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Old 02-08-2015, 01:54 PM   #1
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Safe Mardi Gras

With fairer weather, we can't wait any longer to pull the coach out and make a long run! it's new to us and we have only had it out overnight at a local park to test the household appliances and on a short run (200+ miles) for a weekend shake down cruise before winter weather forced us to put her to bed. since the weather promises 60's in the daytime next weekend, we are planning a trip to Louisianna for our first experience with a long haul in the coach and with Mardi Gra! We plan to stay in St Tammany Parrish and commute to some Mardi Gra activities. We are looking forward to the trip but a little worried about how wild and unsafe some of the festivities might be. We want to enjoy ourselves but want to experience a safe and fun Mardi Gra... (Is that possibles?) Since we have never been before, if anyone has advice on where to go and what to do/see, we would appreciate it! No grandkids this trip just me and the DH. Appreciate any suggestions...would much drather learn from your experiences than have to have a few of our own we could avoid! Lol
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Old 02-08-2015, 02:33 PM   #2
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If this is your first Mardi Gras... congratulations and enjoy. I would look to some of the smaller towns for a great experience.... Lafayette has a great Mardi Gras as do Eunice and all of the small towns in south Louisiana. As for a place to stay... look on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain... there are a couple of state parks worth a visit.... Fountainbleau being our favorite.... it used to be a plantation site and it is just gorgeous. Fountainbleau has easy access to New Orleans without all of the nonsense.


Now... all of that said.... I would highly suggest Shreveport as a Mardi Gras stop.... with the big parades coming on Saturday and Sunday (14-15 Feb).... much more "family" oriented, with a lot less trouble and aggravation..... (take a look at KTBS.com to see the parade here last night).... if you decide to come to Shreveport, let us know and we can give you advice on where to go and what to see.


Safe travels....
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With fairer weather, we can't wait any longer to pull the coach out and make a long run! it's new to us and we have only had it out overnight at a local park to test the household appliances and on a short run (200+ miles) for a weekend shake down cruise before winter weather forced us to put her to bed. since the weather promises 60's in the daytime next weekend, we are planning a trip to Louisianna for our first experience with a long haul in the coach and with Mardi Gra! We plan to stay in St Tammany Parrish and commute to some Mardi Gra activities. We are looking forward to the trip but a little worried about how wild and unsafe some of the festivities might be. We want to enjoy ourselves but want to experience a safe and fun Mardi Gra... (Is that possibles?) Since we have never been before, if anyone has advice on where to go and what to do/see, we would appreciate it! No grandkids this trip just me and the DH. Appreciate any suggestions...would much drather learn from your experiences than have to have a few of our own we could avoid! Lol

First thing you need to know ... Mardi Gras has a S on Gra! It's Mardi Gras .... You will be fine - even if you do make it to the heart of the city. Just view the parades above Canal Street. The Quarter is what get's crazy on Fat Tuesday. Don't plan on driving your RV downtown, however. Lots of construction going on the streets - new streetcar lines going in. Have fun, take it slow, don't drink too much and you will "pass a good time"!
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Never been to Mardi Gras but .. Well have a friend in the neighborhood (Who has room for me to park, though no hookups) so one day I may.

She lives on New Orleans high ground,, Yup, 5 feet ABOVE sea level.

Though from what I have read Mardi Gras is gettig nastier and hastier crime wise,,, (Too many party goers, not enough police), It is still a long way from what I'd call dangerous. Very few get hurt or injured with the exception of those who have had a bit too much "Liquid Celebration". They often wake up w/o money, But again, this is the way of nearly everywhere. (DO NOT GET DRUNK). the standard advice for "Events" and in fact traveling apply.

Look like a victim: You will become one.

Walk with a purpose, LIke you know where you are going, And have nothing to prove.. odds are the bad guys will ...... Shop elsewhere.

And this applies to many things... And all locations and events,, In fact just going to the supermarket in small town USA it applies.. This should be your standard practice.
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If this is your first Mardi Gras... congratulations and enjoy. I would look to some of the smaller towns for a great experience.... Lafayette has a great Mardi Gras as do Eunice and all of the small towns in south Louisiana. As for a place to stay... look on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain... there are a couple of state parks worth a visit.... Fountainbleau being our favorite.... it used to be a plantation site and it is just gorgeous. Fountainbleau has easy access to New Orleans without all of the nonsense.


Now... all of that said.... I would highly suggest Shreveport as a Mardi Gras stop.... with the big parades coming on Saturday and Sunday (14-15 Feb).... much more "family" oriented, with a lot less trouble and aggravation..... (take a look at KTBS.com to see the parade here last night).... if you decide to come to Shreveport, let us know and we can give you advice on where to go and what to see.


Safe travels....

We stayed at the casino there in Shreveport and caught the Mudbug festival there. The RV park was nice.
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We Love Nawlins and stay at the French Quarter RV Park. Awesome place within walking distance to the QT. Have never felt threatened there. SOm much to see and do and
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If you do end up in New Orleans be careful, stay alert & be careful where you park. You don't want your vehicle towed to an impound lot.
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