I've seen some great advice here and read some guidebooks but I still have a couple of questions, particularly because we're going for Carnival and not Mardis Gras proper (my husband would be extremely uncomfortable in Mardis Gras crowds!).
1. Dodgy areas: I read that I shouldn't cross over Rampart in the FQ but I can't find out where I read that. Is this good advice? The hotel we're staying at is just below Rampart (On St Peter) and I kinda want to check out Louis Armstrong park since it's so close but not if its not safe!
2. We want to catch several parades (Barkus and Chewbacchus since we like Sci Fi and dogs) but I can't tell if some krewes are more exciting than others for that weekend so would appreciate any opinions on who to catch.
3. Since we're pre-mardi gras craziness, how big are the crowds going to be? Do we still need to find watching points a couple of hours ahead of time (we have feet and public transport only!)?
4. Any tips on figuring out where to be and when? I saw some parade apps for the iphone but the route info isn't great - anyone recommend a good way of figuring parade times and locations on the fly?
Appreciate your thoughts. We'll also be checking out the Garden District, a cemetery (TBD but recommendations gratefully received), local food and bars and as many parks as we can handle (yes, we'll be running out of time as soon as we get there!).