Enjoy Mardi Gras like a Native
If you're going to hang out with native New Orleanians who grew up with Mardi Gras, there are a few things you must know. Here are the top ten.
How to spell "krewe."
Carnival is a season, Mardi Gras is a day.
The Mardi Gras colors are purple, green and gold, and the official Mardi Gras song is "If Ever I Cease To Love."
The Captain of the Krewe is more important than the King.
If you miss a doubloon thrown from a float, never reach down to pick it up. Always put your foot on it. If you go with your hand, you're either too late or you'll get your fingers stepped on.
If you bite into a plastic baby in a King Cake, that's a good thing
Any beads shorter than two feet long are unacceptable unless they are made of glass.
The national press has no clue about Mardi Gras.
The vast majority of people in the French Quarter during Carnival are people from out of town.
Finally, the Number 1 thing you must know about Mardi Gras is
You can always judge how bad hurricane season has been by riding down St. Charles Avenue in late fall to see how many Mardi Gras beads are still hanging in the trees.