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NBA All-Star Game Falls on First Major Parade Weekend 2017

August 25, 2016 | Posted in: News
As you may have heard, New Orleans will host the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, Sunday, February 19 (yay!) You may have also noticed that's the first major parade weekend during Mardi Gras. St. C… » Read More


Learn About Mardi Gras All Year Long!

July 21, 2016 | Posted in: News
Mardi Gras 2016 has long since come and gone, and Mardi Gras 2017 is still MONTHS away –but that doesn’t mean the spirit of Mardi Gras can’t be found around town throughout the ye… » Read More


Mardi Gras 2016 a huge success by anybody's estimation

March 16, 2016 | Posted in: News
All of America has Christmas and Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day and the Fourth of July.  But only New Orleans has the one and only world-famous Mardi Gras.  The 2016 installment wa… » Read More


What To Do With Surplus Mardi Gras Beads

February 5, 2016 | Posted in: News
After mister throws you something, where do Mardi Gras beads go? Sure you keep some for souvenirs, but every year 25 million pounds of used Mardi Gras beads are thrown away. Save the commemorative … » Read More


#ThrowbackThursday: Police Officer Doing the Wobble at Parade

January 21, 2016 | Posted in: News
#ThrowbackThursday: New Orleans police officers were filmed dancing to 'Wobble Baby' by V.I.C. during a 2014 Mardi Gras parade through Mid-City. We can't wait to see what fun happe… » Read More


Family Gras in Mardi Gras Plaza

January 14, 2016 | Posted in: News
You may not think Mardi Gras is a time for family fun, but it is. Mardi Gras doesn’t always equal Bourbon Street. Besides the parades in Uptown, which are family friendly, there is an eve… » Read More


A refresher on the new Mardi Gras parade rules

January 14, 2016 | Posted in: News
The first full weekend of Mardi Gras parades has come and gone.  A lot of beads were thrown, a lot of beads were caught, and a lot of fun was had. While out on the parade route this w… » Read More


A Whole Festival Dedicated to King Cake

January 11, 2016 | Posted in: News
In New Orleans, we love food and any reason to celebrate, and Mardi Gras season has given us one more reason. That’s right, the second annual King Cake festival is happening Sunday, January 3… » Read More


Mardi Gras: Trash Determines Success?

February 18, 2015 | Posted in: News
“Closing time – you don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here!” The Semi-Sonic song rarely has any meaning on Bourbon Street, but early this morning it did.  … » Read More


Pick Up Mardi Gras Swag, Win a 2-Night Stay

January 29, 2015 | Posted in: News
Bring on the celebrations—because Mardi Gras season has arrived! It’s a time to eat, drink, and be merry as parades roll through the streets complete with live music and fun throws! Thi… » Read More


The Late Chief Bo Dollis Celebrated

January 29, 2015 | Posted in: News
Photo courtesy: The Historic Carver Theater Facebook  Join the Historic Carver Theater as the community honors the late Big Chief Bo Dollis Friday, January 30. Public visitation will be h… » Read More


Dierks Bentley Headlines Lundi Gras

December 15, 2014 | Posted in: News
Everyone look out for Dierks Bentley at Lundi Gras. That’s right, he’s the headliner for Orpheuscapade. The Krewe of Orpheus announced the Grammy Award nominee will perform during the cele… » Read More


Krewe of Endymion to feature Luke Bryan

December 8, 2014 | Posted in: News
Mardi Gras is just around the corner, and the big event is going to be even bigger this year! One of New Orleans biggest parades, the Krewe of Endymion, will feature a nighttime performance from one o… » Read More


John C. Reilly Will Reign as Bacchus XLVI

November 18, 2014 | Posted in: News
With Mardi Gras three short months away, we have an exciting announcement about one of New Orleans premiere parades. According to Fox 8, actor/comedian John C. Reilly . The Academy Award-winning Reill… » Read More


The Value of Mardi Gras Parade Packages

November 12, 2014 | Posted in: News
Mardi Gras is just over three months away! If you’re attending, your planning should be well underway. One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is “Should we invest in para… » Read More


Party with the Krewe of Boo parade this Halloween

October 23, 2014 | Posted in: News
While Mardi Gras is still a few months away, the Big Easy will get a taste of our favorite season with a top-notch carnival style parade through the French Quarter this Halloween.  New Orl… » Read More


Free doughnuts (and other ideas) for Mardi Gras beads

March 25, 2014 | Posted in: News
Still have a lot of beads left over from Mardi Gras? Before you add them to your beads stash in the attic, consider this: Krispy Kreme at 825 Clearview Parkway, Metairie is offering a dozen free dou… » Read More


Mardi Gras 2014 photo contest winner announced!

