I've read threads about Mardi Gras/Carnival and think we might look at travelling Thur-Sun 2/21-2-24 to enjoy the second to last weekend. Does this timeframe make sense?
For us being first timers, would you recommend we stay in the French Quarter? We're open to hotels or AirBnbs.
Is a car necessary to get around? I'd rather save the cost and parking fees if it's not needed for the entire trip.
Are there any neighborhoods you would avoid to either stay in or visit in the immediate area to the French Quarter? I've seen some AirBnBs across the river near Algiers Point that look interesting but I'm totally unfamiliar with the area.