What To Do

Number 1 rule is to have fun in New Orleans!

Number 2 rule is to be safe. It is also important to be aware of your surroundings.  Walk with large crowds. Stay in the trusted zones we spoke of earlier:

In the French Quarter -- the river/Decatur, Canal, Dauphine, and Esplanade. In the Warehouse District -- Julia, Convention Center Blvd, Poydras (or all the way to Canal), and Tchoupitoulas.

Staying on St. Charles then don't use the side streets.  Unless you are going to Commander's Palace to eat.

There are lots of police for crowd control.  They have handled much larger crowds for Mardi Gras so the NOPD know what they are doing.

The World Famous French Quarter and the Riverwalk Shopping Centre are good places to shop and eat. If you want to catch some New Orleans snow, take in some music, and good eating then head over to Miracle on Fulton Street across the street from Harrah's Casino and next door to the Harrah's Hotel.  It snows every hour on the hour there.  

Allstate Sugar Bowl Fan Fest takes place in the French Quarter December 31st and January 1st from Noon - 6 pm. Fun for all with football skill contests, a souvenir photo with the game trophy, prize give aways, and your team's pep rally.

Allstate Sugar Bowl Fan Jam takes places outside the Superdome on Gate C's bridge on gameday January 2, 2009.  The tailgate  fun starts three hours before kickoff till the game starts. Don't worry it is free and fun for all ages. Interactive games, entertainment, with appearances by both bands from Alabama and Utah. and their respective cheerleading squad.

Go to the previously suggested eating establishments so you can capture the true New Orleans experience: Galatoire's (try to get a table on the 1st floor), Crescent City Brewhouse, Port of Call cheeseburger and Monsoons, Cafe du Monde, Cafe Maspero Please go to the restaurants section for a full description.

You must also try the muffuletta at Central Grocery on Decatur which is where it was invented.. The muffuletta is as New Orleans as any po-boy you'll ever eat, funny thing though, there's nothing Creole about it. A muffuletta consists of one muff loaf, split horizontally. The loaf is then covered with a marinated olive salad, then layers of  salami, mortadella, emmentaler, capicola, and provolone cheese. You can get it heated  to soften the provolone or not. I prefer it heated.

Please remember that they are closed on Sunday so plan accordingly.  You can even go there early before you leave on your trip home and take a few back.

How could I almost forget Acme's Oyster in the French Quarter.  You can get the oysters raw or fried.  It is about 1/2 a block from Bourbon.

Try some pralines and bring some back home with you or your friends will hate you.  I prefer Evans over Aunt Sally's.  They are about 150 feet away from each other and you can sample each and figure out which one you prefer.

Yes, please go to Pat O's or Pat O Brien's, if you prefer, and get the signature Hurricane. Hurricanes are serious business so don't confuse it with koolaid. I have seen football players

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brought to their knees with this concotion.  There is an entrance from Bourbon Street and there are several bar sections inside. They even have an upstairs area available for private parties.  We did this a few Sugar Bowls ago and hired out a pianist to play songs for us.

The Cat's Meow is another social hangout for tourists and locals alike. It is a karaoke bar located on Bourbon Street. Be prepared to sing.  They can even record your humiliation on stage for your friends to enjoy or your friends or strangers or BOTH will just record it and slap on Youtube for the world to enjoy.

Go to historic sites of Jackson Square and about a half mile away from there is the French Market where you can pick up some souvenirs.  The old US Mint is located next to the French Market.

Take a ride on the historic streetcar.  You get to see beautiful homes and enjoy a not so hectic lifestyle.

Try one of these Lucky Dogs.  They are one of the best things to eat at 3:30 in the morning.

  

What Not to Do

Don't pick fights.  Everyone wants to "pass a good time,." You are here to have fun and not spend your time in jail.  Unless you know a judge you can stay there all weekend and this would ruin your stay here.

Don't go outside the safe zones we discussed above.  You put yourself at risk if you go outside of the boundaries of

In the French Quarter -- the river/Decatur, Canal, Dauphine, and Esplanade.

In the Warehouse District -- Julia, Convention Center Blvd, Poydras (or all the way to Canal), and Tchoupitoulas.

Staying on St. Charles then don't use the side streets.  Unless you are going to Commander's Palace to eat.

Don't forget that bars don't close at 2 and they keep serving if they have enough people to make it worth their while. Many are open 24 hours. So pace yourself. Since many of you have asked, yes you can drink on Sunday!

Don't forget that you don't have to sneak the bottle out the restaurant or bar.  Just ask for a go cup and you can drink it in the street.  It's no big deal.

Don't fall for the I know where you got your shoes scam.

Party on Fans!

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Heads up: The Superdome is on this map, but it isn't marked.  It is the beige shaded area north of the New Orleans Centre in the northwest corner of the map.

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