New Orleans native and lifestyle influencer Alisha of Nola Bougie revels in all things glam during Carnival season. Read on for everything you need to celebrate a Nola Bougie Mardi Gras.
Q. Tell us a little about yourself.
I am Nola Bougie, and I’ve lived in New Orleans almost my entire life with the exception of being displaced by Hurricane Katrina for 2 years. I grew up in New Orleans East, but I now reside in Algiers. I’m a wife and mother of a threenager! When I’m not out being Bougie, I’m a pharmacist!
Q. When people check out your IG feed, what side of Nola will they see?
Consider me your source for all things Bougie in New Orleans! New Orleans has so much to offer, and my mission is to inspire everyone to embrace their inner Bougie!
Q. What’s your favorite thing about Mardi Gras? What does it mean to you?
I think what I love the most about Mardi Gras is the fact the everyone has a good time! You see people of all ages laughing and dancing! It’s a party!
Q. Uh oh! Your friends just told you they’re coming for Mardi Gras and know nothing about the city. Quick, where do you send them to Mardi Gras up?
Remember my friends are Bougie:
- Katie’s In Mid City for brunch
- Belladonna has all of their Mardi Gras gear (sequin shorts and dusters, Fringe and Company shirts and head wraps)
- Arnaud’s for French 75’s
- Southern Swings for Mardi Gras manis
Q. What are a few of your Mardi Gras “must-dos”?
- Everybody and their momma goes to the Zulu Ball! Makeup appointments have been booked for months! It’s a fashion show that you don’t want to miss!
- Lundi Gras. You have to see King Zulu and Rex! Lots of entertainment, and it’s family friendly.
- Muses. I love the Muses parade, and if you are lucky enough you will catch one of those gorgeous shoes!
Q. What’s your favorite parade and why?
I’m looking forward to seeing my gorgeous friends in the Krewe of Nefertiti this year! (They roll with Krewe of Freret.) This is their first year, and I just so happen to be a member! 🙂
Q. Walk us through your Fat Tuesday itinerary.
Well, I don’t do Mardi Gras, I do Bougie Gras!
We wake up late, as usual, and stop at the Daiquiri shop at 8 a.m. Yes, they are open that early!
Head over to Gallier Hall to watch the parades in the stands. There’s a bar, food and, most importantly, clean restrooms! We catch Zulu for sure and then Rex, if my son lasts that long!
Looking for more advice on Mardi Gras-ing with kids? Check out Living Life with Nette’s tips for Carnival.
And don’t forget to pick up your copy of our 2019 Mardi Gras Field Guide!