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Old 11-20-2008, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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Yeah, I hate driving in NOLA during carnival season, especially that Thursday-Monday leading up to Mardi Gras. It can be a mad house if you don't know the parade schedules or cross streets to bypass the worst traffic.
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Old 11-20-2008, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Da Parish
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Lol, shoot Daryl, even if you know the back streets, parade routes, and times it's a mad house. You know a bicycle or a scooter would be ideal during that Thurs.-Mon. period. I've never tried it, but when I saw my cousin's husband with a bike last year, I thought "why didn't I think of that?"

I could just park the car, (uh uh not sharing my secret parking spot publically) and bike downtown. Yeah I know I could walk from where I park, but it is a bit of a walk. I just know some people I know would kill themselves laughing over my chunky, out of shape, goofy self peddling down the street in my usually silly costume picking up the pieces as they fly off.

For those who are coming for MG 09' for the first time one of the MUST HAVES of carnival season is Arthor Hardy's Mardi Gras Guide. Some people even collect them because of the artwork on the covers.

No prob Vintage
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Old 11-20-2008, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Just Outside New Orleans (Gretna)
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Endymion, that returned this year after a post-Katrina absence yeah?
Endymion still rolled, just along a different route. It returned to it's "normal" route this past year.

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Think we're gonna be staying on Bienville St, btn. Bourbon and Dauphine. Pretty central.
Use the streets one block off of Bourbon to get from one end of the quarter to the other more quickly during the crowded times.

I suggest you take in some of the events on the "other" side of the Quarter as well, around Frenchman and the Faubourg Marigny. It's much more local-oriented than the drunk and "hormonal" college crowd on Bourbon (not that you can't enjoy that as well).
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Old 11-21-2008, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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Lol, shoot Daryl, even if you know the back streets, parade routes, and times it's a mad house. You know a bicycle or a scooter would be ideal during that Thurs.-Mon. period. I've never tried it, but when I saw my cousin's husband with a bike last year, I thought "why didn't I think of that?"

I could just park the car, (uh uh not sharing my secret parking spot publically) and bike downtown. Yeah I know I could walk from where I park, but it is a bit of a walk. I just know some people I know would kill themselves laughing over my chunky, out of shape, goofy self peddling down the street in my usually silly costume picking up the pieces as they fly off.

For those who are coming for MG 09' for the first time one of the MUST HAVES of carnival season is Arthor Hardy's Mardi Gras Guide. Some people even collect them because of the artwork on the covers.

No prob Vintage
I know some people that did the biking thing last year. They parked in the Garden District and rode along the uptown route most of the day. Sounds like it would be fun and I might have to give it a whirl one year.
I was stationed over around Shell Plaza last year, never thought about heading into the Quarter because I remember my last experience over there on a Fat Tuesday, pure pandemonium.

And I've got to have nearly every Arthor Hardy Mardi Gras Guide between 1986 and 2000. Unfortunately I haven't really bothered to continue the collection in recent years but maybe I need to restart it.

They are great reads for newtimers. And it gives you the detailed info about every parade in the metro area. Oh, and buy a good map too or get a local to help navigate.
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Old 11-23-2008, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Way up north :-)
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Thanks guys. Could be a dumb question, but it doesn't hurt to ask: Does the St Charles Ave streetcar run during the MG period? There are a few parades along the route yeah? I'm not depending on it, just wondering. We took a ride on it, loved it, and loved seeing all the 'welcome back' signs for it along the way.
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Old 11-23-2008, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Way up north :-)
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For those who are coming for MG 09' for the first time one of the MUST HAVES of carnival season is Arthor Hardy's Mardi Gras Guide. Some people even collect them because of the artwork on the covers.
Hey Drou, are these easily available?

(Everythings now booked btw..air tickets, train from LAX, accommodation...roll on February!)
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Old 11-23-2008, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Da Parish
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I can understand avoiding the Quarter for MG Daryl; it's not for everyone. I love hanging out in the less crowded areas and while I spend a small amt. of time on Bourbon, I perfer the Square, Frenchman, and basically the lower end of the Quarter. Cool, you have quite a collection! The few I had before the storm are gone with the storm, but I have 06'-08'

Jacq I could be wrong, but I don't think the street car runs on St. Charles on MG day. It will not run during a parade and probably not for a bit before, but will run the rest of the day. Sad to say, but I really haven't paid attention to when they run. Lol, for me it's more about where to park and how to avoid parade traffic.

Those Mardi Gras Guides are available all over the place, (locally that is), I usually get mine from Walgreens. You'll probably see them in the airport. They are out shortly after Christmas; Carnival season starts Jan. 12. You're getting me reved up for MG already!
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Old 12-11-2008, 09:14 PM
 
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I always spend Carnival with my family. For me its always, and forever will be, a traditional New Orleans family holiday. I know what goes down in the Quarter and all but I find most New Orleanians spend Mardi Gras with their family. I rarely go to the Quarter and if I do its for a couple hours. I live one block off of Napoleon so I stay uptown and I have even before I moved in this house.
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Old 02-10-2009, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Tucson
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u must see three big parades! Rex, Zulu, & Endymion. Rex & Zulu on Fat tuesday and endymion on sat. before Mardi gra. Zulu ball. Mon. would be the day escape go through the quarters get drinks, po boys, red beans;;;; don't wounder to far off the streets of the french quarters. I'm a world traveler too so I know the unknown feeling have fun.
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Not sure how much time you will be there. On Mardi Gras Day, catch Zulu and Rex downtown then wander into the Quarter.
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DO NOT miss Lundi Gras.
Could somebody please tell me which streets these parades run on? I can't figure it by the schedule... What's considered uptown? Is Charles St (Intercontinental) uptown? So far I know it's kind of on the border of the French Quarter (a couple of blocks?) and the business? district and I know parades run on this street, but don't know which ones.
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Old 02-16-2009, 05:51 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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Mardi Gras...We spend the entire time on St. Charles Ave.--on the neutral ground. We are there for every parade and grill out, have crawfish, muffuletta's, plenty of beverages, etc. We have a grand time. On Fat Tuesday, we abandon the avenue and head for Downtown and the Quarter.....
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