Originally Posted by merrykalia
Just keep in mind that Mardi Gras parades began on Jan 6 and will run until Fat Tuesday on March 5. We have never camped, but have been there several times for the parades and preliminary Mardi Gras festivities.
+1 on being aware of Mardi Gras festivities and the upcharges involved! From the Thursday before Fat Tuesday French Quarter is charging $250 a night... With a three-night minimum!!
I would venture that this late into it, they're probably booked up.
There's Bayou Signette State Park in Westwego. It's water/electric only w/a dump station and runs $30-ish a night. Some have mentioned Ponchartrain Landing but the same also applies: Availability. Mardi Gras is New Orleans' "big" party [except for a Super Bowl] and everybody
heads there for it. My [biased] suggestion would be to head to Mardi Gras in MOBILE! It's an older celebration, a bit more low-key AND, if you can still get in, there's boondocking parking available under the Interstate near downtown/parade routes.
Finally: Even though it's "The South" this isn't
Florida and it can still get cold as a mutha down here!! Check the weather and dress accordingly! Namaste.