If you couldn’t tell by yesterday’s CrossFit Roux recap, we survived Mardi Gras in New Orleans!
When we originally routed the tour, we were set to pass through Louisiana the week after Mardi Gras but that just didn’t seem okay. If we’re going to be in the area so close to Mardi Gras, it only felt right to be around during so we changed our schedule slightly to make it work.
What we learned was that Mardi Gras in New Orleans was the bucket list item we didn’t know was on our bucket list until we arrived. When we got in Saturday night, we found a place to park the RV and made our way to our first parade of the weekend.
We didn’t know what we were walking into but we found a place to watch, catch some beads and make some friends. There were a lot of people but the place we originally stopped wasn’t a super crazy area as there were lots of families around. When we walked to find some food for dinner, things got busier and more congested. It was a taste of what was to come for the weekend.
We got to the RV park on Sunday and were able to take the shuttle into the French Quarter. We had a list of things we wanted to see and try and decided Sunday was going to be the day for the big splurges. As we made our way to Cafe du Monde, we stopped into a few shops and got ourselves all dressed up with tutus and masks.
The line at Cafe du Monde was long but we joined the other tourists and waited our turn to try beignets. This isn’t the sort of thing either of us would usually eat but we knew it was one of those items we had to try while in New Orleans so we split an order. And yes, they were pretty tasty but definitely a treat.
From there our next stop was Pat O’briens for Hurricanes. We found a table in the piano room and had a great time watching the dueling pianos, making new friends and enjoying a couple fun drinks.
After leaving Pat O’briens we walked around the French Quarter a bit more catching beads from the balconies. Now, contrary to what many may think, you do NOT have to flash to get beads at Mardi Gras. The only area that really happens is on Bourbon Street and even still there’s a lot of people just excited to toss beads, so no, there was no flashing from the 50 States girls. 😉
After Sunday’s fun, we were exhausted and opted for a Monday spent in the RV catching up on laundry, cleaning, work and figuring out the parade routes for Tuesday.
Tuesday we were up bright and early, donned our tutus and set out for a very cold Mardi Gras. We found more parades, caught more beads and made mimosas to celebrate but by 4pm we were exhausted and caught the shuttle back to the RV.
Mardi Gras was a blast but also super exhausting! We love getting to say we took on Mardi Gras in New Orleans and can now check that item off our bucket list.