5 Awesome Mardi Gras Apps
The biggest party of the year is upon us. Mardi Gras celebrations pack in lots of fun and events, so 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 that will help you navigate the New Orleans streets, scope out must-have parade information and even let you watch the festivities from home.
Heading to NOLA to catch all of the action? You no longer have to stand on the side of the street for several hours waiting for a parade. The WWL Mardi Gras Parade Tracker app identifies the GPS location of nearly 50 parade routes, including Uptown, the French Quarter, Metairie and the West Bank.
With real-time updates, you’ll be able to time your prompt arrival to see the parades you want. Get updates about time changes or new events that might be taking place. Easy to use, this app is a must-have for anyone venturing down to the hub of the Mardi Gras festivities. Can you take us with you? (Free for Android or iOS)
Anyone who is participating in Mardi Gras festivities is going to want to let everyone else know about it. The location-based social-networking app Foursquare can be just the app to use to broadcast your activities on social media. Plus, you’ll find out who else is checking in to the events you’re visiting.
Some businesses will even give discounts to Foursquare users who use the app to check in at their 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, Windows Phone and iOS)
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 out during Mardi Gras can be found with YPmobile, ranging from good places to eat to stores selling more beads. (Free for Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone and iOS)
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 different bathrooms, and then 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 iOS)
Not everyone can make it down to the Big Easy. For those folks, Mardi Gras Live has your back. This app offers live-streaming video feeds so you can enjoy the parades and events of Mardi Gras without having to spring for the plane ticket.
The app shows three 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 your photos—it's about as close as you’re gonna get to the action if you’re watching from afar. ($2.99 for iOS)