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Explore New Orleans' Other Wild Side

June 1, 2024 | News
It's more than 200 days until Mardi Gras 2023 but New Orleans is still wild! Until there will be humans reaching for beads again, there will be alligators grabbing for marshmallows (or a bit of ch… » Read More


Metairie parades to return to traditional route in 2025!

March 22, 2024 | News
All Mardi Gras parades in Metairie will roll on their traditional route in 2025! The Jefferson Parish Council announced this week that all Metairie parades will now head east on Veterans from Clearview and take the north loops on Severn and Bonnabel before ending at Martin Behrman.… » Read More


Get Your Pink on for Breast Cancer

April 9, 2024 | News
Join Krewe de Pink for the Annual Pink Bra Run/Bike. Walk or run along the Mississippi River in Old Gretna and enjoy great views. Or ride a bike 8 miles from the Algiers Ferry Landing through Federal City and Algiers Point, joining the Pink Bra Runners for the after party with food, music… » Read More


No Joke: Krewe du Fool Will Roll April 1

March 12, 2024 | News
Little Freddie King will be the Grand Marshall of the 2024 Krewe du Fool April Fool's Day Parade on Monday, April 1. The “Blues King of New Orleans" will be joined by The Revel Force Brass Band as well as the Thurgood… » Read More


Throw Me Something, Bunny!

March 11, 2024 | News
Easter Parades for Families in the French Quarter If you love Mardi Gras-style parades (and who doesn't), head down to the Vieux Carré on Sunday, March 31, for two Easter Parades the who… » Read More


Want More Parades? We Got 'Em!

February 15, 2024 | News
Miss Mardi Gras? Awwwwww. Lucky for you, parades will be rolling in the Big Easy for St. Patrick’s Day and St. Joseph’s Day, and you'll get another chance to see Mardi Gras Indians doi… » Read More


What's that on your forehead? Ash Wednesday in NOLA

February 14, 2024 | News
Mardi Gras 2024 is in the history books and this morning many are going out to get their ashes on Ash Wednesday.    Mardi Gras, French for Fat Tuesday, is also known as Shrove Tuesday… » Read More


The best places to stay during Mardi Gras

January 19, 2024 | News
  Mardi Gras in the French Quarter Mardi Gras is upon us and hotels are already beginning to fill up. If you haven’t started planning your trip already, now is the time. With … » Read More


Two New Parades Will Roll in Jefferson Parish

January 1, 2024 | News
Mardi Gras is filled with history but there’s always something new to experience as well. For instance, in 2024, two new parades will roll in Jefferson Parish. On Monday, February 5 at 6 p.m.… » Read More


2024 Theme & Throw Updates: What's New With Your Favorite Krewes?

December 29, 2023 | News
Mardi Gras may be an ancient celebration but there's always something new to discover. As the krewes announce their 2024 themes, throws and celebrity monarchs and riders, we'll post that infor… » Read More


Mardi Gras Throws 101

December 29, 2023 | News
Throw me something cool, Mister! When we yell “Throw me something, Mister!” at Mardi Gras in New Orleans, we really mean “throw me something cool.” Unlike parades in oth… » Read More


Enter Our 2024 Mardi Gras Photo Contest NOW!

December 28, 2023 | News
Share your Mardi Gras Memories and you could win a free stay in New Orleans!  We will be taking photo entries into our  Annual "Show Us Your Mardi Gras Pics" Photo Contest from Frida… » Read More


Ten Harder-Than-Average Mardi Gras Trivia Questions

December 28, 2023 | News
  Think you know all about Mardi Gras in New Orleans? Give our harder-than-average Mardi Gras Trivia Quiz a shot. If you get stumped, you can find all the answers by reading MardiGrasNewOr… » Read More


Zulu 30th Anniversary Lundi Gras Festival: The Good Times Roll on the River

December 27, 2023 | News
New Orleans always celebrates the start of the week with red beans & rice but, on the day before Mardi Gras, we take Mondays to a whole new level. Head down to Woldenberg Park on Monday, February 12th… » Read More


Who Tossed the First Mardi Gras Throw?

December 8, 2023 | News
Image from the Historic New Orleans Collection We’ll give you a hint. He says, “Heaux. Heaux. Heaux.” According to Carnival historian Errol Laborde, the first reports of it… » Read More


Rocking Around the Mardi Gras Tree.

