It’s Mardi Gras mayhem from here on out, ladies and gents. All we have on the horizon are parades, parades and parades! I would tell you that it’s a marathon and not a sprint, but you and I both know that’s not true anymore. It’s gonna be merry madness until we all pass out on our Popeyes chicken-stained couch, buried under a pile of beads that you’ll end up untangling for an hour and stuffing your face with that last piece of king cake that has the baby in it. Then, and only then, can we calm down. Here’s how you can celebrate, survive and thrive this year.
Survival kit – What to bring with you on Mardi Gras
Before you begin chugging, bouncing and stumbling in the streets, party preparation is paramount. We all remember to lock down the liquor, but a cellphone battery backup? It’s a biggie. You’ll even want TP for a number of reasons. Here’s what you need to pack and haul around with you to make sure you have the Mardiest of Gras.
WHAT’S IN THE BOX??? – Getting around “The Box”
Getting around parades is tough if you live in (suspenseful music) “The Box.” It’s that chunk of neighborhoods blocked in when parades start rolling. Uber and Lyft will have struggles getting to you in The Box. But we have some ways to traverse the city without getting stuck like a Carnival n00b.
Don’t go there! Here’s where you can go pee during Carnival
Look. When the tinkle fairy smacks you in the face, you gotta go. But you don’t want to get busted for using a bush/tree/alley and then have to sit and Tulane and Broad and explain to a judge why you thought it was a good idea. Here’s where you can go legally let go and dismiss those shots and cocktails without having to look over your shoulder and hope for the best.
YOUR WEEKEND PARADES TO NOT MISS
Krewe of Hermes – 5:30 p.m.
Krewe d’Etat – 6:30 p.m. – Get the blinky things!
Krewe of Morpheus – 7 p.m.
Krewe of Iris – 11 a.m.
Krewe of Tucks – Noon
Krewe of Endymion – 4:15 p.m.
Krewe of Okeanos – 11 a.m.
Krewe of Mid-City – 11:45 a.m.
Krewe of Thoth – Noon
Krewe of Bacchus – 5:15 p.m.