So you’re heading to New Orleans for Mardi Gras and you’re probably asking yourself a few things: When is Mardi Gras? How long does Mardi Gras last? What even is Mardi Gras? These are all understandable questions for a rookie that feels like all of their parade plans should be on a schedule. But that’s not how we Pardi.
There’s a few things you’ll need for a successful trip to the Big Easy in early February-late March. First, the right mindset. It’s a different world during Carnival on Bourbon Street, so send a message to your crew by wearing this shirt. Otherwise, how will your friends know that they’re supposed to carry on the tradition of getting loose?
The second thing on the list is some Mardi Gras food. And no, I’m not talking about your typical NOLA poboy. Fat Tuesday can turn into Topless Tuesday real fast, so soak up that regret with some delicious king cake (cannot soak up actual baby).
Speaking of topless, the third and most important thing you’ll need for a successful Mardi Gras are BEADS. It doesn’t matter what outfit you’re wearing, who’s mask you have on, or what decorations you put up; if you don’t have beads don’t even bother saving the date. At the very least put these on your feet and hope you get lucky. That way when you’re telling your friends how they should practically put your picture in a Mardi Gras museum, you have proof of all of the flashing you saw.