December 1, 2023 | News
Google “Mardi Gras tree” and you’ll see lots of images of trees along the New Orleans parade routes, dripping with beads that were caught by limbs and not revelers. This isn’t … » Read More


2nd Annual Children's Hospital Holiday Parade Will Roll Dec. 2

October 31, 2023 | News
Be There With Jingle Bells On! The 2nd Annual Children’s Hospital New Orleans Holiday Parade will take place Saturday, December 2 starting at 11 a.m. The festive procession will include 30 fl… » Read More


(A Wee Bit Past) Half-Way to St. Patrick's Day March

October 12, 2023 | News
The Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Parade Club will host its annual (A Wee Bit Past) Halfway to St. Patrick's Day Parade beginning at Noon, Friday October 20, 2023. The fun will b… » Read More


Just Boo It! The 2023 Krewe of Boo Parade

September 5, 2023 | News
  Since 2007, the Krewe of Boo has been the official Halloween Parade in New Orleans. The parade will roll at sunset on Saturday, October 21, 2023, through the French Quarter to the Wareho… » Read More


Somefin Fun for September: Mermaid Parade

August 7, 2023 | News
  Think you need feet to parade? The 1st Annual Krewe du Fool's Mermaid Parade on Saturday, September 2nd at 6 p.m. is about to prove that notion wrong. The krewe, known for their… » Read More


Mardi Gras Day is Every Day at Mardi Gras World

August 1, 2023 | News
In New Orleans, we make history. We make music. We make gumbo, jambalaya and red beans and rice. We make art. And we make Mardi Gras floats. At Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World just up Tchoupitoul… » Read More


Rolllin' in August: Mid-Summer Mardi Gras Parade

July 14, 2023 | News
The Krewe of OAK’s 37th Mid-Summer Mardi Gras will roll Uptown on Saturday, August 26th. The parade will start in front of 8316 Oak Street at 7 p.m. Music and a block party on the 8400 block of … » Read More


Hot Dogs Aren't Just for July 4th

July 1, 2023 | News
  Throw Me A Hot Dog, Mister! Mardi Gras in Shreveport with the Krewe of Highland Mardi Gras isn’t just celebrated in Greater New Orleans. There are krewes all over the state a… » Read More


Honoring the Late Ed Muniz, Founder of Endymion

May 25, 2023 | News
Ed Muniz may have owned radio stations and served as Mayor of Kenner and on both the Kenner City and Jefferson Parish councils, but here at mardigrasneworleans.com, we raise a Carnival cup to him for … » Read More


“Prenons du bons temps!"(Say what?)

May 1, 2023 | News
Who first said, "Laissez les bons temps rouler?" It suddenly occurred to us that we’ve never heard anyone discuss the origins of the phrase “Laissez les bons temps rouler” &nd… » Read More


St. Joseph's Altars In and Around Town

March 1, 2023 | News
St. Joseph's Altar at Beauregard-Keyes House on Chartres Street. When the Sicilians began immigrating to New Orleans in large numbers in the 1880s, they brought with them the tradition of t… » Read More


30th Years of Orpheus

December 27, 2022 | News
Orpheus Goes Back to Its '90s Roots with Your Favorite Boy Band Stars On Lundi Gras, Monday, Feb. 20, the Krewe of Orpheus will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a parade followed b… » Read More


Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Rex

November 1, 2022 | News
This year, the Rex Organization, also known as the School of Design, is celebrating its 150th Mardi Gras season. In honor of this historic event, The Louisiana State Museum is presenting a special exh… » Read More


Day of the Dead Parade Rolls with New Route

October 21, 2022 | News
On Wednesday, November 2, beginning at 7 p.m., join your neighbors in celebrating the Day of the Dead – the Día de Muertos – honoring the lives of those who have died (particul… » Read More


Will Parade Routes Go Back to Normal in 2023?

