Some find this narrow, neon-lit French Quarter street appealing, others appalling. But it’s worth a stroll either way. It’s as if all the sins of mankind and then some were rounded up and corralled here—tawdry strip shows, cheap and potent drinks, the coveting of neighbors’ wives, petty larceny, big-ass beers, bad cover bands, and so on. (Bad cover bands were not technically mentioned in the Old Testament, but to many they’re the street’s most shameful sin.) The heart of the party zone stretches eight blocks from Iberville Street to St. Philip Street, with the thickest concentration of bars on the Iberville end. New Orleans allows alcoholic drinks outside, as long as they’re in plastic cups, or “go-cups"—meaning you can roam the length of Bourbon Street with your beer or hurricane in hand.

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Wandering Bourbon Street

A stroll down Bourbon Street is a quintessential New Orleans experience. While you probably won’t find many locals wandering the area for nightlife, you can’t visit New Orleans without at least taking a stroll down the iconic street. The later it gets, the more debauchery you can expect (beads don’t just get thrown during Mardi Gras). You’ll see everything from lady boys spanking tourists to toddlers break dancing to the Green Man dancing in the streets.

Mardi Gras

EVERYONE should experience New Orleans during Mardi Gras. Two friends and I went for a friends 21st birthday. Stay careful but enjoy the city. Mardi Gras doesn’t need to be a big bad event. We had so much fun! And left with nothing but great memories... And a speeding ticket.

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is best celebrated by the city of New Orleans. The place is alive for a full week before fat Tuesday: people getting their fill of immoral behavior before cleaning up for Lent. Despite the hype, there’s nothing to be afraid of as long as you keep your whits up. This is an amazing experience that people from all over the country flock to. Indulge in the food, live music and creole culture of this colorful city!

Live A Little At Mardis Gras!

New Orleans comes alive every Mardis Gras for 2 weeks of debauchery, lewdness, and fun. It’s a once in a lifetime event- don’t miss it!

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