Anyone ever been to Mardi Gras?
Last year I missed it for the first time in 10 years and it looks like I am going to miss it this year as well.
Anyway, if you haven't been, and you are still somewhat young and like to party, this is a must stop in your lifetime. The cops are more numerous now but it is necessary with the rise in crime rates and they are generally pretty laid back unless you start a brawl. 1 million people, 1 million parties. You will find yourself standing side by side Drew Carey or Snoop Dogg and hundreds of thousands of half dressed people,d runk and for the most part, having a great time.
Mardi Gras, for those not entirely familiar with it, is Fat Tuesday. Some kind of French/Creole deal. Anyway, there are parades for like two straight weekends and at the parades beads are thrown fromt he floats to the crowd. Prized beads include rare, large, or black beads. The black beads hold a special significance. Tradition has it that when someone gives you black beads you are obligated to have sex with that person (whereas other beads require to "Show your boobies"). This is rarely done anymore, but the tradition of the beads is part of the fun of Mardi Gras.
After the parades are over, the party in the Quarter begins. Beer mugs as tall as a man, breasts flaunting, the sweet smell of vomit and body odor mixed in with your failing senses of what thehell is going on. If you dont like a big crowd it wont be for you but if you are into that sort of thing, this is a great time for all. Be careful of alleys and off the main road sites as muggers lurk in every corner but if you are smart, use some common sense you can have a safe, enjoyable time in the U.S.'s biggest party.
For those that have been, share some stories with us.