Down South in New Orleans: A Family Mardi Gras

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Leaving a blizzard on the East Coast to drive down to New Orleans for Mardi Gras in 2007 was easily one of our best family vacations. My boys were only 9 and 10, but we had been assured we could make it a family-friendly trip. We didn’t quite manage that, with flashes of private parts, bras hanging from fishing poles, and a woman standing topless in broad daylight chatting with some friendly cops as we headed back to our hotel with our Frosties. Still, we adopted the mantra, “What happens at Mardi Gras stays at Mardi Gras,” and the boys didn’t give us any complaints.

When we left the blizzard, we entered a different world. I got groped within minutes of arriving and nearly fought a man on the street, but from then on things looked up. The parades, the screaming for swag, the food, the music, the second lines, the beads, the beads, the beads, they all blurred into a thrilling celebration of the city as it continued to recover from Hurricane Katrina.

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We headed home four days later, the streets quiet and filled with litter, but getting quickly cleaned up by an army of workers and volunteers. I would love to go back to New Orleans someday and experience the beautiful, friendly city again, away from the chaos of Mardi Gras.

Let the good times roll.

Mardi Gras New Orleans 2007

Mardi Gras New Orleans 2007

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Mardi Gras strip

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About Marcy

I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), and writing my memoirs. My book: Timid No More.
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