My husband and I will be visiting New Orleans for the first time and it just so happens to be Mardi Gras! Now that is not the only reason for the trip, it has been on my bucket list of places to see and the timing just happened to be during Mardi Gras so that's a bonus! We plan on driving out to Oak Alley plantation one day. And I have booked a tour of the Garden District/Lafayette Cemetery. Any other recommendations on things to do/see, any certain parades going on those days that are a must see? I'm concerned about transportation, staying at La Quinta will we be able to park the car and walk to the French Quarter, and would we need to use the streetcar to get to the Garden District or any other places you might suggest? I only know suburban living, so any tips for getting around the city would be appreciated!