Party On! 6 New Orleans Homes on Mardi Gras Parade Routes

Fat Tuesday is here. The poles have been greased, the crowds have massed, and the parades are rolling.

If you were in the Crescent City right now, you could be out on the street shouting, "Throw me something, mister!" 'til your voice gives out.

Or you could actually own a piece of awesomeness in New Orleans -- a house right on the parade route. Your own private place to rain beads down on passers-by. A porch perfect for watching the floats roll by. A front-row, eye-in-the-sky view of Mardi Gras.

Feeling jealous? Yeah, it's a bit too late for this year, but Carnival will come around again before you know it. Buy one of these houses now, and you'll be sitting pretty (and comfortably) next time out.

2503 St Charles Ave

Price: $2,200,000

The big beads: With a second-story balcony, this lovingly restored Garden District mansion is the perfect spot to catch one of the famous shoes from the all-female Krewe of Muses. The home also has oodles of historic details, an additional two-bedroom apartment, and a carriage house.

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4010 St Charles Ave

Price: $1,670,000

The big beads: Once the private residence of 1880s architect Thomas Sully, this updated Garden District mansion has a chef's kitchen, a heated pool, and the perfect porch for inviting all your friends and family to gather for Zulu on Mardi Gras day.

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711 Royal St Apt J

Price: $2,600,000

The big beads: If living in a painstakingly preserved circa 1816 French Quarter home with exposed beam ceilings and brick walls isn't enticing enough, you also get a balcony overlooking the Krewe du Vieux parade, so you can kick off Carnival with a heaping dose of adult humor.

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2538 Chartres St

Price: $485,000

The big beads: Looking for something a little funkier? This classic Marigny shotgun built in 1916 has been converted into a modern single-family home with a loft space, industrial finishes, and stained concrete floors. And you'll be right in the path of New Orleans' funkiest parade -- namely, the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus, "saving the galaxy one drunken nerd at a time."

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1314 Napoleon Ave Unit 16

Price: $4,400,000

The big beads: Don't want to fuss with yardwork and home maintenance at your dream vacation home? Buy a condo. A prime example is this extra-large unit that used to be a historic church. (Seriously, we went there.) It also happens to be right on the Rex parade route, so you'll get a front-row view of one of the oldest parades in the city.

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910 Orleans Ave

Price: $1,875,000

The big beads: This immaculately restored Creole mansion has everything that makes French Quarter architecture unique. An exposed brick quarter yard, rows of french doors, high ceilings, and wood-burning fireplaces. It also has a front-row seat to one of New Orleans' most unique parades: Barkus the all-dog parade.