It's Mardi Gras, Baby!!! (New Orleans) $50 includes 3 nights in dorm

Address:  United Saints Recovery Project - 2309 Dryades St., New Orleans 70113

I will be there by 3pm on Friday.  

Jennifer's number:  [masked]

French Quarter, Garden District, Audubon Park, Audubon Aquarium, Ferry, Harrah's Casino, City Park, Plantations, and Cemeteries, oh my!

Oh!!! I forgot, Bourbon Street, strong Hurricanes at Pat O'briens, beignets at Cafe du Monde, Alligator kabobs, the original Muffalletta, and the Endymion Parade! Woo-hoo!!!

There is a Megabus option, but we'll be able to do a little more if we carpool. who's in???!!! :-)  We will be staying in a dorm near the Lower Garden district just minutes from the French Quarter and 3 blocks from the St. Charles street car line  The $50 covers 3 nights in this dorm.  Even if you are not staying all 3 nights, you will still pay the $50 to keep things simple.  More details will be posted in the comments below.

We will not be attending Fat Tuesday since most of us have to work, but we will enjoy all of the festivities leading up to it including Bourbon Street and some Parades.  Yay Endymion!!!  We will also be doing some things like our traditional initial stop by Harrah's Casino where we all put $1 in a slot machine and play it out before starting our adventure.  Last year I won $2.15!!!  Woohoo!  We will do a ton of exploring and riding the streetcars through the various districts.  We will see the beautiful Audubon park where tons of migrating birds spend the winter, we will enjoy beignets at the famous Cafe Du Monde, visit the Audubon aquarium, ride the free ferry across the Mississippi, visit the French Market, visit the St. Louis Cathedral (if you are spiritual you can pray where Pope John Paul II has prayed), and much more!!  If you are attending and want to make it a point to see something, please let me know.


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  • Lucy C.

    slow down and smell the roses-excellent time!

    March 11, 2014

  • Nickie

    Grrrreat!

    March 10, 2014

  • nhinguyen

    Thanks Jennifer for once in a life time experience. I really enjoyed meeting you all. Btw, I won’t ever forget the bonus for this trip - a kiss from a gay bar dancer – hehehhe.

    March 5, 2014

    • Ginger

      Yes!, thanks for that entertainment!!!

      March 5, 2014

  • Sneha

    Great fun as always!! Thanks Jennifer :D

    March 5, 2014

  • Ginger

    Fun time and fantastic company. Thanks for the great experience. Totally enjoyed meeting everyone!

    3 · March 4, 2014

  • Alex

    Great and fun experience!

    March 4, 2014

  • Tiffany I.

    I really enjoyed myself!

    March 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a great time. I enjoyed meeting all of you.

    March 4, 2014

  • Patrina H.

    Great trip! Wonderful company! Thanks for organizing it, Jennifer!

    2 · March 3, 2014

  • Patrina H.

    Kevin and I left before our dorm mates were awake. We would like to say we had a blast discovering the oddities on Bourbon St. with you. Ginger, Michelle, Lucy, Ania and Don-Hope to see you again soon! Safe and happy traveling to you all!

    2 · March 2, 2014

    • MICHELLE

      Missed getting a chance to say goodbye but enjoyed both of your company while you were here. Safe travels and see you the next time.

      1 · March 2, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I was surprised to see you both gone after i woke up. I had a blast and I enjoyed meeting both of you and hope to see you again soon!

      1 · March 3, 2014

  • MICHELLE

    Amazing time and equally amazing people. Looking forward to the next adventure.

    1 · March 3, 2014

  • Jennifer B.

    We are heading to Igor's for pool and food.

    March 2, 2014

    • Sneha

      Let's play foosball :P

      March 2, 2014

  • Jennifer B.

    My phone died earlier. On Sunday a group of us will meet at the main dorm at about 9:30am. We will go to Audubon Park and possibly the zoo. Then we'll have muffalettas and po' boys for lunch near the universities. Finally we'll do the Audubon Aquarium and possibly visit the French Market again to pick up some pralines before hitting the Bacchus parade. Up until parade time it will be a pretty laid back and leisurely day. We will take our time and do what we want. :-) My phone will not stay charged all day, so I may not receive texts in the afternoon. See you in the morning!

    March 2, 2014

    • Jennifer B.

      We found aquarium tickets for $12.

      March 2, 2014

  • Jennifer B.

    We just sat down at Napoleon House for dinner...500 Chartres St. At St. Louis.

    March 1, 2014

  • Jennifer B.

    We are at the cafe. We will meet at the cathedral at 2pm.

