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Mardi Gras New Orleans


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To protect both residents and visitors to New Orleans, the city has taken steps to slow the spread of COVID-19. On March 16, the mayor announced that bars, casinos, malls, gyms and theaters will remain closed. Some attractions are making the decision to close as well. Restaurants are open for take-out or delivery only. While hotel restaurants are closed, room service and pick-up is available, depending the property.

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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!

video icon Parade Videos & Much More! 

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

Join Krewe de Pink at the Pink Bra Run

Join Krewe de Pink at the Pink Bra Run

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Throw Me Something, Bunny!

Throw Me Something, Bunny!

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Keep the party going, check out St. Patrick’s day parade  

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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