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Mardi Gras New Orleans


Make Like It’s Mardi Gras. Wear a Mask.

New Orleans is currently in Phase II of our reopening with most hotels, restaurants and attractions open with extensive Covid-19 safety measures in place. While we expect to celebrate Mardi Gras in 2021 and are making plans as usual, chances are won’t have a definitive answer from the Mayor's office before early fall. When we know, you’ll be the first to know.

For the latest news on Mardi Gras, go to our What's New section.

What is a Mardi Gras Indian? Where are the best places for families to enjoy the fun? Are there still hotel rooms available? Which krewes have the best throws? What are the chances of catching a Zulu coconut?

You'll find the answers to all these questions and more right here at – your catch-all for everything Carnival. Don your purple, green and gold and join us in New Orleans this February for "The Greatest Free Show on Earth."

Mardi Gras 2021 is Tuesday, February 16. We're counting down the minutes.

Mardi Gras Photo Contest Mardi Gras Photo Contest 

Check out this years contest winners!

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Here you can enjoy some of our favorite video clips from Mardi Gras, including celebrity interviews and the Zulu parade.

Calendar icon 2021 Parade Schedule 

Information and interactive routes for each parade. For family-friendly fun try Family Gras, a FREE celebration of carnival in Metairie with outdoor concerts.

What’s New

Skeletons aren’t just for Halloween

Skeletons aren’t just for Halloween

“If you don’t live right, the Bone Man is commin’ for ya!” What do Mardi Gras and Halloween have in common besides costumes? Skeletons, of course. The Northside Skull and Bone Gang has been a Mardi Gras traditi… Read More

A Little Bit of Mardi Gras in Our Lives

A Little Bit of Mardi Gras in Our Lives

  It's too soon to know whether there will be an official Mardi Gras in 2021 (word is the mayor will make an announcement by November 1), but there is one thing we do know for sure: there will be an unofficial one.   … Read More

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Can’t make it for Mardi Gras?

It’s always Carnival Time at Mardi Gras World, where you can see float makers at work, try on costumes, discover fascinating history – even sample king cake!

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