Carnival season is gearing up in New Orleans and it’s a joy to watch as homes transition from Christmas finery to full-on Mardi Gras decor. Gone are the red ribbons and pinecones, replaced with fleurs-de-lis and feathered masks of purple, green, and gold. From the leaded glass doorway of the grandest mansion to the humble cypress door of the tiniest shotgun, Carnival trimmings will rule until Ash Wednesday. So wander the streets of the Garden District, stroll Magazine Street and the Irish Channel, then weave your way through Uptown and savor the ambience. This is bucket list material. Trust me.
And as always, Laissez les bons temps rouler!