    March 1, 2014

    • Christine

      We are heading at cafe du monde are you still there?

      March 1, 2014

  • Suzana

    We are just out of baton rouge. What are dinner plans?

    March 1, 2014

  • Jennifer B.

    We are heading to the ferry. Then we are going to Cafe di Monde and the French Market.

    March 1, 2014

  • Jennifer B.

    We're about to get on the bus. Be at Harrah's in a few minutes.

    March 1, 2014

  • Ginger

    Donuts and coffee are ready.

    March 1, 2014

  • Jennifer B.

    Those of you just getting in. Go to the pink house across from the church next to the fenced lot. Follow the fence to the back of the house. The code to get in is 9021. There is a white house across from the other side of the church. Meet the rest of us there at 9ish tomorrow. See you in the morning! Be very quiet coming in. Drop your things and go to bed...no showers, etc. Everyone is already asleep.

    March 1, 2014

  • Sneha

    Kindly someone send me the dorm code [masked]

    February 28, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Did you get the code?

      March 1, 2014

  • Jennifer B.

    Come on down and watch me kick everyone's butts at foosball. :-)

    February 28, 2014

  • SUCH I.

    Cool we will be there in 5 min.

    February 28, 2014

  • Jennifer B.

    Across from the church is a little house. Knock on the door. Joe is there.

    February 28, 2014

  • Jennifer B.

    We are shooting pool and eating burgers at Igor's on St. Charles.

    February 28, 2014

  • SUCH I.

    Jennifer can you please send me code for other dorm on my email urssachin82@Gmail. Com or just text me. I am at dorm door

    1 · February 28, 2014

    • Sneha

      Are you waiting there still? Should I come there?

      February 28, 2014

  • Jennifer B.

    We will be on the dorm for a few minutes before walking nearby to eat. We will pay where we end up eating so latecomers can join up with us.

    February 28, 2014

    • Sneha

      When will you get to the dorm?

      February 28, 2014

  • Sneha

    Jennifer I am headed towards the dorm. What do I need to get checked in ? I haven't received any email

    February 28, 2014

  • Patrina H.

    I either missed or didn't receive any info re: getting in to the dorms. My ETA is around 1 AM. Anything I should know?

    February 28, 2014

    • Patrina H.

      Sorry. I am not finding the dorm code info. Please resend to [masked].

      February 28, 2014

    • Patrina H.

      Got it. Thanks! Party on!!!

      February 28, 2014

  • Jennifer B.

    We are headed back toward the dorms via the parade route...then we'll go to dinner.

    February 28, 2014

  • MICHELLE

    We are at the church. What/where now?

    February 28, 2014

    • MICHELLE

      The actual address is 1908 first st. We are behind this number in back 1908b

      February 28, 2014

  • Jennifer B.

    We are right at canal and royal.. standing in the median where the trolleys run...next to the parked bus.

    February 28, 2014

  • Jennifer B.

    We are headed to Royal and Canal top watch the parade. Check your email for the dorm info and codes.

    February 28, 2014

  • OneStep-Sunshine

    We are here! So cool

    February 28, 2014

  • Jennifer B.

    People are arriving later than expected, so we are just going tip hop on the trolley and head to the French Market and Cafe DuMonde before watching the parade on Canal Street.

    February 28, 2014

    • OneStep-Sunshine

      We are on the RTA. hopefully heading to the right direction

      February 28, 2014

    • MICHELLE

      Traffic is a nightmare. Looks like back to back accidents in front of us. Still 82 miles out.

      February 28, 2014

  • Peyman m.

    I still have two spots left for carpool and i am leaving houston arounf 6 pm tonite

    February 28, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Peyman, I'd love to carpool. My # is[masked]

      February 28, 2014

  • stuart

    I cant make it now as having to work the weekend again!

    February 28, 2014

  • Rex

    I vote mega bus, too. For $20 more and no gas bill it's about the same. And worth it not to drive, worry about vehicle etc. I'm scheduling 8:00a HOU departure. NO departure 4:14pm. Let' do it and be done. Anyone else on it those times? Look forward to meeting some of you! Going to be fun.

    February 25, 2014

    • OneStep-Sunshine

      Hi Rex, sorry for the late response. We got dropped off.

      February 28, 2014

    • Brian

      They had 2 buses departing to NO at 8:00. I am on bus #1.

      February 28, 2014

  • Peyman m.

    I can carpool up to 3 ppl! Leaving friday evening and coming back on sunday noon

    February 26, 2014

    • Jennifer B.

