Hi loves! Sharing my quick trip down to New Orleans, Louisiana on the blog today! It was an impromptu trip to visit my best friend and to celebrate Fat Tuesday in the heart of the French Quarter. You all know how much I love to travel and experience new things, so having the chance to experience this fun holiday was a blast and will hold a special place in my heart!
// Stef & I headed to NOLA //
Before heading down to the Crescent City, I made a stop in Baton Rouge to spend some time with my best friend! Stefanie and I have known each other since grade school and have been best friends for over ten years. She is probably the only person who knows just about everything about me! Stef is the type of friend who will do literally any and everything she can to help you. Thanks for all you do Stef!
Stef was kind enough to be my photographer for the trip! Before we left Baton Rouge, we passed this mural and I had to snap a picture with it. The guy on the left is "Pistol Pete" Maravich and on the right is the world famous Louis Armstrong! Maravich ended up being a well-know basketball player and helped put LSU basketball on the map. And of course we all know about the crazy-talented Louis Armstrong! You've probably heard some of his music throughout your life without even realizing it!
The Mardi Gras festivities were in full swing when we got to the French Quarter around 11:00 that morning. With this being my first trip to the city during the Mardi Gras season I was definitely surprised by how serious every was about it! We saw thousands of people throughout the day dressed in these intricate and immaculate costumes!
I absolutely loved how there were tons of smaller parades walking through the streets of the French Quarter during the day. [I shot the video on my iPhone so sorry for the quality!] You can see that these people take their Fat Tuesday very seriously!
After weaving our way through the streets we found the Gumbo Shop on St. Peter street and stopped in for a bite to eat.
Naturally I opted for the Chicken Andouille Gumbo. Why even come to New Orleans and not eat gumbo? This bowl of gumbo warmed my soul, ya'll. I can't even tell you what all is in it, but just know that it's delicious!
After filling up on lunch, we followed the music and oddly enough found ourselves at a drag queen costume award ceremony! That was definitely a sight to see!
We wiggled our way through the jam packed streets and ended up in another pocket of mini parades and dance parties! The easiest way to navigate through the throngs of people and costumes is to dance! You all know I have no rhythm but for just one day, the good Lord blessed me with a little bit! With music blaring from practically every bar/club/restaurant I couldn't help but do a little dance.
Another fun part about walking through the French Quarter was all the people throwing beads at you! And contrary to popular belief, you DO NOT have to show your chest to get beads. Just wave your hands in the air, make eye contact with a bead thrower and be ready to catch them!
Early afternoon we made our way to Canal Street to catch the tail-end of the parade! The floats were extremely intricate and colorful! And if you can't catch any beads anywhere else, you can definitely catch them at the parade. I didn't know this prior to, but apparently it is Louisiana state law that parade float riders must wear masks! It was a bit odd, but hey what should I expect from Louisiana?
After a quick cat nap in the car, we headed back out for a Fat Tuesday night cap!
Opted for a daiquiri instead of chicken when I ran into Willie's Chicken Shack. These are all over Bourbon Street along with tons of daiquiri shops so you have plenty of options to choose from.
Bourbon Street easily quadrupled in size from earlier that afternoon! There are people EVERYWHERE. But rightfully so-- the street is lined with bars, clubs, and quick eateries. It's the place to be once the sun goes down in the French Quarter!
I'd been telling Stef how I really wanted us to find a place where we could dance and luckily enough we ran into the nearest open door playing good music. Fat Catz had a great crowd and the DJ and MC definitely kept us all in a good mood. They even let people on the stage to dance around! It has two bars inside if you're in need of a drink. Even though we didn't go specifically looking for this place, I'm glad we found it. The crowd is very diverse and everyone is there to dance and have a good time!
After dancing for as long as we could, we made one final stop before leaving-- Cafe Du Mode! It's over 100 years old and is a must when visiting New Orleans! The last time I came, I didn't know they only took cash, so I walked around in search of an ATM machine so I could go back and get some. This time around, I made sure I had cash specifically for beignets!
// Beignets and hot chocolate //
After this trip, New Orleans and Mardi Gras now hold a really special place in my heart. The people, the food, and the fun are unlike any other trip I've taken. Can't wait to go back!
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