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Mardi Gras is the one party in New Orleans where you look ridiculous if you aren't spirited. Costumes are encouraged, but if you can't seem to fathom letting out your inner freak, you still want to dress the part. Here are five easy tips to stay "Mardi Gras Chic" this parade season.
1. Mardi Gras can either be very cold or very warm. New Orleans weather is infamous for being unpredictable. Load up on bright colorful hoodies in the classic purple, green or gold. American Apparel Hoodies seem to do the trick.
2. Although the Saints did not make it to the AFC championship, they are a favorite of New Orleans. If you have any Saints apparel throw it on over warm leggings (whether they be black or my personal favorite gold). Boas are encouraged and the French Quarter is home to a ton of boas repping the black and gold.
3. Do not pack on beads before the parades. You will literally get so many throws thrown at you from the floats. But remember to not pick beads of the ground once they have been thrown- it's bad luck and you could have something thrown at you as you bend down to collect an awesome beaded necklace.
4. Fanny packs are an absolute must. Pickpockets are everywhere and it's nice to have a holiday when this eighties classic is in style. I personally love the bejewelled fannys featured on the Mardi Gras Bazaar's website: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8796660307874804566 . Super cute!
5. People get creative with the tees that they wear. Tulane students like to get in the spirit of Mardi Gras and make group tanks. My favorite at the moment is this one saying "Keep Calm and Mardi On". I'd even wear it after Mardi Gras!
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