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by winnie27 Online Now Jul 19, 2005 at 8:51 PM

I wanted to plan my daughters 17th birthday in New Orleans and bring seven of her friends. They love visiting New Orleans. Her birthday is Feb. 27 and they are out of school Feb. 20-24. I know this is around Mardi Gras and i was wondering what would be some good things for them to do.

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    RE: What to do

    by ATXtraveler Online Now Jul 19, 2005 at 9:45 PM

    I would not recommend taking a 17 year old with 6 of her friends into the middle of Mardi Gras, unless you also double as a professional wrestler... because that is what it would take to pull the men away from your daughters.

    Stick to another location until the girls are legal.

    Mark

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    by AndieS Online Now Jul 19, 2005 at 10:46 PM

    Hello-
    I would have to agree with Mark. Mardi Gras is not a wise place to take teenage girls at least at night. There are some cool parades during the day. I had a terrible time getting through the evening crowds, and I WAS with a college wrestler.
    Andie

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    by Robachu1 Online Now Jul 19, 2005 at 10:59 PM

    mardigrasday.com/mardigras/s...
    You can check the schedule at the site above for parades. If you are worried about drunks and crazies then you might restrict yourself to parades in the afternoon and in outlying areas such as Metairie. I wouldn't worry too much, Mardi Gras is not that bad with the exception of the French Quarter esp. Bourbon Street where the nuts and the nut watchers tend to gather in great numbers.

    The following website has some good advice for kids at Mardi Gras.
    nola.com/mardigras/about/ind...

    Don't forget the King Cake!

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    by ATXtraveler Online Now Jul 19, 2005 at 11:08 PM

    If you want a realistic view of what you will be in for... visit my New Orleans page. I went this past Mardi Gras for my bachelor party. If you believe you can put up with the people in the pictures (my best friends), then you can take your chances.

    I would definitely watch out for the one named Coli... he is a bad bad man.

    Mark

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  • RE: What to do

    by winnie27 Online Now Jul 19, 2005 at 11:42 PM

    We dont plant to go on bourbon street we want to go to the parades. They have been bourbon street during the day and at night. They have an idea of what goes on so i dont need to take them there.

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    by sahel578 Online Now Jul 21, 2005 at 1:26 PM

    I tend to agree with the above.. mardi gras is not the time to be escorting minor girls through New Orleans. The entire city devotes itself to the holiday in full force. The crowds and shut downs are not limited to the french quarter, but also to Metarie, the Garden Dist. ect. Nothing says fun like sitting still on the interstate 10 bridge between LaPlace and Kenner for 2 hours waiting for the streets to be reopened.

    Hotels will be very expensive and very scarce, some of the best rooms have been booked years in advance. There will be a general feeling of lawlessness..I dont think that you'd like your daughter or her friends getting groped by strangers.. which will be what happens, even if you are NOT in the quarter. Because of the insane and often aggressive crowds, its likely that your group will get separated. When I was in college at Baton Rouge, my girlfriends and I handcuffed ourselves together to keep from being separated.. and even then it was very painful to keep together.

    I hate to be so pessimistic..but Mardi Gras is a very dangerous time to be in New Orleans, even more so for young girls. I've seen people drop dead on the streets and EMS have no choice but to carry bodies over the heads of the crowd as if they were at a rock concert.

    At Mardi Gras, the only thing that goes on in New Orleans is Mardi Gras. Schools are closed, some businesses are shuttered and closed..

    New Orleans is a wonderful city to visit, but I would strongly advise against bringing young girls to visit at Mardi Gras.





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    by rlegeai Online Now Jul 21, 2005 at 3:09 PM

    While it would be a challenge to keep that group together on Bourbon Street at night (and especially on Mardi Gras day), you can see lots of great parades during that time, both during the day and in the evening, along Napoleon Avenue and St. Charles Avenue, so there's really no need to go out to Metairie. As long as you stay uptown/upriver of Louisiana Avenue, things will be reasonably tame. You can also hit Endymion on Saturday night (very thick crowds, of course) near City Park or along Canal Blvd. between Carrollton and Jeff. Davis where the parade rolls by early in the evening and the crowd is a little more family-oriented. During the day, you will have no problem walking through the French Quarter, and in particular I'd recommend doing it fairly early in the morning, perhaps tied in with breakfast or a trip to Cafe du Monde. For a group of 17 year old girls, you should not skip a trip through the Riverwalk shopping area from Canal St. upriver to the Convention Center. A few years ago I took a group of six or seven girls of the same age (my daughter's friends) for a quick walk-through of the French Quarter while Endymion was still rolling down Canal St. They all got strict instructions about what to do if they got separated from our group (naturally they all had cell phones). We didn't lose anyone, they had a blast, and they probably still talk about it. Beats the heck out of a birthday cake at Olive Garden!

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    by noladate Online Now Jul 22, 2005 at 2:48 AM

    with it being mardi gras time, there will be plenty of tourists, drunks, and traffic. As with any time of the year, the riverwalk is nice, the aquarium of americas, the audobon zoo, city park and in new orleans east we have a six flags theme park. I wouldn't recommend travelling at night............to many drunk drivers.

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  • RE: What to do

    by jhnola Online Now Jul 22, 2005 at 7:30 AM

    New Orleans is simply not a town for kids. and 7 teenage girls during Mardi-Gras. yikes. It is nuts, my wife has had her dress literally ripped off of her body just trying to cross bourbon. if you want to see parades try coming in the weekend before Mardi-Gras weekend. Fat Tuesday is Feb 28th this year. the parades run the 2 weekends before this date. the first weekend will be quite different.

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  • RE: What to do

    by winnie27 Online Now Jul 22, 2005 at 11:35 PM

    Thank you for yhe information. As I said we wont be anywhere near Bourbon St. day or night. You've really helped me.

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    by am&pm Online Now Jul 26, 2005 at 1:43 PM

    You're actually in luck in a way---Mardi Gras 2006 starts February 28. You'll be in NO before most of the major activities.

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  • RE: RE: What to do

    by princessdorrie Online Now Jul 27, 2005 at 11:22 AM

    I have been to nola about 8 times. We went once at pre-mardi gras. the pilot announced on the p.a.system on the flight down that the nolo police department had gone on strike. it was interesting but not bad. the problem we had was not the general partiers, but the merchant ships that were in town. we were 20 years old, and being chased everywhere by sailors. our last visit was in sept., 2004, and we will return x-mas, 2005. even if you are not catholic, first mass at St. Louie cathedral cannot be beat. that is the time when they open the gates at Jackson square, and after you can do cafe Du Monde. The nola museam of art is great. city park. I have taken both of my children, including my 17 year old daughter. She loves new orleans. take the street car all the way to the end of the line in the garden district. it's is the best few bucks you can spend. the town houses at bourbon orleans are great for a group, the omni has tiny rooms but is beautiful, and the provincial has large rooms for the most part, and the street car line is only 2 blocks away.
    it also has a great courtyard. Oak alley and the plantation tours are great, but ignore the swamp buggy things. they bore teenagers to tears. if you can pospone till april, the french quarter festival is the best time you can have. all the good restaurants have booths set up for cheap eats, and the music is free. we saw the nelvill's, and harry connick jr. for free. good luck

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