If you're heading to the Big Easy for the Mardi Gras, here are a few things you might be tempted to do, but should consider otherwise. And remember: just because you see other people doing it doesn't make it legal!
Mardi Gras beads by the handfuls: What to do with them?
If Mardi Gras beads rain your way there are some things you can do with them once you get them home. Here are directions for how to make a floor lamp. You can also knit a scarf. How about a bead dog?
High Demand for Katrina "Disaster Tour"
Tours are generally a few hours long, and pass by the Superdome, convention center, and the Lower 9th Ward. But passengers have been surprised, claiming that damaged areas look better than they expected.
Carnival celebrations around the world
For the pre-Lent partying season our minds tend to automatically think of New Orleans and Rio, but the event is in fact celebrated around the world. Here are a few places to spice up a dreary winter before Lent kicks in.
Houma, Louisiana: Family style Mardi Gras
For those looking to bring the kids or get away from the debauchery in the French Quarter, consider heading one hour south of New Orleans to the town of Houma.
How to dress for Mardi Gras in New Orleans
New Orleans, I love ya, but you're a dirty city -- especially in the French Quarter during Mardi Gras. In fact, I've ruined a couple pairs of pants thanks to the "drunken sludge" on Bourbon street (right). After my first few trips to Mardi Gras, I got smart and went on a shopping spree at the thrift store before heading down, and now it's a tradition. Here's my yearly shopping list.
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