I’ve wanted to attend Mardi Gras for as long as I can remember but the way my fear is set up, I was too afraid based on the high crime rate of New Orleans. You gotta remember, I’m a country girl from a small town where crime is almost non-existent. However, over the past two years, we’ve been able to visit New Orleans a number of times for various events ranging from music concerts, Essence Festival, NBA All Star Game, plus more. These trips helped us learn the city and have a better feel for our surroundings. Therefore, we decided to give Mardi Gras a try this year. This trip was a two in one because we also celebrated my birthday while there.
Le Méridien New Orleans
Here’s an copy of my review that I shared about the hotel:
I booked a room at Le Méridien New Orleans for my birthday and my stay was amazing. Mardi Gras Carnival was going on and many of the parades went right by the hotel. Talk about prime real estate! The hotel is only minutes from the French Quarter, entertainment, food and shopping which makes the location even more awesome. The room was comfy and cozy, clean and neatly decorated. The style is eclectic which I liked. The bathroom has a shower only but it’s very spacious. The room has an upscale feel to it.
There we few cons to this hotel. The walls are very thin, thus you can overhear conversation of your neighbors and those passing in the hallway. We were not in the room long enough for that to be much of an issue but it’s worth noting should you have loud neighbors. Valet parking is a bit pricey, averaging about $45 nightly. Even still, I definitely would stay here again! The location is everything + more.
Mardi Gras 2016
Having parades pass right by the hotel was super amazing. When booking the hotel, I had no idea we would be in the heart of all that greatness. I could not have planned that better if I tried. For real, for real, we were able to stay in our hotel room until seconds before the parade started. Talk about convenient! There were a ton of parades, parties, public intoxication and arrests. I love people watching and there’s plenty of crazy people to watch in the French Quarter.
I played clarinet in my high school band, did color guard for a few years and have marched in too many parades to count. Seeing the kids march in the Mardi Gras parades took me back to my youth. I really had a blast.
Oh and as for the beads, according to the locals, it’s illegal to flash for beads unless on Bourbon Street. Violators will be arrested! Therefore, we did not see anyone flashing for beads. I was not disappointed about that. My bead catching was done in support of friends and family that wanted some Mardi Gras Bling!
I always spend a little money when in New Orleans at stores not in my local area. Lush Cosmetics got my money on this trip. I also purchased some trinkets here and there at the French Market, an open air flea market.
I love seafood but my husband hates seafood. I hate spicy foods but my husband loves it. Talk about opposites attract.
Because New Orleans is known for Cajun Seafood, we had a difficult time finding restaurants that we both liked on some of our earlier trips. But now, we got this food thing figured out. We research places in advance to make sure the restaurant has food we both can enjoy.
New Orleans has amazing food and something for everyone. The highlight from this trip was Mother’s Restaurant, a good southern eatery known for its famous ham. Although we didn’t get ham, we heard it’s really delicious. We have to be in the mood for ham and wasn’t on our visit. We ordered fried chicken instead and it was quite tasty. I forgot to snap a picture of my golden brown chicken so you’ll just have to take my word for it.
While in New Orleans, I captured some brief moments of Mardi Gras to share with friends and family. I didn’t plan to share it here on my blog but decided why not as I was clearing off my memory card. Therefore, I apologize in advance for not having a ton of footage but I hope you enjoy the little bit I do have!
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