What kind of Mardi Gras outfit should I wear?
Dress for an event that’s half masquerade ball, half endurance race. You’ll be walking, standing, catching beads, drinking, and dancing outside for hours on end, so comfortable footwear, sunscreen, and water are a must. Note that drinking on the streets is legal in New Orleans, meaning you might want to bring a flask, too. A small backpack can come in handy, and if you plan in advance, you can incorporate it into your costume.
A costume, by the way, is a must. Almost everyone dresses up in costumes on Mardi Gras day, and you’ll stand out like a sore thumb in jeans and polar fleece. Even if it’s just a mask and a T-shirt shop boa, make some effort to dress up -- that’s half the fun. In the event of cold weather, a wig, layered tights, and colorful coat are your best strategies when it comes to looking festive but feeling cozy.