Our hotel, the Astro Crown Plaza, was on the corner of Canal St (a lovely street with lots of big hotels) and Bourbon St. Day or night you could sit on a corner of Bourbon St and be entertained for hours. I am surprised you don't need to show ID to be on it. Right behind our hotel was the Acme Oyster Bar, from 11 am in the morning until closing there was a line-up to get in. I was trying to figure out why everyone was lined up on this grungy street beside the garbage cans, but I guess Oysters are very popular in New Orleans.
There seemed to be a number of Irish men wandering around. Seems like NOLA goes from Mardi Gras to St. Patrick Celebrations. I presume these Irish gentlemen didn't give up alcohol for Lent.
We passed 2 of these young men. They typed, on an old manual typewriter, your very own poem. A new twist on street entertainers for Jim and I.
After an amazing dinner at K-Paul's, we headed down to Frenchman Street. Thinking this might be more our speed over Bourbon Street. It was a little tamer on the road, but the bars were hopping. We stopped in at Bamboula's and stayed for 2 acts, both amazing, before we headed back up to Bourbon St and our hotel.
I am not sure why, normally I am pretty good at directions (unless I am in the Toronto underground) and Jim is amazing, but somehow we got turned around and ended up in this beautiful residential area.
There seems to be no rules for alcohol, Fritzels where we stopped for a beer on the way home, had a "To Go Bar". There was nothing unusual in seeing people walking down the streets with bottles of beer or large margaritas.
We didn't hear any country music in NOLA, but we did hear alot of the old favourites that my parents used to listen and dance too, a fair bit of rock and a lot of originals.
Time to head back, it took a while as Fritzel's is at the top end of Bourbon St, so we got to see Bourbon St at midnight just as things were heating up.
The beads were flying. You would hear this roar up and down the street and sure enough someone was giving into temptation. I can't believe the balconies could hold so many people. I also can't imagine what Mardi Gras was like, they said they had 750,000 people in for the weekend and you couldn't even cross the streets.