So, I marked something off my bucket list that I didn't even know was on my bucket list. Celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans. As one of my friends reminded me on the trip, people actually do put this on their bucket lists! And we were actually doing it! Back in 2011, I lived in New Orleans for the summer working through the North American Mission Board. I had only been to the city once before, but that summer I fell in love with the city, the culture, and the people of New Orleans. It's a city filled with amazing food, a rich history, and great music. It's also known for its other side, you know, the one that comes out at night. So, we weren't too sure what to expect from a weekend in New Orleans on Mardi Gras weekend. We've all heard the wild and crazy stories about what people do for beads, the attire or lack thereof, and the craziness that can ensue. My Mardi Gras story is much different (although I'm sure we could have found that side if we really wanted to). We only went to parades during the day, avoided Bourbon street at night, and didn't do anything crazy to get all those beads down there. There were a couple of risque floats that young children shouldn't have seen, but I can truthfully say I saw no naked people the entire weekend there. And I call that a successful New Orleans trip. I did however get to revisit a city I love! Visit all my favorite spots, walk through Uptown, and eat the best bacon cheeseburger, cheese fries, and chocolate freeze. It's the meal I can't leave the city without eating first. Oh, and don't forget the beignets. There were most definitely beignets and a cafe au lait. Now, please enjoy some photos from my Mardi Gras trip to New Orleans. They aren't the best, but enjoy.
Have you ever experienced Mardi Gras in New Orleans? Have you ever been to New Orleans?
What is something on your "bucket list" you never really thought of, but would love to do?
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