The most festive site is at the foot of Canal Street near the river, where Rex and Zulu, two epic parades, cross. Crowds are kid-friendlier near the Uptown start, where parking is (a bit) easier, parades pass earlier, and families abound. Download route maps at nola.com/mardigras/parades
Photo: Gary Clark, Article: Kim Cross, Megan Holley
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