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The lewd bead-begging behavior seen in the French Quarter is generally restricted to Bourbon Street and out-of-town tourists (native New Orleanians often have bags of their own at home). For the real fun, seek out the neighborhood parades, where passersby fight for the throws flung from floats, and work your local sources to finagle tickets to the private balls put on by the krewes. Admission to some, such as Krewe of Orpheus’ Orpheuscapade, are open to the general public.
Insider Tip: Dream up a costume—the more elaborate the better—and join the egalitarian Society of St. Anne on its Mardi Gras parade through the arty Bywater neighborhood.