      Peyman...call this number. They are interested in carpooling too. Since meetup is going to be down most of the day, I don't have time to be the go-between. [masked]

      February 27, 2014

    • Peyman m.

      Don are u coming? Give me a call[masked]

      February 27, 2014

  • Jennifer B.

    All of you need to save my number now. [masked]-0936. Meetup's servers are under attack, and we can't count on them being reliable for the next couple of days. Take down my number now.

    February 27, 2014

  • Jennifer B.

    Alex, give me a call please. [masked]

    February 27, 2014

  • Jennifer B.

    If you have backed out, but you have not yet received your refund, please post here so I can get you your money. :-)

    February 20, 2014

    • Jennifer B.

      Ok. Everyone should have their refunds now...except Clancy. I still can't transfer money to you, Clancy. Can you double check your Paypal account and be sure you have all of your info updated? I just tried again, and it still won't go through. Thanks!

      1 · February 25, 2014

    • Maria C.

      Thank you Jennifer - have an awesome weekend!

      February 27, 2014

  • Maria C.

    Have an awesome time you guys... eat, drink and be merry...

    February 27, 2014

  • Steffany B

    I hope everyone that is going on the megabus got the new change to the drop off spot for New Orleans..

    February 26, 2014

  • Peyman m.

    Jen, can u let me know where is dorm location so that i can book a hotel close in that area? I am also planning to leave around 7 pm here and be there around mid night and can carpoool up to 3 more ppl. I will be back sunday around noon.

    February 26, 2014

    • Nicki

      United Saints Recovery Project 2309 Dryades St. New Orleans 70113

      February 26, 2014

  • Jennifer B.

    You do not need to check in when you arrive. When I get there they will give me the codes to the rooms, and I will email those out to you all. You will need to bring your own sheets and pillows. If you don't want to bring them from home, there is a Wal-Mart about a mile away from where we are staying where you can buy some on the cheap. FYI...there will be no drinking of alcoholic beverages on the propertysince it is owned by a church. There is a full kitchen on site with a microwave, stove, and refrigerator.

    February 25, 2014

    • Nicki

      Shalisa thank you for the information. I appreciate it :)

      February 26, 2014

    • Jennifer B.

      We plan to be there by 3pm.

      February 26, 2014

  • Joe

    Hey guys/gals,

    I was going to head out early and do some hiking along the way, but I've decided to delay my departure. If anyone wants to carpool with me on Fri AM, then let me know. I have a Honda Accord and I can fit 3 additional passengers comfortably. I can take a 4th person, if necessary, but it will be tight.

    I am in NW Houston (FM1960/Hwy 290), but I can pick up ppl along the way. I get about 25mpg (fwy) and have a radar detector. All I ask is that passengers split any auto-related expenses (gas, tolls, parking, etc). Let me know if you're in.

    February 25, 2014

    • Joe

      Thank YOU, Jennifer, for organizing the trip. It's gonna be a blast!

      1 · February 26, 2014

    • Joe

      Alex, Nhi, Jennifer:
      Check your email. I sent each of you a message last night with my tele #. Email me (or call me on the phone) and give me the street address you want me to pick you up at. I want to be sure I can find it in my car's navigation system so there are no delays Fri morning. Thanks!

      We should have room for a small-medium cooler if anyone wants to bring one.

      February 26, 2014

  • Jennifer B.

    If someone gets to the place before me and wants to check in, you will need to give a $100 room deposit for each of the 2 rooms that will be returned immediately at our room check when we are leaving. Otherwise, you will not be able to leave your things in the room until I get there. We are leaving Friday morning, and I hope to be there by 3pm.

    February 25, 2014

  • Shalisa B.

    Jennifer, if we get there before you on Friday, can we leave our things in the dorm, or do we need to wait for you to check in?

    February 25, 2014

  • nhinguyen

    Till this moment, Rex is out of this carpool group and I want to finalize the head count for this group - Jennifer, Don, Alex and me (Nhi). Don, do you still offer your car? If yes, you are exempt from gas cost. Alex, please confirm if you are still in. If we rent a car, rental + gas will be split evenly for all. Here is my phone number[masked]

    February 25, 2014

    • nhinguyen

      Don, after taking to Jennifer and we tried to reach you. I want to let you know that Alex, Jennifer and I will join Lone Star carpool group. We don't want to drop you out without letting you know. I hope you understand the hectic carpool situation for last couple of days and I like to finalize and close this carpool for this group.

      February 25, 2014

    • MICHELLE

      Don are you North or South? Ginger is South and I'm North.

      February 25, 2014

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