5 Apps for Mardi Gras 2012
The biggest party of the year is upon us. Mardi Gras celebrations pack in lots of fun and events, but knowing where to go and what to see can be tough.
That’s why we’ve compiled a list of must-have apps for Mardi Gras 2012 that will help you navigate the New Orleans streets, scope out must-have parade information and even let you watch the festivities from home.
New Orleans at Mardi Gras is the scene of tons of parades, but there’s no better way to keep track of them than with Experience Mardi Gras. The free app includes a parade tracker with up-to-the-minute information about where parades are taking place, as well as where to find other Mardi Gras-related local events and live music.
You can also see parade routes, schedules and start locations, plus local TV stations’ video footage to keep from missing anything. If you are one of the lucky individuals who are attending Mardi Gras 2012, you can use the Parade Tracker feature that shows you where you are in relation to the beginning and end of the parade. This is your key Mardi Gras app with everything you need to enjoy the festivities. (Free for Android and iPhone)
Not everyone can make it out to the heart of the action for Mardi Gras, but Mardi Gras Live has you covered. This app offers live-streaming video feeds that let you get close to the parades and events of Mardi Gras in New Orleans without having to spring for the plane ticket.
It includes two camera feeds, as well as weather reports and information from the city. There’s even a virtual photo booth that superimposes a Mardi Gras mask on pictures of yourself. ($.99 for iPhone)
If you’re enjoying the Mardi Gras festivities, you’re probably going to want to let everyone else know about it. The location-based social-networking app foursquare can be your window into seeing who else is checking in to the events you’re visiting, as well as provide you with the ability to broadcast where you are to your friends on Facebook and other networks.
Some businesses will even give discounts to foursquare users who use the app to check in to a location, so if you’re looking for a restaurant after a parade, you might want to check it out on foursquare first. (Free for Android, BlackBerry and iPhone)
With all the happenings of Mardi Gras, it can be difficult to find live bands, events, good restaurants and all sorts of other things, especially if you’re visiting New Orleans for the first time. YPmobile is your one-stop app to discover information about businesses, events and deals.
Just about anything you’re looking for while hanging around during Mardi Gras can be found with YPmobile, ranging from good places to eat to stores selling more beads. (Free for Android, BlackBerry and iPhone)
If there’s one thing that can ruin a good time (especially in a city you’re not familiar with), it’s the struggle to find a bathroom. Luckily, there’s an app to help you out with that.
SitOrSquat zeroes in on nearby bathrooms by using your mobile device’s GPS capabilities. The app pulls up the different bathrooms, and then it sorts them by the distance from your current location. SitOrSquat also provides extra information, like user reviews and ratings, pictures, and the all-important fact: whether they’re open or not. When watching parades or when you’re out on the town, SitOrSquat is indispensable. (Free for Android and iPhone)