Cooking it up on St. Charles Ave.

Chris Miller
February 13, 2018 - 1:08 pm
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Trying to spend all day on the parade route without eating is no way to enjoy Mardi Gras in New Orleans. So before, during, and after the parades, the neutral ground becomes one big cookout. 

It has been called a six-mile long family picnic by Mardi Gras Guide publisher Arthur Hardy. It’s also something like a massive tail gate party, snaking its way from Napoleon and S. Claiborne avenues to Lee Circle. 

Chicken, sausage, ribs, pork chops, fish, oysters, shrimp — if you can throw it on a grill, you’ll find it. 

And it’s not just grills and smokers. Truly dedicated parade goers bring their boiling rigs and fire up pot loads of crawfish and shrimp. Others fire up portable generators and plug in electric skillets or other small appliances for waffles, omelette, bacon and beyond. 

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