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Mardi Gras New Orleans

 
 THE PARADE STARTS HERE!

COVID-19 Update

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.

We love our city and the people who visit here and want to keep you safe. For updates, text COVIDNOLA to tel:888777 or go to http://ready.nola.gov


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 MardiGrasNewOrleans.com – 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

New Orleans Says Good-bye to Mr. Mardi Gras

New Orleans Says Good-bye to Mr. Mardi Gras

They’re Wearing Mardi Gras Beads at the Pearly Gates. Blaine Kern created Rex's Boeuf Gras float in 1959. On Thursday, June 25, 2020, New Orleans lost “Mr. Mardi Gras,” famous parade/float designer Blaine… Read More

Keep the Mask On! Support The Wild Magnolias During the Pandemic

Keep the Mask On! Support The Wild Magnolias During the Pandemic

Covid-19 Affects Beloved Mardi Gras Indian Tribe. Big Chief Bo Dollis of The Wild Magnolias. Yeah, New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz. Yeah, our festivals are the best in the world. Yeah, nobody makes gumbo and red beans an… Read More

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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