How to Have a Good Mardi Gras

Chance Simpson, Staff Writer

  • Buy king cake before the shop runs out
    • King Cake is in high demand during Mardi Gras season, and for good reason. These delicious cakes are filled with everything you can think of. Millions of cakes are made during the season, but many places run out of the good ones very quickly. So get them while you can because you will either end up with a terrible king cake or no cake at all, and a Mardi Gras party without a king cake is just sad.
  • Eat and enjoy food
    • While King Cake is delicious, it is a dessert. Louisiana is known for its Cajun cooking, and there’s no better time to eat it than Mardi Gras. Crawfish, gumbo, jambalaya, and many other foods can be found around parades and parties all around the block. So dig in while you can!
  • Go to parades
    • This one’s kind of obvious, but you can’t forget to go to some of the parades. There’s always good food, plenty of beads, and an overall fun time. From a small town parade to Rex, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Small town parades are family friendly, low crowds, and plenty of wholesome people. Big time New Orleans parades are a unique experience with huge crowds and otherworldly floats, but sometimes it can get a little out of hand.
  • Don’t let rain ruin your parade
    • Whether we like it or not, there’s always a chance it could rain on parade day. Louisiana weather is unpredictable, and rain can strike at any time. To combat this, throw a raincoat or an extra umbrella in your trunk. This can be the difference in a fun, memorable Mardi Gras, and a wet nightmare.
  • Don’t leech off of others
    • Parties are an essential part of Mardi Gras. It’s a time to converse with friends, eat great food, and fully experience the rich culture of Louisiana, but nobody likes the guy who shows up to the party, steals all the food, and then heads on to the next. Just don’t be that guy. You can always pick up some chip dip or cold drinks on the way.
  • Prepare plans in advance
    • There are many parades any day of carnival season, and each one has a time where it starts and ends. It’s important to make plans in advance because you’re not going to be able to do everything. Making plans enables you to prioritize the things you really want to do.
  • Have fun
    • It’s easy to get stressed out around Mardi Gras. There are so many parades, parties, and balls that it can often get confusing. Don’t let yourself get stressed out about all of these events and just have a good time. Mardi Gras is a time to let yourself go. After all, it’s just one big party.

      Andrew Parks