It's the day before Mardi Gras. You have done all of the google searches on the hottest parades, balls and beau coup parties and festivities. Whether you are a local or a visitor, here is a quick cheat sheet that can make you life more fun during Mardi Gras. We have less than a month before the 'Greatest Free Show on Earth'. Read up!
10) Wagon - If you have kids, make sure you have a wagon or a leash for the frisky toddler. Those child leash backpacks are borderline genius. If you are traveling with kids, make sure you store up on all of their essentials (i.e. pull ups). A ladder has also been useful for us during long parade days.
9) Cash or a Trap Card - Cash is important because some vendors only require the coins you can see. Also, consider a Trap Card if you like to spend money. People carry trap phones, what about a card you use during Mardi Gras for spending. It should definitely have a limit. I would suggest a pre-paid card, if you like to fish tail out the parking lots. This Trap Card should help you monitor your spending while on Bourbon Street.
8) Photographer - A friend or someone who can take photos of you when a float is passing by. Must have really quick reflexes to capture the moments. If you don't have this, pucker up for those selfies.
7) Aviators - Cute sunnies... always make the pictures more lively and vivid. I also like Tiaras and other fun headwear to add to the fun.
6) Water - Probably the most essential, yet understated item. It is the most important substance for life. Stay hydrated!
5) Taser - There will always be that over -enthusiastic parader that wants to step on your foot or take your spot that you earned all day. A taser or Mardi Gras arrow will be effective for this pesky guest.
4) Hand Sanitizer - Touching beads and doubloons can get repetitive and germy. Make sure you protect your health and carry a bottle.
3) Fanny Pak - I don't own the rights to a Fanny pak, but I an leaning towards them. The glitzy ones are really stylish. A cross body purse will be just as sufficient. Be sure to bring a sturdy handbag to carry beads in. Don't be afraid to look down on the ground. Many people don't take the time to look for those hidden gems (beads).
2) Cell phone charger - This is so essential. I can't tell you how many times my phone died during a parade (social suicide).
1) Flask - If you like to get "Mardi Gras Wasted", make sure you come prepared. Support the bars and restaurants but just have your stash for parades. Ask for a red go cup on your way out a restaurant/bar.
Last important note, make sure you know the parade route. Use the app on your phone or buy a local guide.
Styled by: Blink Nola, Hat by: Jackie Wesley, Photography by: Whitney Forstall, Makeup by: Tookie and Hair by: Angela Espradron at Angel Eye. Creative Director: Rhonda Wesley
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