First an addendum to yesterday. On our way out to dinner later on we happened to get to the street outside the hotel in time to see a wedding parade complete with a marching band playing jazz. They had a police escort at each end. The bride had a white umbrella and the groom had a dark one, matching their clothes. All of the wedding party and guests were waving white handkerchiefs at the crowd that as gathered along the sidewalks to watch. They were en route from the ceremony to the reception.
After a second very ordinary breakfast at our hotel (it's free, and just as well, as that's about what it's worth), we headed out to the Riverwalk Mall. It was a pleasant walk in the much nicer, mild weather. Forecast for 19 today. The mall is a new factory outlet complex alongside the Mississippi River where the cruise chips dock for New Orleans. There were two docked today, Carnival Dream and Norwegian Dawn. Darlene scored some bag bargains at Coach and did some more shopping at Forever 21 then we shared a deluxe sundae on the balcony overlooking the dock.
On our way back from the mall we stopped at Harrah's Casino. We each put a dollar in a slot machine. Mine lasted a bit longer but the ultimate result was never in doubt We had a bite of lunch at the Casino then stopped at the hotel to drop off our purchases before returning to the French Quarter on our way to Louis Armstrong Park. There were a few groups of people hanging around in the park. We did a quick stroll through took some photos and headed back to the French Quarter. We stopped and listened to a jazz band playing in the street on the way back and stopped at Starbucks too.
Upon arriving at the hotel we arranged a 6am taxi for the morning so we can catch our 7.45 am flight to Dallas en route to Cancun and ultimately Cozumel. We will eat out tonight but turn in early ready for the early start. We are mostly packed and looking forward to seeing our Daughters tomorrow when we get there.