So it is a bit late this year to head down – but you can still make the end of Mardi Gras (Feb. 28). Or you can go for the Tennessee Williams Festival (Mar 30 – Apr 2). I have mixed emotions about New Orleans , there are parts I loved; the architecture, the cemeteries, some of the music, the history, and the beignets – and there are parts I didn't so much love about my visit there last year; the frat boys, the vomit smell, some of the music, and the poverty.
It didn't help that we stayed in a bad hotel in a bad part of town. I would like to go back sometime. There is truly nowhere else quite like it – and besides the city needs you.