5 Tips and Tech to help you Survive Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Mardi Gras season is in full swing, and it is no surprise that thousands of people will be attending the world’s biggest party, the New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade. The streets of New Orleans will be jam packed with tourists and locals, partying like there is no tomorrow.

With over 1.5 million people attending Mardi Gras in New Orleans last year, it truly is the world’s wildest party. Mardi Gras is a weeklong event with various parades filled with people in tutus, feathers, beaded necklaces and masks.

In such an outlandish environment, here are 5 tips and tech to help you survive a Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

1. Apple Maps at Mardi Gras

With an influx of thousands of people at the festival, the last thing you want is to be drunk and lost. This year, Apple has expanded the availability of public transit directions in its Maps apps for iOS and macOS bringing them to New Orleans just in time for the Mardi Gras Parade.

This way, Apple is exposing more people to Maps and making it possible for festival attendees to avoid complaints about transit directions being missing.

The new coverage from Apple lets users mix bus, train, streetcar, and walking directions, including options like Amtrak, which gained expanded Maps support last October. As usual routes are color-coded, and feature network logos where appropriate. Because nobody likes to be drunk and lost.

2. GizmoPal 2

Mardi Gras is a family-friendly atmosphere, but with so many crowds of people on the street, it is easy to get separated from family and friends.

GizmoPal 2 by LG runs on the Verizon network and allows parents to locate their children using GPS technology and contact them with two-way communication. Anyone can make or answer a phone call with the touch of a button if they get separated from their group while partying at the parade.

Designed similarly to popular smartwatches, the GizmoPal 2 supports up to four contacts. Also, you and your friends can roam around the parades without fear of losing each other thanks to a built-in GPS locator in the watch that notifies you when your friends have strayed from pre-set GPS boundaries.

3Evo Tactical Extreme Edition

Lots of people plus lots of alcohol equals lots of chaos. With endless foot traffic in the middle of the streets, the last thing you want to do is drop your phone while marching with friends and have it stampeded on. The Evo Tactical Extreme Edition can help you here.

Designed to give you full use of your phone in the toughest conditions, you can trust the Extreme Edition to protect your phone from drops as high as 4m/13 ft protection. This case is up for whatever crazy experience you put it through. Check out the Tactical Extreme Edition for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

4. Evo Aqua

Could the above be a likely scenario this Mardi Gras festival? I believe so. If you are between the ages of 18-34 chances are that you, or someone you know, have broken your phone while under the influence of alcohol. Read the 4 most common ways to break your phone.

With all the partying and beer chugging, not to mention the Fat Tuesdays, make sure your iPhone is more than splash resistant, but full on water-proof.

The Evo Aqua for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus lets you take your iPhone places that are the most fun are also the most unforgiving, like dancing in a rainy parade or drinking in the dirty streets of New Orleans.

The Evo Aqua provides water protection to 2m/6.6ft for 1hr (IP68) keeps your phone clean and dry. All seals are integrated so there’s nothing to lose.

Be calm, and party on!

5. Mardi Gras Parade Tracker App

Mardi Gras Parade Tracker is New Orleans' premier Mardi Gras parade tracking service. This app physically tracks 67 of the biggest parades during Mardi Gras starting with Krewe De Vieux and ending with Rex on Mardi Gras day. Whether you are Uptown or in the French Quarter, in Metairie or on the West Bank, Chalmette, Houma, Thibodaux, or Covington, you can find the exact location of the parade you want to see.

They customized Google maps for the parade routes to provide you with the most precise and up-to-the-minute parade location.