Faubourg Marigny is a welcoming area with many tasty options for bars and cafés. In addition to its festivals, the area has many charming qualities. For a taste of the local culture, you can check out the live music and jazz scene.
Get to the museum in the morning if you want the chance to make your own mask, as the activity stops at 4pm. After that you can learn some Mardi Gras history and get pictures of some incredible contemporary floats, including a giant King Kong
There are a number of tours around the cemetery and you'll need to be with an official tour guide to gain entry. Look out for Voodoo priestess Marie Laveau's final resting place as well as Nicholas Cage's pyramid plot