Essential New Orleans

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An extensive guide to eating, drinking, dancing, karaoke-ing, strolling and Carnivaling in the Crescent City. Carnival season in New Orleans kicked off in early January and reaches its peak on Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras day, which falls this year on March 2. Any time is the right time to visit New Orleans, but there is something special about this time of year, when it can feel like the whole creative force of the city is devoted to the art of celebration. No rough guide can do it justice — the city is inexhaustible — but here's a starter kit. If you're picturing frat boys barfing on Bourbon, don't worry: There's a better way. Eat First things first, pack in as many of these New Orleans classics as you can:...

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Essential New Orleans

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