50 Things Every First Time Mardi Gras Goer Should Know (Part 2 of 5)

In the first installment of this series, you learned about fishing nets, dark alleys, and avoiding the shithole that is the McDonalds on Canal Street. Today’s installment includes things about football, signs, and the like.

40. It’s roll, not march

While I was writing this, I asked a friend why we say roll instead of march for parades in New Orleans.

“The reason why is because of floats,” they told me.

So whenever you hear me or anyone else say the parade’s rolling this way, it’s just our way for saying march.

39. Playing catch improves your hand eye coordination for catching beads.

The Wednesday before the first round of parades I plan to buy a football to play catch with before the parade rolls towards where I plan to stand at. More than likely I won’t be the only one that will be doing this.

If you find yourself without something to do, don’t hesitate to ask to play catch with a bunch of folks in the middle of Saint Charles or Canal. It actually helps your hand eye coordination when you catch beads.

38. If you’re going to use an Airbnb, make sure the owner is on premises

I have to agree with Tim Ruppert when it comes to this tip. When I came here for first week of parades in 2015 I stayed at the Garden District House that had an on site attendant. If you’re using an Airbnb always make sure that the owner is one that is on premise. That way if some shit happens, the owner can solve it on the spot.

37. The Krewe of Carrollton is the only parade worth seeing on the first weekend of parades

Founded in 1924, the Krewe of Carrollton, named for the Carrollton neighborhood that it was founded in, rolls on the first Sunday of parades and is the only parade worth seeing the first weekend. Unfortunately, a tragic accident during their 1970 parade made safety harnesses mandatory for all parades.

36. If you’re traveling in a group, it’s very important to have a local in your group.

By local, we’re talking about people that live here year-round, not people like Solange, who may or may not jinxed the Saints on this past Sunday. Having a local in your group for Mardi Gras makes your experience more enjoyable.

35. Don’t park your car in a no parking zone.

New Orleans doesn’t play when it comes to parking tickets, especially if you park in a no parking zone. So if you’re going to drive down here park smart.

34. Call Craig Mordock if you get arrested during Mardi Gras

One of my good friends in the city and arguably one of the best criminal defense attorneys in New Orleans, Craig Mordock is the guy that you call when you get in some shit during your Mardi Gras partying.

Here’s his blog on the various myths about being arrested at Mardi Gras.

33. You can go to jail for jumping on a parade float

I’ve never seen this happen but according to Mordock, this has happened during Mardi Gras.

From his blog:

Yes, people do this. Yes, they go to jail. Yes, they are convicted. Yes, they get relatively long sentences. While not jumping on a float may seem obvious to anyone who is sober, you would be amazed at what a good idea this seems like when you are inebriated. Just stay on either the neutral ground or sidewalk side and catch your throws.

32. If you’re looking for a bargain as far as lodging is concerned, the Marquette House is a sure bet


When I used to come visit, the Marquette House on Carondelet Street was where I would stay because of the value and closeness to the Saint Charles streetcar line. Eventually, the place would also be the place I would stay at for six months when I moved here in 2015. As of this writing there’s still availability for the first weekend of parades, with private rooms going for $100 and dorm rooms going for $23.75.

31. If you’re going to a parade don’t tell chaperones to smile.


The chaperones are at the parade to make sure things are going smoothly for their group, not for your entertainment.

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