Where to Go: The Party Scenes
Although parade floats no longer roll down the historic, narrow streets of the French Quarter, this area turns into a nonstop party during the week leading up to Fat Tuesday. Report to the French Quarter on Mardi Gras day to view the most elaborate costumes imaginable. If you’re lucky, score a spot on one of the neighborhood’s many balconies, where you can watch the crowds of revelers dancing, cheering and celebrating the holiday. This no-holds-barred bacchanalia is the wild party you’ve heard about—but visitors with children may want to check out St. Charles Avenue for a more family-friendly celebration.