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Old 02-13-2011, 09:06 AM
 
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Hello everyone,

I'm looking for a change of pace and plan on moving in the near future. I'm considering New Orleans but have some questions about the whole carnival season. I'm thinking I'll wait until after Mardi Gras to go down, see if I like things & try to find a job, that way I'll miss the madness and get a better feel for the actual city. Not to mention rooms be cheaper, less crowded etc.

The only thing I'm wondering is that, in the restaurant business (I'm a cook) at least, there is usually a lull in business after any big holiday or event. Everyone expects a spike in traffic so they hire more people, give them more hours and so on. Things slow down. Do you think that'll be an issue after Mardi Gras? That it will be more difficult than usual to find a job in a restaurant?
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Old 02-13-2011, 10:29 AM
 
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I don't think Mardi Gras would effect the food service industry. I honestly don't think the partiers follow the lent season as they should.
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Old 02-13-2011, 11:30 AM
 
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There are so many festivals coming up after Mardi Gras and springtime brings a lot of tourists, so I wouldn't worry about too much of a lull in business.
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Old 02-13-2011, 11:40 AM
 
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There are so many festivals coming up after Mardi Gras and springtime brings a lot of tourists, so I wouldn't worry about too much of a lull in business.
That's what I was thinking/hoping. It's getting nicer out now and things should be picking up most places.

Another question. While looking for jobs, I plan on staying in a hostel. Cheaper, easier to meet people and so on. I've looked at some but I still want to do more looking. I'm driving down but I'd like to stay in a central location so I can walk around and take public transportation to explore, more so than driving at least. I'm just thinking of parking my car. I know it will depend on the hostel, but I know it a lot of other cities they things like Park-N-Ride, where you park your car out in the suburbs and ride into town. Is there something like that in NOLA & would it be possible to keep my car parked there for a few weeks (w/o costing me an arm and leg)?
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Old 02-13-2011, 01:04 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Just park your car on the street, assuming you're not staying in the French Quarter or the Central Business District. Parking isn't that thick here. The hostel in Mid-City, I think it's called the India House, is right on the Canal Streetcar route to take you to the French Quarter, and parking your car there will not be an issue.
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Old 02-13-2011, 01:15 PM
 
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Just don't leave anything hidden in your car (like under a sweatshirt) or it will be broken into. And if you have a nice stereo, pay to park.
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Old 02-13-2011, 01:20 PM
 
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Just park your car on the street, assuming you're not staying in the French Quarter or the Central Business District. Parking isn't that thick here. The hostel in Mid-City, I think it's called the India House, is right on the Canal Streetcar route to take you to the French Quarter, and parking your car there will not be an issue.
Great info! Thank you

Edit: How about tickets? There are some cities that seem to make it their mission to take every single penny of yours via parking tickets.

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Just don't leave anything hidden in your car (like under a sweatshirt) or it will be broken into. And if you have a nice stereo, pay to park.
Luckily (or not... ) I have neither a nice stereo nor a nice car. It shouldn't be too much of a problem. Thank you though for the advice!
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Old 02-17-2011, 08:02 AM
 
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My friend recently stayed at the Bourbon House Hostel on Annunciation and loved it. It has a lot of good reviews online, too.
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