While enjoying Mardi Gras 2011 on Bourbon Street, I realized most people, visitors and newly New Orleanians, do not realize the unwritten rules of Bourbon Street. Here are some things that are on my check list when i'm visiting Bourbon.
-- ALWAYS WEAR SHOES THAT COVER YOUR FEET.
never wear open toe shoes.
never wear flip flops.
never wear strapy sandels.
never wear shoes with cut outs.
why? because your feet is cover is who knows what at the end of the night. its dis-gross-sting. i always cover my feet up when i'm headed to bourbon.
since the topic is shoes, i would like to add that i consciously do not wear high heels onto bourbon. there's a lot of walking involved. the street & side walk is full of cracks. and the attention i get when i wear heels, i do not particularly enjoy. let's just say, i think people correlate heels with "working".
-- DO NOT BRING EVERYTHING WITH YOU.
bring your essentials you can carry in your pocket (or a bag of some sort you don't have to carry). if you've got a camera, do not put it down!! i've brought my purse before. i've set some thing down before. i've misplaced things before. i should definitely know better. needless to say, i've never recovered those items.
-- DO BE FRIENDLY, BUT KNOW HOW TO POLITELY END THE CONVERSATION
everyone is on bourbon to party. everyone is looking for a good time. it's the big easy, we are known to converse with anyone and everyone we run into. be polite and say excuse me. be polite and greet some one if they've greeted you. just be polite.
-- ALWAYS HAVE A (moving) MEETING SPOT
it is very easy to get lost from your group when walking bourbon. i do it all the time. there is so many distractions. some one yelling at you from the balcony. some one else trying to lure you into their venue. some one walking along the street with you. street performers. random street dance parties. your new favorite song blaring from one of the spots. many many distractions. so if you lose your group in all of the mess, here's my solution: always meet at the next corner you all were walking towards. instead of looking for the lost person or looking for your group along the block, just go to the corner to regroup. it's always worked for me, especially when it's super congested.
that's all i can think of for the moment, of course i am open to suggestions and will add as i come up with more do's and don'ts.
last updated Wednesday, March 30, 2011