Mardi Gras was strictly Canal Street when I was a kid --- and when I grew up --- it was still Canal Street.
At least that's the way it was until I no longer had to worry about taking the kiddies to see the parades.
Then, after Zulu and Rex paraded on Canal Street, my lady and I would hit Bourbon and Royal streets.
We did "Breakfast at Brennans" for about ten straight Mardi Gras seasons.
The two fun tables were ours and all the Gay folks who would sit around Chris Owens.
We would hang in until Pete Fountain's Walkin group tromped through and that was our Finale.
It was time to hit the streets again!
--- Below is Canal Street in 1900.
Images duBoef in 1930, Comus in 1933
and Proteous below in 1889 and 1925
It wasn't until 1980, that my lady and I decided to catch the Zulu Boat Parade.
We started our mornings with Bloody Marys at 4:00 a.m.
We were good and soused by the time we got to Brennan's.
Above is the Rex Water Parade of 1900 and landing at Canal Ferry in 1906.
Below shows old City Hall, now Gallier Hall with 1907 Kings Toast.