I’m not from New Orleans. I’m actually from a city two hours west, Lafayette. But anytime I say I grew up in Louisiana, people always have the same response: “Aw, I’ve been dying to go to New Orleans Mardi Gras.”
And I want them to go, too! But the wild and crazy party that they’re likely envisioning isn’t what New Orleans is to me. While Mardi Gras is admittedly fantastic (I’ve gone every year since I was 18), I think there are better ways to really experience the Crescent City.
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