August 15, 2022 | News
While the next Mardi Gras isn’t until February 21, 2023, krewe leaders in the city have a big question: Will their parades will be shortened as they were in 2022 or will they go back to their tr… » Read More


The Photographer Who Caught More Than Beads

June 1, 2022 | News
  When photographer Christine DuMouchel attended the Zulu parade in 2019, she was hoping to maybe catch a coconut and a great pic or two. She never thought she'd catch the attention of… » Read More


The First Spy Queen

May 1, 2022 | News
Jasmine Batiste Makes Mardi Gras History as First  “Spy Queen." Photo by Christine DuMouchel “The Spy Boy is the baddest of all the Indians. He is ahead looking for tro… » Read More


Big Chief Bo Dollis, Jr. Has a Busy April

March 30, 2022 | News
Catch the Wild Magnolias at Downtown Super Sunday, French Quarter Fest & Jazz Fest Think you missed Super Sunday? Wrong! It's not too late to see the Mardi Gras Indians at The Circle … » Read More


Mardi Gras in the Movies

March 11, 2022 | News
According to Carnival historian Arthur Hardy, Mardi Gras has been a back drop for 200+ movies, including musicals, thrillers, costume dramas, comedies, horror flicks, romances and more.   T… » Read More


The Queen of the Mardi Gras Poster

February 19, 2022 | News
From New Jersey to New Orleans: Meet Andrea Mistretta, the Poster Child of Mardi Gras Posters. Mistretta's studio on White's Pond in New Jersey, 1,300 miles from NOLA. For the l… » Read More


Start Snapping! Our Mardi Gras Photo Contest Is On!

February 1, 2022 | News
Last year's winner by Christine Dumouchel Enter Our Photo Contest for a Chance to Win A Stay in New Orleans! How are you going to celebrate Mardi Gras in 2022? We wanna see! The good times… » Read More


Masks Required in New Orleans Even Before Mardi Gras

January 18, 2022 | News
COVID-19 Vaccination Rules in New Orleans. What You Should Know. The City of New Orleans has implemented a Modified Phase Three, which went into effect on January 12, 2022, with an extended COVID… » Read More


Free Family Fun at Algiers Mardi Gras Festival

January 11, 2022 | News
Get yourself over that bridge! The Algiers Mardi Gras Festival  will take place on Saturday, February 12 at Federal City from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.    Acccording to the Festival, this… » Read More


City Leaders Say “Mardi Gras Is Happening."

December 1, 2021 | News
Get those ladders ready! Start planning your costume! On Tuesday, November 9, Beau Tidwell, the director of communications for the City of New Orleans, murmured the words we all hoped to hear. &l… » Read More


Christmas is here! Time to plan for Mardi Gras!

November 27, 2021 | News
Mardi Gras 2022 is going to happen and it will be here before you know it! With 70+ parades, Carnival in New Orleans is the adventure of a lifetime and, the more you know, the more fun you’ll ha… » Read More


House Floats Will Be Back in 2022!

October 25, 2021 | News
When it became obvious to everyone that going forth with our usual 70-something Mardi Gras parades in 2021 wasn’t going to be good idea, city leaders reached out to the public for ideas — … » Read More


Krewes Give Back After Ida

September 20, 2021 | News
Mardi Gras Is About More than Throwing Beads. It’s About Giving Back. The Covid-19 pandemic may have stopped Mardi Gras parades from rolling in 2021 but not it–or Hurricane Ida&ndas… » Read More


Skeletons aren't just for Halloween

September 1, 2021 | News
“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… » Read More


Tardi Gras: Mardi Gras in September?

August 1, 2021 | News
Note: Event Canceled. Tardi Gras Parade Approved by Council But It All Depends on Covid-19. On July 21, the Jefferson Parish Council approved plans for a belated Mardi Gras parade in Metairi… » Read More


Mardi Gras Beads: It's All Fun Until Somebody Gets Flooded

June 1, 2021 | News
  Mardi Gras memories should last forever. Beads? Not so much. A few years ago, 93,000 pounds of Mardi Gras beads were pulled out of clogged catch basins on a five-block stretch of St… » Read More


Krewe of Kings Salutes America Parade

June 1, 2021 | News
It was a Memorial Day Mardi Gras on May 30th in Harahan, Louisiana, just outside New Orleans. The crowd, estimated to be 40,000, was anxious to catch a little normalcy. The weather cooperated and a go… » Read More


Dino House Photographer Takes Home Top Prize

April 1, 2021 | News
And The Winners Are... All the votes have been tallied and the winner of the 2021 "Show Us Your Pics" Mardi Gras Photo Contest is Anne from Slidell, Louisiana, for "Dino House!" Anne has won ou… » Read More


St. Paddy's Parade Canceled. Giving Back Isn't.

