Evansville, IN CityWideParty!

Tips for your Evansville, IN vacation

Well, now that you’ve decided to make it to our city wide party for Leukemia Awareness, here are just a few tips to help your stay be a pleasant one.

Book your hotel far enough in advance to get the most competitive prices.

Check out some of the site attractions Early so you’ll know what to see while you’re here:

Mall, Casino, LST Ship, Hotels Overlooking River, find out what’s happening at the Ford Center.

There will be a listing of different parties all over the city.

Give us an idea of what type things you like and we’ll personally try to find those venues for you. Kind of like your own personal travel agent.

Plan ahead: Many of the Evansville, IN hotels  will require 4 or 5-day minimum stays, and they steadily book blocks of rooms beginning in August.                                                   Make your reservations now!

Okay, so it’s January, and you decide you want to come to the City Wide Leukemia Awareness Party!   …should you try?

Yes! It really is worth it.

Hotels are often booked by December, so reserve your rooms ahead of time. Check out recommended hotels close to the action or with City Wide Party Packages. If they are sold out, many hotels we also recommend are listed on the hotels page but they don’t all have the deals we recommend. Call early to get the best prices and promotionals.

Don’t wait until January!

Waiting to make reservations usually isn’t a good idea if you have already definitely decided to enjoy Evansville, IN Leukemia City Wide Party.   You don’t want to come to Evansville, IN looking for a room during Sept. because there are so many things going on and too many people from around the world will be here.

Plan Your Transportation!

If you are driving in for the day from a suburban or tri state hotel, some of the hotels along the parades or block parties during Leukemia Awareness City Wide Party! week, might be closed to vehicular traffic. Only hotel guests with special parking passes can get by the police barricades. Off-site commercial parking lots can be expensive and fill up fast, so get there early! Make sure you know how far away your hotel will be, and remember: taxicabs and busses will be more difficult to find at this time of year though we will make every effort to make it easier on you. Just let us know ahead of time what we can do to help.

If you stay in an outlying or out of state hotel, you can’t depend on them to supply you with transportation to the City Wide Party, events or the parade routes. We are working on having shuttles and busses to the City Wide Party events.     However, at this point be in control of your transportation. Traffic during the City Wide Party might be congested, and standard routes are often barricaded to redirect the traffic flow.  Stay tuned to this site and we’ll direct you as things proceed. Also stay connected to our email and web conferences.

Public transportation might be difficult during the Leukemia Awareness City Wide Party and bus routes and schedules may change during the week, so plan ahead, and make sure you know when and how will get around the city to enjoy all the parties!

Bicycles provide a great means of transportation in areas where cars are not allowed or parking is too difficult. Just be sure to be cautious when you get into the big crowds, and bring a chain to lock up your bike when you’re not using it.

Watch out for parking tickets during Mardi Gras Parade and Parties around the city!

Do not double-park or park in driveways, on neutral grounds (medians), in front of water hydrants, within 15 feet of curb corners, too far from the curb, or on the parade route within 3 hours of a parade! Your car will get towed away and/or you’ll receive a fines you don’t want to have to deal with.

Get there early!

Parade routes and Block parties can look empty one moment, but the crowd size can swell fast within an hour or two of the parade, making that front-row spot four or five people deep. For the biggest parades rolling in the evenings on the weekend before the Leukemia Awareness City Wide Party!, plan to get there about 1 hour ahead of time to get a good spot!

We’ll be setting up for the parade at 8:00am for registration and sign up from all vendors, parade groups, businesses and more. Friday, Sept. 12 and 6:00am Sat., Sept. 13th for the parade.

Respect the police!

These guys are overworked during City Wide Party! They are the world’s best Police (we are a little biased) and during City Wide Party!, they have to be tolerant of usually unacceptable behavior. Long shifts, parade duty, drunks, traffic accidents, lost kids, fights, rowdy crowds, nuisance complaints and a myriad of other incidents keep them busy 24 hours a day. If an officer tells you to do something, please respect their authority and cooperate they are asking you to do something to help your experience be the best!

We’re not sure yet if it’s okay to consume beer openly on the streets (as long as it’s in a can or cup; no glass or bottles) but we’ll keep everyone updated as the information comes through.   NOTE: However, there is a drinking age and it is enforced. Don’t get overly drunk, be obnoxious, or behave irrationally in public; it is not amusing to police, and is a very easy way to get arrested. If anyone told you that’s what Evansville, IN is about, they were wrong. We respect our city and families here. We don’t tolerate foolishness. We do enjoy having fun.

Dress in costume!

It’s the one time of the year when you can dress up as anything imaginable (within reason) REMEMBER this is PG rating and children and elderly will be there too, please respect families! There are contests for costumes in every part of the city, and the crowd-watching is as much fun as the parades! Bring an inexpensive camera, one you won’t worry about losing, or need to protect.

HINT: State themed costumes will be in the parade. GOAL: Groups from all 50 states will be represented. CONTEST: Which state has the most participants.

START INVITING NOW.   PLAN YOUR VACATION in Evansville, IN that week to enjoy parties all around the city.

If your cancer team, band, music group, dance team, boy/girl scout group, etc. is interested, come on! the more the merrier.

