1. Park your car and walk everywhere if you can. Traffic is bananas and many roads are blocked or only allow access to certain vehicles.
2.Wear comfortable shoes that you don't mind getting trampled on.
3. You don't HAVE to flash for beads, but I can't tell you what to do when your mama isn't looking. People will gladly hand them to you if you ask.
4. Speaking of beads, watch out for them. People throw them, sometimes entire bags, like footballs and we were literally ducking to keep from getting hit in the head. We still got hit once or twice.
4. Watch you purse! Carry a crossbody that you can keep an eye on or walk without one.
5. Not every part of town will put up with Bourbon Street behavior. Not all restaurants welcome the constant in and out and just popping in for bathrooms breaks.
5. Eat the local cuisine, but keep in mind that if you like the richness of the food, your stomach may not.
6. Watch the parades. No lie, it seemed like a new parade was in full swing every two hours that Saturday before Fat Tuesday.
7. Make time to take in the sites. There's markets, the river, and just look up at all the beautiful architecture.
8. Dress the Part: It is encouraged if you choose not to wear a costume were green, yellow, and or purple.
9. Stick Together: At one point we had to form a link line to navigate through the crowds at Bourbon Street. Use the buddy system and keep an eye on your people.
10. Have Fun! There is plenty to do and see, just be safe while doing so.