Posted by: Thomas | February 19, 2012

Mardi Gras 2012, New Orleans

My very first Mardi Gras in New Orleans. To summarize in a few words: madness, madness and absolute madness. We stayed at a hotel located directly on the Bourbon Street, French Quarter, in the middle of all the Mardi Gras action. Thousands of people were celebrating day and night without any break for a few days. We stayed for 4 days and that was enough.

Mardi Gras is all about excitement, music, parades, floats, drinking, beads and it is one big holiday in New Orleans. People are dressed in crazy costumes and everyone gets on the streets of New Orleans to have some fun and excitement. The center of this excitement and madness is at Bourbon Street, French Quarter. It is amazing what people are ready to do for beads. Some don’t even want beads but still are doing crazy things like taking off their pants, or showing breasts. Although it is not a tradition per say to flash for beads, yet majority of women and men are doing it. Women show their breasts, men take of their pants, roll on the ground, and do pushups or whatever just to get some beads. Beautiful beads are a great treasure and apparently a hot commodity. I still don’t understand the whole beads thing and why people do such crazy things. Although I still can’t understand why people are doing whatever they are doing for beads I have to say that I have also done 15 pushups for a free T-Shirt at the middle of the Bourbon Street.

On the balconies, which can be rented and some of them are booked a few years in advance; people are standing enjoying the atmosphere, jazz music, and throw beautiful beads on the crowd on Bourbon Street. Parades are happening throughout the day, and at night the floats can be seen at the Canal Street. Everyone is just enjoying and having a great time. The food is great, and one must try the southern cuisine while there. My favorite was shrimp jambalaya. I had a wonderful time and recommend everyone to visit New Orleans for Mardi Gras at least once in a lifetime.


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