There is a single and extremely important criterion for entry into this salacious party: full costume. Seriously, if one of the krewe’s lieutenants decides that your getup isn’t up to snuff, you’re literally sent to “costume jail,” where of course you’re publicly shamed, if not wholly humiliated. It’s called the “Mystic Order of Mysfits,” and it’s just as fun as it sounds.
Get *all* the free bar food
Depending on the place and time, you can find everything from free jambalaya to red beans and rice, crawfish, and even BLTs in certain NOLA bars, usually provided that you buy a drink. Save the moolah for your 401k, which you should probably start thinking about. Or, you know, more drinks.
Start your costume box
Buy one wig. Maybe a colorful feather boa and a tutu. Boom: you just started your costume collection, which you’ll find to be indispensable if you’re going to live in New Orleans. And when that box gets a little too full, you can trade with friends!