When we were in New Orleans we went to Mardi Gras most days. Mardi Gras is a festival celebrated from Christmas to Fat Tuesday and is called the Carnival Period. They do many parades at which they throw out everything from beads and stuffed animals to coconuts, shoes and purses. We went to many parades and the best ones were the ones where police enforced watchers to stay back from the parade route. Some parades we went to people got too close to the floats and almost got run over.
If you are my age (15), you almost get nothing. If you are my brother’s age (10) then you get a bunch of stuff thrown to you. He got 26 stuffed animals. We still got bags of beads though. It is very easy to get hurt when they throw things out at you. We saw many people get hit in the face with bags of beads.
My favorite part was the French Quarters where we went and got Beignets, which is a French pastry that is like mini fried dough. New Orleans is also where Jazz comes from and Louis Armstrong. In the French Quarters, the streets are narrow and the buildings are all two stories tall. That is where Bourbon Street is.
I give New Orleans 4 stars because I thought it was a unique city and had a lot to offer.