March 20, 2014 | Posted in: News
That's a wrap! After going through tons of photos submitted by Mardi Gras goers, we have finally picked the winner of our Mardi Gras 2014 Photo Contest.  Congratulations to Etio H, who… » Read More


Tips for going to Mardi Gras parades in the rain

February 26, 2014 | Posted in: News
Mardi Gras parades roll whether the sun is shining or the clouds are pouring buckets of water. Unless it's a flooding monson of rain or there's lightning in the air, the show will go o… » Read More


Getting Around New Orleans During Mardi Gras

February 21, 2014 | Posted in: News
New Orleans is a pretty popular place around Carnival season. Hotels fill-up, relatives you haven’t heard from for a year call and ask if they can sleep on your couch, etc. Come Mardi Gras, s… » Read More


We Want Your Best Mardi Gras Photos - 2014 Photo Contest

February 19, 2014 | Posted in: News
With the parades beginning to roll down St. Charles Avenue, it's time for the third annual Mardi Gras Photo Contest. Mardi Gras is the perfect backdrop for photographers. Fabulous costumes … » Read More


Restaurants open during Mardi Gras 2014

February 18, 2014 | Posted in: News
Finding a restaurant to open Mardi Gras can be tricky. Finding one without a line is almost impossible. Still, if you can’t pack a lunch or if you need a place to grab dinner, here&r… » Read More


Countdown to Mardi Gras: Celebrity sightings, parade changes & more

February 5, 2014 | Posted in: News
It’s the final countdown! Mardi Gras is just around the corner (March 4) and the first parades are warming up now, ready to roll in a little bit more than two weeks. In other words, thing… » Read More


It's Carnival Time!

January 6, 2014 | Posted in: News
It’s Carnival time! That’s right – today is the day that Carnival season kicks off, which means parades, King Cakes, and a whole lot of celebration. To kick off the season, th… » Read More


New parade rules in 2014?

December 19, 2013 | Posted in: News
If City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell gets her way, you might notice a few changes at the Mardi Gras parades in 2014.  The Councilwoman, whose district includes much of the Uptown parade routes… » Read More


Krewe of Thor and Guardians of Atlantis cancel 2014 Mardi Gras parades

November 14, 2013 | Posted in: News
Mardi Gras lovers hoping to watch the The Krewe of Thor and the Guardians of Atlantis parades this year are about to be sorely disappointed; the two krewes have both canceled their parades due to l… » Read More


Mardi Gras masks are tradition. But why?

November 7, 2013 | Posted in: News
Mardi Gras and masks go together like peanut butter and jelly; it’s hard to think about one without the other. Whether they cover the wearer’s eyes or whole face, masks add an element o… » Read More


Krewe of Boo: Halloween Parade

October 10, 2013 | Posted in: News
Throw me somethin’, Monster! For those of you who can’t wait for Mardi Gras to roll around in March, or for those that love the ghosts and goblins of Halloween, I have a parade for… » Read More


Bring your kids to Mardi Gras. Yes, seriously.

September 26, 2013 | Posted in: News
One of the most frequently asked questions we get here at MardiGrasNewOrleans.com is, “Can I bring my kids?”   It’s not a surprising question considering Mardi Gras is la… » Read More


The best places to stay during Mardi Gras

September 12, 2013 | Posted in: News
Mardi Gras may not be for another five months or so, but hotels are already beginning to fill up. If you haven’t started planning your trip already, now is the time. With so many hot… » Read More


200 Days Until Mardi Gras

August 14, 2013 | Posted in: News
Are you ready? Mardi Gras 2014, Tuesday, March 4 is exactly 200 days away! I know I am! I’ve been ready since 48 hours after last truck parade rolled down St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras da… » Read More


More Mardi Gras Parade Routes?

July 11, 2013 | Posted in: News
I don’t know about you, but I’m already counting down the days to Mardi Gras 2014. I can’t wait to take out my old Schwegmann or K&B shopping to collect beads and my favorite t… » Read More


Mardi Gras 2013 Photo Contest Winners

March 13, 2013 | Posted in: News
Mardi Gras 2013 will forever hold a special place in my heart. It was a truly amazing carnival season, picturesque and breathtaking. Thank you to everyone that shared their photographs fro… » Read More


Catch And Release: What To Do With Your Leftover Beads

February 19, 2013 | Posted in: News
Hopefully by now, you’re feeling completely recovered from Mardi Gras. I know that it took me a few days to start feeling human again and catch up on all of the sleep I missed. Of course, it … » Read More


