Sign up today for the best stories straight to your inbox. The wild bash in the US city started as a Christian holiday of excess before the lean period of Lent — but has transformed to a huge party. The tradition of colourful beads of necklaces has brought colour to proceedings and sees women flash their breasts in exchange of the jewellery. Wild pics from past years show revellers flashing their breasts for beads on the infamous Bourbon Street in the French Quarter.
My Experience at Mardi Gras in New Orleans • The Blonde Abroad
Don't get me wrong, I have now problems with the female form. Nudity tends to happen when alcohol is involved and Bourbon is a street with many bars. You'll no doubt see a few boobs here and there but for the most part it's not "Girls Gone Wild. By the way, this kind of craziness is indeed typical of Mardi Gras on Bourbon. People assume all of MG is like that and it isn't! It's a family event in much of the city.
My night in naked New Orleans: the Mardi Gras party I'll never forget
Mardi Gras falls on a Tuesday Fat Tuesday , but the festivities begin the weekend leading up to it. Mardi Gras was both everything I had hoped for and nothing like what I expected. While many costumes and signs were humorous and outrageous, I never once felt anything other than love and positivity around me. One of the highlights from my experience was watching some of the parades. The Krewe of Bacchus parade lit up the streets of New Orleans with their incredible floats, marching bands and incredible light shows.