New Orleans in Feb or March, but not for Mardi Gras. Oui?
January 3, 2014 7:08 PM Subscribe
My friend and I would like to plan an (approximately 4-day) trip to New Orleans this February or March, but not be there for Mardi Gras itself. Are these good times to travel there?
posted by AlmondEyes to Travel & Transportation around New Orleans, LA (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Mardi Gras is on March 4 this year. I read online that the MG parades will begin on February 15th. We could potentially arrive on Feb 15 for a 4-7 day stay. Other options include 4 days including the weekends of March 8, 15, or 22. I'm in my 30's and my friend is in his 40's and we're coming from Boston. We like some action, but would like to avoid the crowds and high prices of Mardi Gras itself. Our timing is based more on our mutual availability, and is not intentionally designed to fall before or after Mardi Gras this way. Wondering what the city is like in the forerunning to and aftermath of MG. Could be cool to get a MG taster in mid-Feb if there really are festivities that early.
Also...I've never been to New Orleans but am inclined not to spend more than 4 days there (in the name of conserving vacation days, mostly, if it could be adequately covered in 4 days). Is 4 enough? I also welcome any recommendations for a second destination (Nashville?) that we could tack on for 3 more days to make it a 7-day trip in total.