Check the weather forecast.

It can be very warm or it can be very cold. Whether or not your in costume, it is a day outdoors, so plan accordingly: wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and layered clothing.

Catch Mardi Gras throws!

Enjoy jumping up to catch beads, doubloons, cups, stuffed animals–whatever! Yell at the float riders “Throw me something, Mister!” Bring a large, sturdy plastic or cloth bag to hold all the treasure you’ll be catching – if you try to put all of your beads around your neck, you’ll have a hard time standing up straight! Be prepared: some people get so overcome with excitement they will occasionally jump in front of you to grab what a rider has thrown to you. Don’t get into a tug-o-war; there are many more floats on the way! Some visitors from far away hold up a sign saying where they are from: our local riders love to see that people from out of town have a good time, and will throw to them to make sure they do!

Don’t reach down to pick up beads, doubloons, etc.

Don’t reach down to pick up beads, doubloons, etc. unless you are very careful! I guarantee your fingers will never be the same! Put your foot on it, and when it’s safe (between floats), you can bend down to pick it up. Everyone who grew up in this area knows how dangerous it can be; kids just have to have those throws and they’re not thinking about the next float!

Do NOT run into the street!

Do not run into the street between floats for a trinket! Floats cannot stop on a dime, and accidents have occurred. Wanna get chased by a cop? Just jump over a barricade, get in a band’s way or start marching in it, aggravate anyone in the marching units or hang on a float, and you are sure to be arrested!

Be careful near the floats!

You may decide to put your child or your wife on your shoulders so they can catch special throws from the costumed riders. But be careful, the crowds can swell forward suddenly and unexpectedly, making it easy to get knocked over. Make sure your children do not get too close to the floats when reaching for throws!

Bring the family!

The city and suburban parades are for families. Bring blankets and coolers, lunch or supper, bbq grill, whatever, and get there early to enjoy the day! As parade time nears, the crowd will gather everywhere, and you’ll have to put up the blankets, ice chest, and other items because people might have a tendancy to step on your items trying to jump for beads.

Plan your meals ahead!

Restaurants on the parade route are usually full on the nights of the most popular parades and on Mardi Gras day, so make your plans early with those that accept reservations. If they don’t, plan to wait a while to get a table, eat street vendor food, or pack your own snacks and sandwiches–it will be a long day, so plan ahead! Also, bring wet wipes or tissues with you to clean up before eating. Your hands will get very dirty, and it won’t be easy to find a sink and soap. Public toilets are available, but they are crowded and not usually very clean.

Practice ladder safety!

Ladders are popular and a great way for a good view…but if you bring a ladder, it has to be behind a barricade or as far away from the street as the ladder’s height in the event that the ladder is knocked over. Many people have built seats on the top of their ladders so their children will have a great view!

Have a meeting place!

Mardi Gras is huge. Thousands of people are on the street, and it is very easy to get separated. Make sure everyone knows where to meet in case anyone gets lost; and give your children notecards with your name, address, hotel phone numbers, and pre-arranged meeting place on them just in case. Instruct your children to go a police officer if they become lost–officers know what to do, and will return your child quickly.

Do not take your children to the French Quarter during Mardi Gras!

Although this is the area highlighted by the news media, it really has nothing to do with the Mardi Gras celebration. Those of us who grew up here often felt guilty going to parades once we were a little older, and couldn’t wait to have kids so we’d have an excuse to go! Unfortunately, the media often presents Mardi Gras from the French Quarter, where no parades occur.

At this time of year, it is simply an adult area where the risque’ behavior of many visitors to Mardi Gras is tolerated; i.e., revealing costumes and flashing for beads. You do NOT even have to visit the French Quarter to totally enjoy Mardi Gras in New Orleans as the rest of us locals do!

Be careful!

If you visit the Quarter at night during Mardi Gras, hide your wallets well–even the front pocket doesn’t work!–and wear shoes that can get dirty. Don’t wear expensive jewelry, and don’t carry a purse. Make sure you get a bathroom pass or wear your wristband if you’re staying in a French Quarter hotel.

With the rise of iPhones and other valuable smartphones, keep on the watch for theft. Phones are easily stolen from unwary paradegoers while walking and texting. Keep your phones in your pockets or purses unless you are talking.

Watch the parades!

The best part of the celebration takes place on the parade route watching the crowds and the floats pass by. You can also enjoy special packages put together by businesses along the parade route, offering food and a front-row spot for the passing parade. Or, enjoy celebrity entertainment parties after some of the biggest parades, which travel along beautiful St. Charles Avenue, where the parade first rolls.

No risque’ behavior elsewhere!

You may see some people get carried away outside of the French Quarter–this is not a good idea! The police will politely remind them that they are in a family area, and if they don’t stop, they can be arrested. You should also be careful: it is distracting to kids and some adults. I know a man very well who decided to take a picture and was hit in the head by a float. 🙂


It is a festive time in New Orleans! During the day, listen to jazz musicians as you shop the French Quarter, the Riverwalk and the Brewery, or see the Aquarium (check out NewOrleansCoupons.com for discount coupons for riverboat cruises, New Orleans attractions and restaurants). Before you know it, it’s time for a night parade!


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