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So I came to New Orleans for the 4th of July/my birthday weekend and I have a few observations.

Bourbon Street is the most disgusting place I have ever been. Vomit, pee, poo, raw sewage, and cigars are the cocktail of smells in this street. It's super loud, super crowded, and overall a nasty place.

I'm not one for the super touristy scene or that type of almosphere. I can respect it for what it is, and it's lively, but a complete shit-show. I was surprised to see people in the late night with strollers and small children. You can tell how drunk everyone is if I'm getting hit on.

Apart from that, Canal street is ok. Royal street is a thousand times more pleasant than bourbon. The bars are less crowded, and much cleaner. Jackson Square is gorgeous, and St. Anne (@ bourbon), is about where the crowd drops off by the gay bars.

I haven't felt unsafe or paranoid about anything here, although the homeless are aggressive and annoying.

The food here is not what everyone talks about. Muriel's so far has been the only decent place. Everywhere else has been mediocre. The bar/server staff have been friendly, and really talkative. Hard to find brunch without seafood in it.

I couldn't imagine staying at a hotel on bourbon or close by. We managed to get a room at the Astor Crowne Royal, and it's semi-loud even being on the top floor. Next time I'll remember not to come on the 4th during the festivals to avoid the big crowds.

The WWII museum was amazing. The submarine experience was not worth it, but the "4d" beyond all boundaries was. I even teared up at the end.

I would definitely come back, but could not imagine it on Mardi Gras or any other major event/festival. The architecture is cute and spaces in the French Quarter are charming and beautiful. The French Market was really nice and fun. The humidity is bad like Houston, but it's tolerable and not as hot temperature wise.

I'm sure there is a lot more to see and do and I would to come back and experience it. I guess I'm getting older, and although I do enjoy some clubs, I much prefer a relaxed courtyard with jazz playing in the background than the deafening sound of rap or techno while being nearly thrown up on and a homeless dude screaming in your face about the differences of Scott & E-trade.

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I love NOLA but totally agree with you about Bourbon Street. It attracts the sleaziest people in the world.

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I'm not going to try to pretend that Bourbon street is clean, but I don't find it that disgusting. Maybe I set my standards pretty low, having been for Mardi Gras, Halloween, New Years. My days of actually partying there are long gone, but last year I took my cousin (22) there for his first trip to NOLA so we had to wander Bourbon. We enjoyed just wandering through, grabbing drinks to go. Pat O'Brien's is a nice place if you need to sit or use the restroom without dealing with the riff raff. They sweep the streets nightly I believe, and try to keep it presentable for the tourists and families during the day.

 

I usually stay and stick around Frenchman Street, and try to make it uptown for a meal and maybe a concert. But always at least just walk through Bourbon to witness some craziness.

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So I came to New Orleans for the 4th of July/my birthday weekend and I have a few observations.....

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Try a trip to Savannah. All of the history w/o the smell of pee and vomit. 

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Ironically the one time I went to Savannah my friend vomitted and I had to clean it up.

 

Not sure how you came up with Savannah, its a fine city but not really comparable to New Orleans in regards to culture, food, scene, history, etc.

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The only place with the same amount of vomit on the streets is Aberdeen, Scotland, but minus the other smells/land mines.

I went to Savannah in 2002, and from what I remember it was a nice place. (I was only 11). NOLA was our top choice after being to Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio so many times. We almost went to Nashville but I'm glad we didn't because we weren't flying. 13hr drive would not be pleasant feeling the way I feel after a weekend of drinking.

I loved the city of New Orleans, so please don't take me the wrong way, but bourbon was disgusting. Will avoid it at all costs next time. Even my friend that is from NOLA said while on bourbon "I don't miss this place at all".

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I was in Savannah during the St. Patrick's Day celebrations in 2013. That was quite a party. I understand its St. Paddy's Day compares to Chicago's and Boston's in its popularity. The streets of the old town are closed. One buys a wrist band to get in (I. D.'s checked, of course) and then one can walk from bar to bar with an open cup of beer- illegal the rest of the year. Be careful walking on the cobble stones on River Street if you've had a few too many though. You could twist an ankle or worse.

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New Orleans is my favorite US city to visit.

The OP is right,  Mardi Gras is a lot more  packed than July 4th but it is usually much cooler so more tolerable.  I have vids just of the trash generated by mardi gras but thankfully have not encountered poop on the street.

 

Savannah is one of my favorite cities but no where near comparable to Nola in terms of history,  culture or fun in general. 

 

Oh and the fid on NOLA for me was rarely a miss. Almost everything I tried was a hit.  Even the fast food. 

 

Best burger I had was one at a place called City Diner. It was called a cajun burger. The patty was stuffed with andouille sausage. 

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