07 Mar Mardi Gras 2019
Though I cannot say I ever lived in New Orleans, I was born and raised in Louisiana. I grew up in Baton Rouge, which is one hour away from New Orleans. Growing up, Mardi Gras was a tradition that brought many Louisianians together for a weekend of parades. As soon as you arrive to New Orleans, a hot bowl of gumbo, king cake, and jazz music greet you! Instead of flower leis like the ones you can get in Hawaii, Mardi Gras beads welcome you with as much as the arm can catch.
March 1: Beads and bling it’s a mardi gras thing
Most Mardi Gras balls are by invitation only. This year, we were invited to the Crew of Mid-City Ball. All Mardi Gras balls are black tie events, so you have to arrive in formal length gowns and tuxedos! These balls are elaborate, over the top, with intricate details. A whole year goes into planning out the theme, creating the floats, and all of the events in-between in order to pass on tradition from decade to decade. Our ball consisted of an opening ceremony presenting the royal court and including the new king and queen of Krewe of Mid-City. I almost felt like I was in medieval times with a New Orleans flare. Dinner included a first course which was a house salad, a second course which was a hot bowl of gumbo, a main dish which was a steak, and finally a dessert which was a cheesecake themed Mardi Gras cake. After dinner, a live band played and there was an open bar until 3 in the morning. That is when the party really began. The parade for Mid-City was on Sunday! Other balls such as Endymion are open to all visitors! I highly recommend adding a Mardi Gras ball to anyone’s bucket list, since it is an experience to treasure!
Saturday March 2: Pat o’Breins & Mardi Gras Floats
I started off the day by throwing on some comfy retro inspired Mardi Gras gear and spray painting the guys hair pink and blue! We brought one of our closest friends, Simon, who we met in Dallas though he is originally from Indianapolis. This was his first time being in New Orleans and his first time at Mardi Gras, so we had to show him around! Our first stop was Pat O’Brien’s where we each got a hurricane for breakfast. I highly recommend Pat O’s hurricane, though it is a very sweet drink. Its flavor and sweetness masks how strong the drink is so be careful because there are 4 shots of light and dark rum. One thing about Louisiana is that you can bar hop or stroll down the streets with your cup of alcohol. I realized when I moved that this was actually illegal in Texas. Pat O’s literally boxes up your glass and puts your drink in a plastic cup if you haven’t finished it. Cheers to souvenirs! We then walked to Canal Street to catch the incoming Iris parade. I did not realize that if you aren’t from Louisiana than you might not know what to do at one of these parades! Simon did not know they threw beads off the floats OMG! I laughed so hard when I realized that because he got knocked in the head three times by one float. He realized the floats rain down beads, stuffed animals, and you name it! One thing I just thought everyone knew! Another thing is that you probably shouldn’t follow the same float down the street. You have to stay in one place. Poor Simon followed a float down the street trying to get this one shirt ha! We then went to Tuck’s parade, which was one of my absolute favorites this year as its theme was “Tucks Gets Sick” so everything was medical related. They had some of the best and some of the most outrageous captions! I also got hit in the head with a Mardi Gras beaded plunger oh lord! Finally, we met up with more friends and went to Monkey Board, which is a rooftop bar. It was my first time going! Loved the New Orleans skyline with the dome in the back! We ended the night at the Endymion parade.
March 3: Sunday Funday
On Sunday we got brunch around the French Quarter and strolled around. We caught the Thoth and Mid-City Parade. I think a great investment for the guys were the drinking tie koozies that held their drinks, while they caught beads. After the parades, it started to rain, so we started looking for a place to eat. We literally stopped at a place called Auction House Market because the food smelled so good. It was a food hall. I like food halls because everyone gets a chance to eat what they like, since not everyone loves cajun food. It’s perfect for a first date too! Everyone I was with ordered from a place called Elysian Food. It had some of the BEST food we had all weekend. My boyfriend Sam and Simon ordered the chargrilled oysters and Sam swears they were the best he ever had. I ordered a crawfish/sausage poboy and it was to DIE for yummy. Sam got a crab cake that was also tasty. Finally, we ended our trip on Bourbon. Do I need not to say more?