March 8, 2021 | News
PRESS RELEASE New Orleans, Louisiana, [March 8, 2021]: As the Irish Channel Parade was canceled for the second year in a row for coronavirus safety, the Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day Clu… » Read More


Countdown to Carnival 2022

February 26, 2021 | News
To mark one year until Mardi Gras Day – and hopefully a return to Mardi Gras as we know it – Camellia Brand Red Beans, TABASCO Brand Pepper Sauce, Cajun Country Rice, and the New Orle… » Read More


Mardi Gras 2021: A Year of New Traditions

February 17, 2021 | News
Floats in the Oaks photo courtesy of Missy Fields Dalton Mardi Gras 2021 will go down in history as the year New Orleanians came together and turned a sow’s ear into a paper mache purse&h… » Read More


New Rules to Curb Carnival Crowds

February 5, 2021 | News
To prevent Mardi Gras celebrations from becoming superspreader events, Mayor Latoya Cantrell announced new restrictions on Friday, February 5. All bars across the city will shut down completely … » Read More


Mardi Gras and Y'ALLA

February 1, 2021 | News
Find Your Mardi Gras Spirit: ALLA Scavenger Hunt On Friday, February 5th, the Krewe of ALLA will celebrate their 2021 parade date with a Scavenger Hunt. At 12 p.m., gather your own crew to… » Read More


How To Celebrate Mardi Gras 2021

January 6, 2021 | News
Don't let Mardi Gras go by without celebrating. Get in your fill of king cake and enjoy some of the activites below. New Orleans is under Phased Reopening Guidelines, but there are … » Read More


Joan of Arc to Stage Drive-by Event for 2021

December 31, 2020 | News
Instead of canceling  because of Covid-19, the Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc is producing a drive-by event at Behrman Memorial Park at 2529 Gen. Meyer Avenue in Algiers on the West Bank. From 6 p.… » Read More


A Little Bit of Mardi Gras in Our Lives

December 9, 2020 | News
  There may not Mardi Gras parades in Orleans Parish in 2021, but you can't cancel Carnival. There may not be Mardi Gras kings rolling down St. Charles Avenue next spring, but there… » Read More


Mardi Gras Parades Latest Victim of Covid-19

December 5, 2020 | News
Because of the threat of Covid-19, there will be no traditional Carnival parades in Orleans or St. Tammany parishes in 2021. Other ways to celebrate, including virtual parades,  the Joan of Arc s… » Read More


Bacchus Goes Virtual!

November 23, 2020 | News
If Macy’s can do it on Thanksgiving, why can’t Bacchus? On November 23, The Krewe of Bacchus announced that its 2021 parade will be virtual. Bacchus is introducing a new "Throw Me Somet… » Read More


The Mardi Gras That Almost Wasn't

November 19, 2020 | News
Crisis is no stranger to New Orleans. We survived Katrina and we'll survive Covid-19, too. Here's a peek back at the first Mardi Gras after Katrina... After Hurricane Katrina decided to mak… » Read More


Love Marching Groups? You'll Love This Book!

November 19, 2020 | News
Every year, thousands of people in New Orleans move from the sidewalk side and the neutral ground side and onto the parade route itself to become part of the Greatest Free Show on Earth – M… » Read More


Election Confection: Caluda's Presidential King Cake

October 9, 2020 | News
With election 2020 upon us, Caluda’s King Cake had a winning idea: they added Presidential King Cakes to their offerings. Instead of the Mardi Gras purple, green and gold, these traditional cinn… » Read More


Remembering Former Zulu King George Rainey

October 8, 2020 | News
The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club has confirmed that former Zulu King George Rainey passed away Wednesday night at the age of 89. Rainey made history as the oldest Zulu king ever when he reigned w… » Read More


Mardi Gras 2021: Will the Good Times Roll?

July 22, 2020 | News
Could Mardi Gras possibly be canceled in 2021? We’re all yelling, “No Pocky Way!” Mardi Gras 1918 before the Spanish Flu Pandemic. Photo credit: John Tibule Mendes / Public d… » Read More


New Orleans Says Good-bye to Mr. Mardi Gras

July 1, 2020 | News
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,&rd… » Read More


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

June 11, 2020 | News
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. Y… » Read More


Before You Get Back to Work, Get Your Krewe to Mardi Gras World

June 1, 2020 | News
"We support Mayor Cantrell's efforts to keep the people of New Orleans safe and healthy. During times of hardship, New Orleanians know how to pull together and overcome. We will this time too… » Read More