Mardi Gras 2013 Highlights And Wrap-Up

February 13, 2013 | Posted in: News
  It’s safe to say that no matter how you look at it, Mardi Gras 2013 was an amazing and exciting carnival season, even with a break for a week in between because of the Super Bowl. … » Read More


2013 Mardi Gras Weather Updates

February 11, 2013 | Posted in: News
The weather is not cooperating this year. Rain and threats of severe weather have forced some parades to change their schedules and two parades in the suburb of Metairie were canceled altogether. … » Read More


Mardi Gras Parades Super Bowl Weekend (February 1-2)

January 31, 2013 | Posted in: News
  Because of the Super Bowl festivities the New Orleans Mardi Gras krewes are taking the weekend off.  However, that doesn’t mean that there’s parades this weekend. If you&… » Read More


Mardi Gras Photo Contest Reminder

January 29, 2013 | Posted in: News
The parades in New Orleans are taking a break this weekend because of the Super Bowl being in town, but I wanted to give you a friendly reminder about the Mardi Gras Photo Contest. You won't be… » Read More


Surviving The Mardi Gras Bathroom Crisis

January 22, 2013 | Posted in: News
There’s many awesome, magical and spectacular things about the Mardi Gras parades. However, one of the not so awesome things about Mardi Gras is the bathroom situation. Whether you’… » Read More


2013 Mardi Gras Photo Contest

January 15, 2013 | Posted in: News
I hope you have your camera ready! New Orleans’s Mardi Gras is one the most photographed celebrations in the world and I have a feeling whether it’s your first carnival or your thirty-f… » Read More


2013 Mardi Gras Parade Packages

January 10, 2013 | Posted in: News
The celebration and excitement that is Mardi Gras is almost here, but it’s not too late to reserve a parade package at some of the best New Orleans venues that include food, drinks and probabl… » Read More


Hotel Rooms Still Available In New Orleans For Mardi Gras And Super Bowl

January 8, 2013 | Posted in: News
Yup, you read that right. If you hurry, there are still rooms available for Mardi Gras in New Orleans. I know, I was as surprised as you are, but you better hurry. I promise that these rooms will d… » Read More


America's got Talent Coming To New Orleans

January 4, 2013 | Posted in: News
Have a talent? Going to be in New Orleans for Mardi Gras? It might be worthwhile to plan on sticking around for a couple extra days. Why? Because America’s Got Talent is holding audit… » Read More


Must See And Do Things In New Orleans During Mardi Gras

December 21, 2012 | Posted in: News
Coming down to the Big Easy for Mardi Gras? There’s so much to see and do in New Orleans wherever you turn during the carnival season. The parades are just half of the fun, there's great … » Read More


How To Stay Up To Date With Mardi Gras News

December 14, 2012 | Posted in: News
Mardi Gras is right around the corner. It's less than sixty days away! Right after Christmas and New Year’s, it’s practically Mardi Gras season. To help you get ready for Mar… » Read More


Harry Connick Jr, Cowboy Mouth And More Join The Mardi Gras Celebration

December 6, 2012 | Posted in: News
With Mardi Gras a little bit more than two months away, news, updates and information is starting to come in on a steady basis from the parading Krewes and festival organizers. You can stay up to d… » Read More


World's Largest Mardi Gras Bead Mosaic

November 30, 2012 | Posted in: News
One New Orleans artist, Stephan Wagner is re-using Mardi Gras to make the world’s largest Mardi Gras Bead Mosaic. The first bead was placed on the mural 42 foot long mural, the plan is to… » Read More


World's Largest Mardi Gras Float And Kelly Clarkson

November 12, 2012 | Posted in: News
Who’s ready for Mardi Gras?  I’m counting down the days (91 days, 12 hours, and 22 minutes at the time of this writing). You can tell Mardi Gras is getting closer when it starts ap… » Read More


And the Votes are in: New Orleans Named Top U.S. Destination!

