My friend Lauren is also getting married this year, so it’s been a lot of fun sharing my pre-wedding milestones with such a close friend. And, more importantly, I’ve had a blast sharing in her milestones as well!
Along with her other bridesmaids, I recently traveled down to New Orleans for Lauren’s bachelorette party. The only other time I’ve been to NOLA was for Mardi Gras, so I was excited to have a chance to explore the city without all of the craziness that the world’s largest free party brings!
We arrived on Friday and immediately hit the town… and by town, I mean Bourbon Street.
The next day we decided to explore New Orleans a little bit more… this time in the daylight.
And then we headed out of town for a swamp tour! It was so much fun that I dedicated a post just to that! You can find it here.
After the tour, we went home, showered the sunscreen and sweat off, and then got ready for Lauren’s big night.
Complete with champagne on our rooftop!
We dined at Restaurant R’evolution, a fabulous New Orleans’ restaurant.
And then we headed back to Bourbon Street in style. But not quite this style:
The night culminated at a Drag Show at Bourbon Pub Parade.
Here they are, the performers:
Just kidding! That’s Lauren, and the other special bachelorettes and birthday girls who were selected to dance onstage during the show.
The next day, Lauren put on her “I said yes” shirt and we donned our “We said NOLA” shirts, and we spent a relaxing day taking in all that New Orleans has to offer.
I will say this for New Orleans: There are plenty of bachelorette and bachelor parties in the city every weekend, so you’d think the residents would be so over it. But instead, I lost track of how many people slowed down their cars so they could yell, “CONGRATULATIONS,” towards Lauren, or how many stopped on the street to give her their best wishes. They really made Lauren feel special, and it was so nice to see.
We ended up at brunch at SoBou.
Where we were entertained by a live band.
And a live burlesque dancer, Bella Blue!
Then there was more exploring.
Until we came across a very familiar landmark, the St. Louis Cathedral.
And because it was right there, we stopped into Cafe Du Monde for a beignet snack.
Then it was back to Bourbon Street where I was able to cross an item off of my bucket list: riding a mechanical bull!
I thought for sure I’d be awesome at it.
Instead, I was terrible!
The girls said it was because I was wearing pants, which were more slippery than shorts with bare legs, but I think they were just being polite!
Here it is, my pathetic bull riding attempt:
Then for dinner we headed to the New Orleans Oyster Festival, which I LOVED!
This free festival is right off the French Quarter, so it’s easy to walk to. Ordinarily I hate food festivals because they’re too crowded and the lines are too long. But by Sunday afternoon, while there were a good amount of people in attendance, we didn’t need to wait more than 30 seconds at each food stand.
Although, the food would have been worth any amount of wait. We dined on delicious and unique seafood dishes, like this Shrimp and Alligator Sausage Cheesecake.
And Crispy Oyster Bordelaise and Fries.
It was a wonderful weekend celebrating the bride to be!
And now I can’t wait for the wedding, Lauren!
For all of my New Orleans travel posts, click here.