Well, now we've made it through a full Mardi Gras. Our apartment is pretty close to the parade route, so we got to experience Carnival in a very unique way. Parade-wise, Patrick and I saw so many parades that it's hard to even think about how we managed to make it to work Wednesday, Thusday and Friday, but we did. If I were going to rank them, Bacchus would be right at the top, followed by Orpheus and Muses. Now, the reason Bacchus soars to the top is simple, we know people in the krewe. We "tailgated" with them for Bacchus Sunday, had an absolute blast, and were showered with goodies. Orpheus had the prettiest floats and Muses is just unique.
There were some definite positives and negatives associated with all of it,
but Patrick and I learned a lot.
We don't really care for Zulu, so we'll keep skipping that one.
Rex was nice but not terribly exciting, we went more for the ability to say, "we've gone to Rex."
Even if our friends are in town, no FQ! We got stuck on Canal and I just wanted to go back uptown.
Find your potty. It seems simple, but find someone you know with a port o'john or know where you can go.
Be prepared to carry all your loot home. You've caught tons of beads, cups, etc, now you have to bring it home. We carried a tote bag or backpack for easy access. We also had snacks and drinks in there.
Prepare to people watch, especially on Mardi Gras Day. There will be tons of hilarious costumes.
That's our Mardi Gras 2012 in a nutshell. Can't wait for next year!