What To Do With Surplus Mardi Gras Beads

February 26, 2020 | News
Catch and Release, Louisiana Style. 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 … » Read More


Bring Your Tribe to New Orleans for Super Sunday

February 26, 2020 | News
On Super Sunday in New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians come out in their breathtaking handmade suits for processions all over town. Traditionally, Super Sunday is the Sunday closest to St. Jos… » Read More


Warpo the Amazing Named 10th King of the Krewe of Fools

February 10, 2020 | News
Warpo the Amazing On February 10th, the Krewe of Fools, a French Quarter walking krewe dedicated to promoting, preserving and protecting the art of street performance in New Orleans, announced … » Read More


Bacchus Bash 2020 Names Headliners

January 22, 2020 | News
Mannie Fresh, Flow Tribe and The Topcats will be headliners at the 36th Annual Bacchus Bash, the free, 14-hour block party preceding the famous Bacchus parade. The fun kicks off at noon on Sunday, Feb… » Read More


See the Brass-A-Holics at the First Algiers Mardi Gras Festival!

January 22, 2020 | News
On February 1, a new New Orleans tradition will be born. This year will mark the first Algiers Mardi Gras Festival on the West Bank. The free festival will take place near the Algiers Courthouse fr… » Read More


The Fun Begins! Mardi Gras Parades in January

December 26, 2019 | News
Twelfth Night, January 6 While Mardi Gras Day (Fat Tuesday) is February 25 this year, the festivities actually begin much earlier. The fun begins on Twelfth Night, January 6, the official start of … » Read More


Krewe of Alla and Legion of Mars Join Forces

December 6, 2019 | News
FROM DECEMBER 5TH PRESS RELEASE: Joint Carnival parade to roll Friday, February 14, 2020 New Orleans, La. – Carnival clubs Krewe of Alla and Legion of Mars are… » Read More


Trombone Shorty Is Two Stories Tall!

December 1, 2019 | News
The Krewe of Freret has named Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews as its official Grand Marshall. They are making plans for the first annual “Shorty Gras” concert ball at Mardi Gras… » Read More


Hard Rock Collapse Forces Parade Cancellation

November 4, 2019 | News
Krewe Says It Will "Stroll Instead of Roll." Twelfth Night will be short one streetcar parade this year, as a result of the collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel.  According to David Roe, captain… » Read More


New Orleans loves a parade! Krewe of Jingle

November 1, 2019 | News
New Orleans doesn’t need a reason to parade but, if we did, Christmas would be a pretty good one. Join us in Downtown New Orleans on December 7 around 1 p.m. and catch the spirit of the holiday … » Read More


ALLA Gets Its Wish! New Date for 2020

September 9, 2019 | News
ALLA to Roll on Valentine's Day  Valentine's Day will be extra sweet in 2020. According to ALLA President and Assistant Captain Adam Strickland, The Krewe of ALLA 's wish to be mov… » Read More


A Mardi Gras Indian Summer

September 1, 2019 | News
A Summer of Second-Line Send-Offs: New Orleans Says Goodbye to Leah Chase, Dr. John, Dave Bartholomew, and Art Neville. Mardi Gras Indians at Art Neville's first second line outside Tipiti… » Read More


The Original Krewe of Orpheus Takes 2020 Off

August 19, 2019 | News
Mandeville’s Original Krewe of Orpheus, not to be confused with Harry Connick Jr.’s Krewe of Orpheus, has announced that it will not roll during Mardi Gras 2020, but will instead suspend a… » Read More


Rolling Elvi Honor the King with New Parade

August 13, 2019 | News
"It's Now or Never"  for the Rolling Elvi's First Solo Parade What's the plural of Elvis? Elvi. Photo courtesy of Jason Mangone Elvis Presley died 42 years ago this Fri… » Read More


Endymion Announces Route Changes for 2020

August 12, 2019 | News
Extravaganza's Home Away from the Dome The Superdome will be undergoing a $450M renovation after football season in 2020 and that means the Krewe of Endymion, which typically rolls into the… » Read More


Hail, Museum Month!

