It’s a no-judgment zone. Especially in this era of divisiveness and seemingly constant arguing, Mardi Gras is a time when everybody comes together and enjoys the same thing, no matter their background. The only thing that’s important is having a good time.There are no fashion rules. Dress up…

A few words of caution here. You’ll probably need to buy a ticket to watch a parade from a grandstand or balcony. If it’s a hotel or restaurant balcony, you’ll likely need to be a guest to watch the parades from there. Research your chosen parades and routes ahead of time, and make reservati…

Beads are cool. Doubloons are fun. But if you’re at a parade, be prepared to catch pretty much any kind of item, from clothing to stuffed animals to household goods. Here are some of the most coveted throws at local parades: