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Seven things to pack on Mardi Gras day

Make the most of your Mardi Gras with these essential items

Here’s are seven must-brings to pack on Mardi Gras day
Photos by Eric Craig, Curbed NOLA

Today officially marks Mardi Gras day. After a week of non-stop parades, the carnival season will reach its most anticipated conclusion.

While Mardi Gras is a lot of fun, it can be a nightmare if you don’t come prepared. Whether you’re going to watch the early morning Krewe of Zulu parade, or if you plan to explore Frenchman Street, here is a shot list of items to make the most of your Mardi Gras adventures.


Today is cold, bright and brisk, with a high of 51 degrees and a low of 36 degrees. So don’t forget to layer—costume elements like tights, wigs, hats, and gloves all double as warmth-producing elements.

Seven things to bring

1.) A Bag

Whether you’re carrying the rest of your essentials, or need a place to store your prized throws, a minimalistic messenger bag, or a full-size camping bag is recommended.

2.) Toiletries

Odds are, you might have to go to the bathroom on Mardi Gras day. Public urination is illegal, and should be avoided at all cost. Luckily, the City of New Orleans has created a map of portable toilets that are conveniently located next to parade routes. Though, we still suggest you bring your own toilet paper and other restroom essentials, just in case.

3.) Cell phone charger and a portable power bank

Many memories are made on Mardi Gras day, and it’s a great opportunity to post them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or any other social media platform. Unfortunately, many of these actions can put a toll on your mobile phone’s battery, even if it is fully charged. If you’re out on a parade, we suggest picking up a portable power bank. If you’ll be inside, a spare wall charger isn’t a bad idea either.

4.) Cold hard cash

While most places in the French Quarter take a form of card payment, having cash is never a bad backup plan for those just in case moments. Whether if you use it to buy a bathroom pass at a local school near a parade route, or for an unexpected pedicab ride back to the hotel, having physical tender is never a bad idea during parades.

5.) Snacks and drinks

With the parade weather being exceptionally warm, packing water and other drinks to keep you hydrated is recommended. And we all know parade watching can work up quite an appetite, too. So feel free to bring that special slice of king cake you’ve been saving for Mardi Gras.

6.) Hand sanitizer and wipes

Along with toiletries, this is an essential. Just incase you touch something you didn’t want to, or if the line to wash hands at the portable restrooms is just unbearably long, wipes and hand sanitizer will definitely come in handy.

7. Curbed NOLA Bingo card

Happy Mardi Gras from Curbed New Orleans!