Guys, I have to tell you, just between us, I didn’t know if I would like New Orleans. I can be a little bit of a stick in the mud, especially when my kids are around. BUT, I absolutely loved our visit to New Orleans.
We started our evening at the Riverwalk along the Mississippi River. The view was beautiful and the breeze was amazing! We got to see people everywhere, trolleys on the move, barges on the water, and lots of street performers. Mike and I have talked about going to New Orleans and getting a beignet at Cafe Du Monde for years, but we only drove through the city a couple of years ago. This morning while we were packing up to head on the road again, Mike said, “We should go to NOLA.”
Hmm…Yes! Let’s do it!
We found a RV park which is pretty much a glorified parking lot, but it was just off the interstate and close to downtown. We unhitched and took some time to rest then we got ready and went to the city.
The owner of the RV park gave us great directions into the French Quarter. One of the first encounters with a local was him yelling at us asking where the parade was going to start. Huh?
I yelled back out the truck window, “I didn’t even know there was a parade.”
He kinda smiled and acknowledged that we had no clue what we were doing. I wonder what gave him the hint…the giant Dodge dually in the downtown streets or the bewildered look on my face when I didn’t know there was a parade. Anyway, we found parking downtown, and as I already mentioned went right to the Riverwalk.
We made our way through the crowded streets to Cafe Du Monde. What is it about people in the city that makes the experience almost magical? Granted, we did not have any dealings with rude people; everyone seemed to be in a good mood. And DUH because they all knew that the Halloween parade was taking place!
I can’t be grumpy when a parade is around. That was my favorite thing at Disney World when I was a kid. Alice sitting on top of the towering mushroom (I was a kid, people, it seemed towering to me.) was my favorite part.
But I digress.
May I just talk about beignets for a sec? Gosh, they are good! The outside is similar to a funnel cake and the inside is almost the consistency of french bread. The powdered sugar on top is divine…and messy! I wondered why in the world I chose a black shirt for the occasion. It was a semi-bad choice.
We did capture Emma and Jensen as they tried their first bites of beignets…YUM!
There you have it, folks, beignets are great!
After we finished our treats, we went back out to Decatur Street to watch the parade. It did not disappoint. We saw all kinds of people in costume from scary monsters to princesses. One of my favorite parts was the group of horse back riders dressed as skeletons. The horses even had some of their own costumes as they made their way down the parade route. There were quite a few marching bands and some pretty cool floats.
The best part of the parade was the people that we met. A woman and her husband had brought their grandson to see the parade for his birthday, and they were so kind. They were locals and gave us a history lesson on lots of various city related topics from Hurricane Katrina to statues in the square. They answered our questions and made us feel at home in this new-to-us city.
We walked back towards our truck when the parade was almost over. As we were weaving in and out of the crowds, I captured this picture of Jackson Square.
Our evening was perfect; full of music, laughter, friends, and the four of us.