September 25, 2012 | Posted in: News
With Mardi Gras 2013 and Super Bowl XLVII running consecutive weeks, there may not be a more exciting time in the near future to visit the city of New Orleans (That's assuming your preffer… » Read More


Ash Wednesday Signals the End of 2012 Mardi Gras

February 22, 2012 | Posted in: News
Mardi Gras is officially over, and 2012 was an absolute blast. Plenty of celebrities ventured through the streets of fair New Orleans, and massive crowds from around the world joined us in our annu… » Read More


Endymion Parade Rescheduled for 5:30 without the Canal Street Loop

February 18, 2012 | Posted in: News
The current status of the parade is that it plans to roll at 5:30pm and will skip the Canal street loop. Riders are in the Superdome right now, waiting to board the busses to the parade's start… » Read More


New Orleans Weather Could Shift Parade Schedule

February 17, 2012 | Posted in: News
**Update: It's confirmed that uptown parades are rolling 30 minutes earlier on Friday, February 17th. Krewe of Hermes at 5:30, Krewe D'Etat at 6:00, and Krewe of Morpheus at 6:30. Storm… » Read More


Restaurants Open on Mardi Gras Day

February 17, 2012 | Posted in: News
Nothing makes you hungrier than catching beads all day at the parades!   We asked the restaurants on NewOrleansRestaurants.com if they were going to be open on Mardi Gras day. Here is … » Read More


Krewe of Rex Updates Parade Route for 2012

February 13, 2012 | Posted in: News
The Krewe of Rex updates its parade route for the first time in decades. Mardi Gras 2012 is in full swing, and New Orleans and the surrounding areas are having a blast so far. Parade attendees … » Read More


Family Gras 2012

February 10, 2012 | Posted in: News
The world often thinks of Mardi Gras as an adults-only party that centers around Mardi Gras day, but New Orleans and the surrounding areas want everyone to be able to participate in the revelry. … » Read More


Celebrate Mardi Gras 2012 at the Bombay Club

January 23, 2012 | Posted in: News
Do you know where you're spending Mardi Gras day? If you're still looking for a base of operations in the French Quarter, check out the Bombay Club close to the corner of Conti Street and D… » Read More


Celebrities in Mardi Gras 2012

January 12, 2012 | Posted in: News
No Mardi Gras would be complete without its share of celebrities in the parades, and 2012 does not disappoint. Will Ferrell, Bret Michaels, Cyndi Lauper, Maroon 5, Anderson Cooper, and Patricia… » Read More


Finding the Best King Cakes at BestKingCakes.com

June 14, 2011 | Posted in: News
Everybody knows that one of the best parts about Mardi Gras is the king cakes! With endless variations on the delicious dessert, king cakes are a much anticipated treat. Whether you purchase ki… » Read More


Making Plans for Mardi Gras 2012 at the Bourbon Vieux

April 13, 2011 | Posted in: News
It's never too early to start thinking about next year's Mardi Gras, right? The Bourbon Vieux has made tickets available for pre-sale for Mardi Gras 2012, and you have the opportunity to sa… » Read More


Congratulations to our Mardi Gras Photo Contest Winner

April 12, 2011 | Posted in: News
Congratulations to Richard Martin, his photo from St. Anne Parade is our 2011 Mardi Gras Photo Contest Winner! You have won a one night stay at the Maison Dupuy Hotel in the French Quarter. … » Read More


Mardi Gras 2011 in Photos

March 9, 2011 | Posted in: News
Take a look back at Mardi Gras 2011 in our Photo Gallery. View the fun and beauty of Mardi Gras in the French Quarter as well as the Krewe of Zulu passing through the neighborhood of Treme.  R… » Read More


Mardi Gras Safety Tips

March 4, 2011 | Posted in: News
The New Orleans Police want you to enjoy Mardi Gras 2011. Since Mardi Gras is later in the year and corresponds with many universities' spring breaks, this could be one of the most popular Carn… » Read More


Last Minute Mardi Gras Tips

March 3, 2011 | Posted in: News
With over 30 parades scheduled for within the next five days, residents and visitors to New Orleans can practically run into a parade route at every turn. With the heavy traffic in the city, be sur… » Read More


Going Mobile: Check Parade Routes from Your Phone

February 25, 2011 | Posted in: News
Heading to any Mardi Gras parades this weekend? Check out the newly launched mobile-version of MardiGrasNewOrleans.com from your cellphone for quick access to all parade schedules and routes! While … » Read More


Where to Eat During Mardi Gras

February 24, 2011 | Posted in: News
Coming to Mardi Gras? Did you make dinner reservations? Mardi Gras is an extremely busy time for the city, and several restaurants get booked for large parties during the festivities. These restaur… » Read More


25TH Annual Riverwalk Lundi Gras Celebration to Feature Military Fly-Over

February 9, 2011 | Posted in: News
Riverwalk Marketplace and the Rex Organization celebrate the 25th anniversary of Lundi Gras at Riverwalk with a fly-over by the United States Marine Corps upon Rex's arrival at Riverwalk's … » Read More


Mardi Gras at the Bourbon Vieux

January 17, 2011 | Posted in: News
Have you made your Mardi Gras plans yet? Mardi Gras is one of the biggest parties in the world, with people coming to New Orleans from nations around the globe. Mardi Gras offers a host of par… » Read More


The Holiday Season Means Mardi Gras Is Almost Here!

