It’s here, it’s here, it’s finally here!! Friday is the start of Mardi Gras weekend, and we are packing up to head to New Orleans for the next few days.
I have been going to Nola for Mardi Gras since I was a little kid, and each year it is one of the events I look forward to the most. Now, even though I am a self-proclaimed horrible packer, Mardi Gras is a little easier to pack for because it’s so casual. Keep reading for tips on how to put together the perfect Mardi Gras parade outfit.
How to Choose the Perfect Mardi Gras Outfit:
You must be comfortable. I prefer a blousy option to hide all of the eating and drinking I do throughout the weekend. I don’t like to tuck my shirt in, because that just gets in the way of parading, dancing and, again, over eating and drinking. This Splendid shirt is a perfect option. Also, bring along a lightweight outerwear piece since you might be out from morning to night with changing temperatures. I always grab this lululemon reversible bomber jacket, and it is easily one of my favorite purchase of 2017 so far.
Jeans are my go-to parade pants. Everything goes with them and they are comfortable to wear all day long. Typically I wear jeans multiple times before I wash them, but I bring a pair for each day during Mardi Gras – and maybe an extra one on top of that. You just never know…
Wear closed toe shoes! You don’t know what you will be walking through, in or around during Mardi Gras, so save your feet. These camo shoes are a cute and comfy option, and I also like to wear Nike tennis shoes or my trusty Converse sneakers. Those poor shoes have seen their fair share of mess in the French Quarter.
MARDI GRAS ACCESSORIES:
I am lucky that my LSU accessories, like these purple sunglasses and yellow tassel earrings, also work for Mardi Gras since purple, green and gold are the official colors of the season. However, I don’t like to wear too many extra accessories when going to parades. They just get in the way, because you end up wearing the beads, bracelets and everything else you catch. It’s also an easy way to lose the stuff you bring with you. So, keep it simple. By the time you get home, you will be loaded down with brand-new jewelry anyway!
My favorite accessory to wear is my purple wig. If there is ever any type of costume or style you might want to try out, Mardi Gras is the time to do it! I’ve always wanted a bob, but only for a day, and I hate doing my hair, so a wig is one of my favorite ways to show my Mardi Gras spirit. A hands-free purse is a must. My festival bag from lululemon is my favorite purse to bring to Mardi Gras, because I can wear it as a crossbody and it is easy to clean. You have no clue what might spill on you throughout the day, so it’s not worth it to bring your favorite designer bag on the parade route.
OTHER: Here are some other quick tips and extra things to bring to maximize your parade experience!
Get a gel manicure before you go to the parades.
You don’t want to start the weekend off with chipped fingernails after the first float rolls by. This would drive me nuts all weekend long.
Be prepared for the elements.
Weather in Louisiana is unpredictable, and Mardi Gras falls right into that. Over the years I have worn shorts, heavy coats, rain gear and everything in between (sometimes even on the same weekend). Be prepared and pack a raincoat, rainboots and umbrella just in case. It’s also a bonus if you have a small umbrella that can fit in your purse.
Bring a phone charger.
I cannot stress this enough. It is possible you will be out of the house for an entire day + night, and you know your phone is not going to last that long. Portable chargers are the best, but I have been known to post up on a barstool while the bartender charges my phone behind the bar in emergency situations. Everyone has been there.
Pack to-go cups and koozies.
Yes, to-go cups are a thing and we bring them everywhere. Most walks in New Orleans are judged by a drink. “It’s about a beer away.” These ‘Pour Me Something Mister’ govino glasses are perfect for the parade route. You can find them at The Keeping Room in Baton Rouge. I also always have a koozie in my purse, because why wouldn’t you? How cute are these custom ones that Shea made for my birthday?!
If you can’t tell, I love me some Mardi Gras, and I love preparing for Mardi Gras! You can also find another great Mardi Gras parade outfit here that I did with local t-shirt designer SFT. Let me know if you have any other Mardi Gras tips that help you throughout the weekend!