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French Quarter parades

A January 2002 trip to New Orleans by trailbos

Quote: Carnival season lasts for nearly three weeks. Catch some "throws", stroll Bourbon Street, lunch on a muffulatta, and watch out for the Naked Cowboy. The French Quarter at Carnival is a place to be surprised and entertained.

French Quarter parades

Overview

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Our memorable moment came as we were leaving. Waiting in front of our hotel for the Airport Shuttle van, two police motorcyles started down the street towards us, followed by a marching jazz band and about a hundred people dressed for Carnival and tossing beads to the few bystanders. It was like having our own send-off parade, a fitting end to a fun visit. Right behind the parade was our "van", a long black stretch limo (the fee to the airport was each).Quick Tips: If you can avoid it, don't bring a car into the French Quarter. Driving there is slow and confusing, and parking is expensive, if available at all. Look for local dining options - you won't find any chain restaurants her...Read More

Place D Armes Hotel French Quarter

Hotel | "Place d'Armes"

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Location is the best thing about the Place d''Armes - it''s right on the northeast corner of Jackson Square. The staff is pleasant and helpful, and the inner courtyard with a pool is tranquil. Our room, one of the "cheap" rooms at $129 a night, had no windows. It''s not like we spent much time there anyway, but the lack of access to the outdoors disoriented us a bit. The room was clean, in a rustic sort of way (with one brick wall). The towels are as soft as sandpaper, and the bathroom a bit cramped. But did I mention the location? It''s right where you want to be.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 30, 2002

Place D Armes Hotel French Quarter
625 ST ANN STREET
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
504-524-4531

Days Inn Airport

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Hotel

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We had reservations for this hotel, but when we arrived, it looked so bad that we did not check in. For starters, it advertised weekly rates - think about it: why would an "airport hotel" offer rooms by the week? It was clearly a transient hotel. From the outside, room windows looked smeared and dirty. Many doors were open, and rooms inside looked messy at best. People were hanging out, some cooking on campstoves in their doorways. Out front, a girl was walking back and forth along the road, waving at occasional drivers (a prostitute, perhaps?). Most of the cars in the parking lot looked junky, and some were up on jacks or blocks. We booked this hotel from a website, and the ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 30, 2002

Days Inn Airport
1300 Veterans Blvd.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70062
(504) 469-2531

Poppy's Grill

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Restaurant

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This is a classic grill, right out of the 50's, with standard eggs and potatoes breakfasts, and hamburger lunches. It's inexpensive by New Orleans standards, the coffee is good, and it's a nice break from the street scene and all the cajun restaurants nearby. Poppy's is open 24 hours for all of us late night party people who get the munchies. Check out the collection of magazine covers from old "True Detective" and "Secret Confessions" posted on the walls.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 1, 2002

Poppy's Grill
717 Saint Peter Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
(504) 524-3287

Gumbo Shop

Restaurant

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The Gumbo Shop is a place where tourists get their cajun food, but it's probably not good enough to keep locals returning. The jambalaya is a bit dry and mild, but it tastes good if you don't know that other restaurants serve a spicier, more colorful version of the dish. The red beans and rice are excellent. We found the service to be especially helpful. And they make their own pecan pie.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 1, 2002

Gumbo Shop
630 St. Peter St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
+1 504 525 1486; +1

Progress Grocery

Restaurant

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Progress Grocery is a deli that serves great Muffulettas. Seating is available in the front of the store, or take it to go.

A muffuletta is an interesting food, and one is large enough to feed two hungry adults. It's made with a large bread-type thing, somewhere between a round loaf of bread and a pita. There's cheese, lunch meat and a thick layer of olive salad.

The Progress Grocery version of the muffuletta is lighter (but still not a diet food) than the original found two doors down. Try one of these - it's a requirement to make your visit to New Orleans complete.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 1, 2002

Progress Grocery
915 Decataur
New Orleans

Bourbon Street

Attraction

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Trashy, sexy, smelly, risque, sticky, crowded, loud, fun and a bit scary are words that describe Bourbon Street, perhaps the best known party address in the USA. And yes, women do flash their breasts, and sometimes a butt, for beads here. Guys sometimes expose themselves, but that's discouraged by police and by crowd jeering. Clubs are rocking until 5 or 6 a.m. Beer and drinks are sold on the street, and the pavement becomes sticky with spilled beer, along with the occasional urine or vomit. During Carnival, crowds can become so thick it's nearly impossible to move, especially when women are flashing and hundreds of guys move in trying to get a peek. The action is most intense towards the...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 30, 2002

Bourbon Street
Bourbon Street
New Orleans, Louisiana

Jackson Square/Place d'Armes

Attraction | "Jackson Square street theatre"

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Want to watch a juggling act? Maybe get your fortune told? Or your hair wrapped? A streetside healing massage? Listen to some live jazz or cajun music? Watch a break-dance/gymnastics team? Or see various themes of the "silver man"? Jackson Square is where it's happening. The square gets crowded with all the street performers, so they spill over into nearby alleys and onto Royal Street as well. Check it out!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 1, 2002

Jackson Square/Place d'Armes
French Quarter
New Orleans, Louisiana