December 29, 2010 | Posted in: News
Currently, we are in the middle of the winter holidays, midway between Christmas and New Year's. In New Orleans, that can only mean one thing: Mardi Gras is coming! With Mardi Gras parades… » Read More


Video of Drew Brees Presiding Over Bacchus During the 2010 Parade

February 25, 2010 | Posted in: News
Here is video we captured of Saints' quarterback Drew Brees during his reign as Bacchus, in the 2010 Mardi Gras parade. … » Read More


It's Lombardi Gras

February 16, 2010 | Posted in: News
Wow! This is one of the biggest Mardi Gras seasons I've seen in a long time! And every parade has a Saints player ... the entire city is living its dream ... many are calling it "Lombardi G… » Read More


Drew Brees named King Bacchus!

January 25, 2010 | Posted in: News
Drew Brees, the beloved Quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, has two very important dates coming up! Sunday, February 7, he's going to lead the Saints to WIN the SuperBowl!  But … » Read More


2010 Mardi Gras Facts

September 23, 2009 | Posted in: News
Next year, the year 2010, is sure to hold a great deal of excitement and festivities as we celebrate Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras 2010 is going to be an interesting time of celebration. Why? For one thin… » Read More


What Do Indians Have to Do With Mardi Gras?

July 15, 2009 | Posted in: News
For those who aren't familiar with the variety of traditions surrounding Mardi Gras, one of the most colorful and interesting is usually the Mardi Gras Indians. People want to know how it start… » Read More


King Cake and Coffee - Even in July

July 1, 2009 | Posted in: News
There's a lot of rich tradition, history, and religious significance surrounding the customs of Mardi Gras. There's also a lot of fun. While there's really no way to experience the para… » Read More


Notes From Carnival '09

February 28, 2009 | Posted in: News
by Errol LabordeWe came really close to having a perfect Carnival. The krewes did their part (Zulu even ran a little ahead of time). The weather was great. The crowds were large. The parade quality … » Read More


Tell Us About Your Mardi Gras!

February 25, 2009 | Posted in: News
Now that the Carnival season has come to an end, we at MardiGrasNewOrleans.com want to hear about your adventures. Send us your pics, videos, stories and anything else you may have picke… » Read More


The 23rd Annual Lundi Gras at Spanish Plaza

February 16, 2009 | Posted in: News
On Monday, February 23, 2009, Riverwalk Marketplace will host the 23rd annual Lundi Gras at Spanish Plaza with the arrival of Rex, King of Carnival, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. The free celebration will … » Read More


Four Signs that the Carnival Spirit Survives

February 13, 2009 | Posted in: News
By Errol Laborde Carnival is a fragile season that is often threatened, though I am amazed at how the spirit seems to survive. There are signs that people really do care and really want the se… » Read More


October is the Perfect Time to Plan Mardi Gras Costume

October 12, 2008 | Posted in: News
When shopping for your or your loved ones' Halloween costume, be sure to keep in mind that Mardi Gras is right around the corner. Mardi Gras, especially in New Orleans, is a great excuse t… » Read More


Mardi Gras 2009: Don't Miss Out on your Holiday Collectibles!

May 16, 2008 | Posted in: News
Although the next Fat Tuesday is over 9 months away, it can never hurt to plan ahead. Since Mardi Gras is celebrated in only certain places of the world, with each their own tradition, many it… » Read More


Compucast Interactive - Hosting Mardi Gras New Orleans Website

April 29, 2008 | Posted in: News
We want to let you know briefly about Compucast Interactive, the New Orleans-based web design company behind Mardi Gras New Orleans. Compucast designs and hosts sites for many prominent and well-kn… » Read More


Mardi Gras 2008 was early but still great fun for all!

March 13, 2008 | Posted in: News
Mardi Gras Day, 2008, was February 5...the earliest it's been in a very long time and the earliest it will be for quite a while (thank goodness!). Since the nightly parades begin two weeks prio… » Read More


ERROL LABORDE'S COMMENTARY: TWELFTH NIGHT

December 26, 2006 | Posted in: News
New Orleanians who do it right never have to worry about post Christmas letdown. That's because the day that to most of the world is the twelfth and final day of Christmas is recognized here as… » Read More


Let the Parades Begin!

January 16, 2006 | Posted in: News
by Sal Mannino, Staff Writer The sports world has The Super Bowl, The Final Four, The World Series. To New Orleans, Mardi Gras is our biggest event each year. While Mardi Gras can refer to the … » Read More


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