My husband & I always go to the parades in nola on the Sunday before mardi gras day, and this year I'll be 20 weeks pregnant. I don't want to break the tradition, but I'd like to be a little more cautious than in previous years. We usually walk around St. Charles & then to the quarter area- so tons of walking, trying to cut back on that & cut back on getting squished in between people. Should we buy tickets in the grandstands? Try to find a balcony to stand on? Any idea where to find a balcony for a reasonable price?