Packing Mardi Gras parade route outfits for first timers, visitors, and tourists will be fun and stress free with the help of this article. Wearing proper Mardi Gras attire will also make your experience more festive and memorable.
Like most parades, people wear comfortable and casual clothing when watching Mardi Gras parades. A short or long sleeve shirt with jeans, khakis, and leggings for women are all casual Mardi Gras parade route attire. But try to wear something with purple, gold, or green since these are official Mardi Gras colors. Many locals will have the same purple, gold, and green long-sleeved, striped, collared shirt. Others will incorporate the colors into their outfit with a solid colored green, purple, or gold shirt, dress, or accessory.
To really blend in with the New Orleans locals, your Mardi Gras parade outfit should start turning into a costume. Girls put together outfits with tutus, sequins, shiny head accessories, and colored wigs. Some girls even wear Halloween costumes. Guys also spray paint their bodies and wear Halloween costumes to Mardi Gras parades – last year I remember seeing Jack Sparrow and The Pope on Bourbon Street.
If you do decide to get creative, your Mardi Gras attire is not limited to purple, green, and gold. Anything goes.
And don’t worry if your closet doesn’t have anything festive. The parade route will have many opportunities for you to catch feathery boas, bright and colorful beads, light up necklaces, and much more.
Avoid wearing high heels because the distance from parking spots to the parade route might be far. Also avoid wearing short skirts that don’t work well with jumping up and bending over to catch beads or climbing the ladders people use to watch the parades.
Finally, do not forget to take a light jacket to night parades because it might get chilly.