How To Get Around Town During Carnival Season
Have you ever been to New Orleans during Carnival Season or even on Mardi Gras day? If you have, you know how crazy the city gets. It’s an experience that’s hard to put into words. Here a couple of things you should consider before heading out to New Orleans during that time of year.
Carnival season or Mardi Gras time begins on Three Kings Day (Epiphany) and culminates on Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras Day (the day before Ash Wednesday). Many of the so-called coronation balls (that’s when the Queen and King of each Krewe are chosen) already start in December. Becoming a member of a Krewe (somewhat secret organization that puts on a parade) is not easy. Especially with the older Krewes like Rex or Bacchus you have to be either grandfathered in or you can go through an application process, but that’s not cheap. Being part of a Krewe means you are responsible for buying the throws such as beads and other carnival knickknacks.
There are over 70 parades put on by the different Krewes during carnival season. They all have different themes and roll on different parade routes throughout the city and Metairie and Slidell. The major parade routes go through Uptown New Orleans to Downtown and the French Quarter.
Oh The Mardi Gras Crowds
All the excitement and activities come with a price, so to speak. Millions of people visit the city during Mardi Gras. So if you wanna get a hotel, get it early. Restaurants will have shorter menus to be able to serve more people in a shorter amount of time. Parade Routes will get blocked off at least two hours before the parades start, which means there is basically no way to get around the city except on foot. And even that can prove to be difficult as you’ll be fighting crowds pretty much all the way. Especially for the bigger parades people set up days in advance. You’ll find modified ladders stacked on the side of the parade routes. And once the parades start get ready to get basted with beads and other throws.
You Can Beat The Crowds
Trying to experience Mardi Gras as a visitor can be a challenge. If you just got here you’ll be overwhelmed by the crowds and since the city’s major streets will be blocked you’ll have a hard time getting around. Hiring a company to help you navigate the festivities might be your best bet to get the full experience without the hassle.
“I always had a love for Mardi Gras …the lights, the sounds, the production the networking, ” says New Orleans native Matthew Tusch who can’t even remember his first parade, but guesses it must have been when he was three or four years old. In fact, he loved it so much that he build a whole business, Mardi Gras Made EZ and New Orleans VIP Experience, around the festivities designed to let you experience the real thing….like a local.
“My priority is to show the city of New Orleans at its best,” he added. Tusch wants to educate people about New Orleans and its culture. “Most people visiting New Orleans don’t have any idea what it takes to be in a Mardi Gras Krewe — that’s what separates us from the other services,” he says. Even trying to get on a balcony for a better parade view is pretty much impossible when the city is bursting with Mardi Gras visitors. Tusch has worked in the service and gaming industry around the city. “I enjoy letting people experience what they would never experience without me.” And Tusch wants his clients to feel comfortable. “We treat the people like family, we go above and beyond and pay attention to details, that goes a long way with clients and customers.”
Your Adventure Is Our #1 Priority
Mardi Gras Made EZ and New Orleans VIP Experience offer several packages starting at $1,500 giving you the full Mardi Gras experience. The customized offers can include transportation to and from events, with police escort if you need to cross parade routes, a spot on a float including a float themed costume, beads and other custom throws, a spot on a balcony, drinks and if you want to you can get into one the famous Mardi Gras Balls, or other parties including the spectacular Endymion extravaganza, Mardi Gras Made EZ and New Orleans VIP Experience will organize that for you as well. For more information visit: https://neworleansvipexperience.com/
Some of his exclusive customers who have enjoyed the service packages include self-made business men, lawyers or oil executives and their raving reviews speak for themselves:
“I have been fortunate enough to go anywhere in the world and do whatever I want, but I have never experienced anything like riding in a Mardi Gras parade,” said one car dealership owner. Other businessmen who used the services echoed that sentiment. A client from Philadelphia was amazed how close knit the New Orleans community is “We cannot tell you how much we felt like family,” he told Tusch. The service isn’t just for people from out of town. “This is a dream come true,” said one over 90-year-old New Orleans grand-mother who went on a float despite using an electric scooter to get around.