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Mardi Gras Weekend Itinerary

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Looking for further advice on the weekend that is fairly firmed up. Tell me what you think?

Arrival in N.O. Friday afternoon. Dinner at Jacques Imo's then over to Maple Leaf for a while before heading over to the Quarter.

Saturday- Cafe du Monde in the a.m. (probably before bed not after). Lunch at Progressive. Dinner at Mr. B's (8:30 rezzie). Then some Funky Butt

Sunday- No lunch set yet. Parades all day if we can get to see them. Dinner at Palace Cafe (8:30 rez). Hoping for a grandstand seat of theirs for Bacchus (what are the chances?)-Cat's Meow tonight or Krazy Korner (both?)

Monday- Acme, Mother's or Uglesich's for Lunch (will be a coin toss I'm sure). Clancy's for dinner (another 8:30 rezzie scored). Is there a major Lundi Gras celebration somewhere? Can't find any details.

Tuesday- Another toss up for lunch. Probably one of the places we didn't make on Monday. Irene's for dinner.

Any other thoughts? Seems we mostly need lunch spots...

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  1. In response to your request, there is an all-day Lundi Gras celebration down at the riverfront (at the foot of Canal St.). It culminates with the arrival of Rex in the evening. Free to the public, and includes music. Zulu also has a similar celebration somewhere uptown.

    Starting around 7 pm on Lundi Gras, you can go to the Orpheus Ball (formal) for about $125 a head, and party with some great bands until about 4 am. At around midnight, the ballroom doors open and the parade comes right into the ballroom. Bring garbage bags to take home all the throws you will catch just on that night.

    Your schedule is similar to ours. We're doing Mr. B's on Saturday night. Monday lunch is Bayona, however, because Bayona and Uglesich's are both closed for lunch on weekends. So, we may have to skip Uglesich's in favor of Bayona this trip.

    Don't forget to plan some time on Mardi Gras day just to people watch. Also, during your weekend, you should check out the Mask Market (starting down around Cafe du Monde and continuing on Decatur away from Canal St.) just to see what a $900 mask actually looks like.

    1. Just wanted to add: The festival at the foot of Canal St. is actually put on by Zulu. It's in Woldenberg Park, and culminates with the arrival of Zulu. Rex arrives just down the way on the riverfront somewhere.

      1. You've listed a bunch of places that don't take reservations. Be prepared for a mob scene and long waits. Uglesich might or might not be open on Monday, since it's a near-holiday. I would suggest getting to Jacques-Imo's around the time they open (6:00, or maybe 5:30) because otherwise you will have a very very long wait. Also it might be physically difficult getting there, circumnavigating the parades, depending on where you're staying. Mother's and Acme will be mobbed as well. Good luck.

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        1. re: Sarah C

          We're on the edge of the FQ, at Decatur and Iberville.

          1. re: Hoc

            Normally you would take the streetcar down St. Charles to get to Jacques-Imo's, but the streetcar doesn't run during the parades because they come down St. Charles. You can probably get a taxi to take you around the long way, but allow plenty of time. Unfortunately, Mardi Gras isn't the best time of year to enjoy the city's best food.

            1. re: Sarah C

              Thanks for the tip. Was planning on an early arrival to Jacques-Imo's because of the wait time but didn't realize the streetcar would be unavailable. Taxi it is!

          2. re: Sarah C

            Couldn't get anywhere near the Quarter to stay so am staying in Gentilly which is fine (only $95 bucks a night!). Question: Will travel to and from on the Franklin street bus. Does the bus route and/or timetable change during this weekend through Mardi Gras?

            Realize everwhere will be packed no matter what time it is, although we will be late eaters every night except for that Friday. Such is the challenge during this heavy party time. May have to just settle for the "sandwich in every glass"...

            1. re: Food Maven

              I'm not sure where the Franklin bus route ends, but I think you'll be okay because you'll be coming from the opposite side of the city from the parade routes. It will probably still take you right into the Quarter, or at least to the Marigny, which is right next door.

              I don't know the Gentilly area very well but ask at the place you're staying for nearby food recommendations. You will be well out of the main crowd areas.

              1. re: Sarah C

                Whitey's Seafood on Downman Rd. (right off I-10 and Chef Menteur Hwy.) is supposed to be a good and totally nontouristy joint. The neighborhood pretty much guarantees that it will be nontouristy, of course. :>)

              2. re: Food Maven

                I'm not sure where the Franklin bus route ends, but I think you'll be okay because you'll be coming from the opposite side of the city from the parade routes. It will probably still take you right into the Quarter, or at least to the Marigny, which is right next door.

                I don't know the Gentilly area very well but ask at the place you're staying for nearby food recommendations. You will be well out of the main crowd areas.