It seems the excitement and parties have already begun! Parades have been going on since mid-January, and the fun does not seem to be ending soon!

Unfortunately, Mardi Gras in New Orleans is not something everyone can participate in- so this might be your first time. Here are some things to know when participating in the once-in-a-lifetime party that is Mardi Gras.

  • The French quarter is closed to motor vehicles during the Mardi Gras celebration, so plan your transportation.
  • Learn the city before you go out to party, mardigrasneworleans.com explains the dangers of getting lost. “New Orleans is a “checkerboard city”–safe neighborhoods can be within blocks of unsafe areas”.
  • Get to the event early! Like any other parade, families and friends look for seats early, so the good spots fill up. Moreover, people usually guard seats for each other… so we do not recommend moving an empty chair.

Law Enforcement

No matter how great of a time you are having, remember to respect police officers. Nobody is above the law, so refrain from sassy attitudes or combative arguments. The police have a very efficient system for arresting unruly partiers, so do not be one of them!

Similarly, avoid getting too intoxicated. This can cause poor judgment and rowdy behavior, which has its consequences- as in the paragraph above.

Dress in Costume

Mardi Gras is a time for celebration and masquerading, so do not be afraid to spend time and money on your costume. There are several costume contests, so you may even make your initial investment back.