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Old 02-01-2012, 05:52 PM
 
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I live in Baton Rouge and am newish to the area. I really want to see a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. Are there any parades you can suggest that aren't insanely crowded and crazy? I'm looking for something family friendly but fun. Also where the heck do people park? On a normal day it's hard to find parking so any tips would be appreciated!
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Old 02-02-2012, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Metairie, LA
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The big parades Uptown are Sunday and Monday night before Mardi Gras. All of the other ones will have less crowd. Take a look at the schedule, and pick a night you want to go.

You can drive in, park near the intersection of St. Charles and Napolean (preferably upriver or west of it), and walk over to Napolean and catch it there. It's a safe family friendly area. All of the parades come down Napolean from the river and turn on St. Charles to head downtown.
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Old 02-02-2012, 07:28 PM
 
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Awesome! Thank you.
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Old 02-03-2012, 08:47 AM
 
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I would suggest Friday night leading into the big weekend. It's the best night imo. There is still some room on the neutral ground (especially at intersections) and the ground isn't completely saturated with various runoff yet.
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Old 02-03-2012, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Did you know that Baton Rouge has parades as well? If you're new, it may be a gentle introduction to Mardi Gras and it's a lot closer.
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Old 02-05-2012, 02:27 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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Know one thing....Mardi Gras is crowded, but, it's not a crowd that is annoying. It's a good crowd. I have many friends that have been worried about crowds and were pleasantly surprised how much they "enjoyed" the crowds. It's only really annoying when you stand in an area that has a barricade in the front...it's get tough there. Stand on St. Charles Uptown for any parade, get your little spot, meet those around you, and no matter how crowded you'll enjoy yourself.
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Old 02-05-2012, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Way up north :-)
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What alon54 said. If you have kids I think it's easier - they always get good throws. (I noticed this b/c one stood next to me at Krewe de Vieux last night. )
Seriously, do talk to the people around you - that's part of what makes New Orleans so amazing - they'll give you all sorts of info and maybe give you some of their loot in sympathy if you're like me and hopeless at getting the good stuff.
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Old 02-05-2012, 07:54 PM
 
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Yay! I think we are going to go next weekend. I'm so excited! Oh and I know BR has lots of parades but nothing beats that NO vibe!
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