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Top Ten Things You Should Know About Carnival To Hang Out With Natives

Enjoy carnival like a native

If you’re going to hang out with New Orleans natives who grew up on Mardi Gras, there are a few things you need to know. Here are the top ten.

Number 10

How to spell “krewe.”

Number 9

Carnival is a season, carnival is a day.

Number 8

The colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold, and the official Mardi Gras song is “If Ever I Cease To Love.”

Number 7

The Captain of the Krewe is more important than the King.

Number 6

If you lose a doubloon thrown from a float, never bend over to pick it up. Always put your foot on it. If you go by hand, it’s too late or your fingers will be stepped on.

Number 5

If you bite a plastic baby on a King Cake, that’s good

Number 4

Beads less than two feet long are unacceptable unless they are made of glass.

Number 3

The national press has no idea about Mardi Gras.

Number 2

The vast majority of people in the French Quarter during Carnival are people from out of town.

Finally, the number 1 thing you should know about carnival is

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