walking parade in French Quarter
Photo: Leslie Monthan
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2. Schedule in some fun

I swear it was purely by coincidence that the only week I could go fell during Mardis Gras! And even Habitat takes the day off. So I joined some friends who let me tag along for New Orleans's biggest celebration. That's me on the left, with my fishy-looking guides, Megan Kamerick and Mike Hess. We joined the Society of St. Anne krewe's walking parade through the French Quarter. Begun in 1969, St. Anne's is known for its creative and often irreverent costumes.
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