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Weekend Picks: An After Mardi Gras Guide

Enjoy a relaxing and restful weekend in New Orleans.

Take a stroll through Audubon Park (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Mardi Gras is over, and this coming weekend we’re in full recovery mode. The city is a little bit quieter than usual after Mardi Gras, (A.M.G) and we’re taking full advantage of it. We need the time to catch our breath after all that carnival celebrating. So, we rounded up picks for a zen weekend, filled with everything from places to get refreshing juices and a healthy bite to eat, to where to soothe your soul (and soles). Treat yourself this weekend and relax a little while you can – ’cause pretty soon, the party will be in full swing again.

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Shops along Magazine Street. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Take a stroll down Magazine Street – Magazine street is a wonderful place for a lovely afternoon stroll, and it has lots of lovely shops, cafes and restaurants to stop in along the way. Start your day with a coffee or tea, visit any number of the adorable boutiques and specialty stores, and then stop for a light lunch.

Hydrate and Replenish – If you did your fair share of drinking for Mardi Gras, quench your thirst with a refreshing drink (non-alcoholic) at one of our favorite places in the city. Fresh cold-pressed juices are calling our names right about now.

Poke Loa on Magazine Street (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Grab a healthy bite to eat – If you need to detox after all that Mardi Gras gluttony (no judgment), go for healthier options this weekend, and check out our post on where to get great vegetarian and vegan food. Whatever cuisine you’re craving, we’ve got a spot for you.

Sweat it Out – Your feet might still be sore from all that walking you did during Mardi Gras, but your body will thank you for a workout later (especially after all that king cake). Ease back into things with a yoga class, or visit City Park for their free Zumba classes on Saturdays at 8 a.m.

Big Lake at City Park (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Walk at the Park – If you need to decompress after all that Mardi Gras stimulation, visit one of New Orlean’s many magnificent parks. It will do your body and mind some good. Any one of these quiet places is ideal for a simple retreat. Catch a sunset at these parks or take a walk on these trails this weekend.


Harlem Globetrotters – Stopping in New Orleans on their 2018 World Tour, the Harlem Globetrotters are bringing lots of family fun to the Smoothie King Center on February 17. Watch as basketball players perform tricks, jokes, and more in this show that’s great for all ages. Tickets for the show start at $20. The show starts at 2 p.m.

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