July 19, 2019 | News
Mardi Gras Museums to Explore in August. A lot of work, money and love goes into “America’s Greatest Free Show” every year. The museums here celebrate Mardi Gras year round. W… » Read More


Experience Mardi Gras in July

July 1, 2019 | News
If you come to New Orleans during Carnival season, you can take your pick of 70+ parades. If you come in July, you can still experience the wonder of Mardi Gras at several museums around the city, inc… » Read More


Nyx's Summer Parade Nixed

June 4, 2019 | News
Carnivals' Largest Krewe Cancels Summer Parade Last spring, the all-female Mystic Krewe of Nyx rolled with 3,383 riders in what was thought to be the largest Carnival parade ever. Not ladies to… » Read More


Throw me something, Senator!

May 28, 2019 | News
Mardi Gras in Washington, D.C. Did you know that, since the 1940s, Louisiana has thrown a big Mardi Gras party in Washington, D.C.? The event, which always happens ahead of Fat Tuesday, feature… » Read More


40 Years Is Enough for the Krewe of Caesar.

April 24, 2019 | News
On April 24, the Krewe of Caesar, Jefferson Parish’s largest Carnival krewe, announced that its 40th anniversary parade in 2019 was its last. While neither the procession or the ball will take p… » Read More


Red Cross Safety Tips for Parade-Goers

February 4, 2019 | News
Red Cross Volunteers and Partners Provide First Aid During Carnival Season Red Cross offers Safety Tips for Parade-Goers New Orleans, LA – February 4, 2019 – The American… » Read More


Big News from the Krewe of Iris

December 27, 2018 | News
The Krewe of Iris, the oldest all-female Mardi Gras krewe at 102 years old, announced that it will have the largest ridership of any krewe for the 2019 Carnival season. Iris 2019 will carry 3,450 ride… » Read More


Family Gras Mambos over to Clearview Center!

December 11, 2018 | News
February 22-24, 2019 Family Gras 2019 will be celebrated at a brand new location this year. Come on down to Clearview Center (4436 Veterans Memorial Boulevard) for free outdoor concerts by John Oat… » Read More


What's new? Krewe Bohème

October 23, 2018 | News
New Krewe for Mardi Gras 2019 What? A new Mardi Gras parade? You got dat right, mistah! The 250+ member Krewe Bohème will march its way into the hearts of New Orleanians on Friday, Feb. … » Read More


Mardi Gras Across the Lake: Northshore Updates

October 1, 2018 | News
Not to be outdone by the krewes in New Orleans, the communities on the Northshore of New Orleans have 22 parades during the Carnival season. As the krewes that organize these family celebrations annou… » Read More


Want to join a Mardi Gras Krewe?

September 1, 2018 | News
Here’s what you do. Five Jefferson Parish krewes are looking for revelers who want to ride in 2019! While dues vary, membership typically allows you to ride in the parade and attend the b… » Read More


King Louis: When Louis Armstrong Reigned as Zulu

August 31, 2018 | News
In 1949, jazz great Louis Armstrong returned to his hometown to reign as King Zulu. By all accounts, he considered the experience the crowning achievement of his life. The week before, New Orleans&… » Read More


Top Six Mardi Gras Songs of All Time

July 1, 2018 | News
What do you do when you’re waiting for a parade? Eat Popeye’s Fried Chicken or red beans and rice and listen to Mardi Gras music. Here are six of our favorites (we tried to narrow it down … » Read More


Catch it if you can: Iris and the Goddesses of Carnival

May 1, 2018 | News
Now On Exhibit at The Presbytère Mardi Gras 2018 may have rolled into the history books but, until December 2018, you can celebrate Iris and the Goddesses of Carnival at The Presbyt&eg… » Read More


A Purple, Gold and Greener Mardi Gras: Bead Recycling

February 12, 2018 | News
The Young Leadership Council and Arc of Greater New Orleans have teamed up to make green the primary color of Mardi Gras with a much-needed bead recyling program. According to WGNO, recently over 93,0… » Read More


Dance Along With The New Orleans Baby Dolls!

February 9, 2018 | News
  On Mardi Gras Day, February 13, 2018, The New Orleans Baby Doll Ladies will present the third annual New Orleans Baby Doll Ladies Parade. This year's theme is “Baby Doll Ladies Swe… » Read More


Mayor-Elect Named Honorary Muse

February 6, 2018 | News
On February 1, the all-female Krewe of Muses proclaimed this the "year of the woman," and announced that New Orleans’ Mayor Elect LaToya Cantrell will lead their parade as 2018’s Honorary … » Read More


Nyx Picks Fiddler Amanda Shaw

February 6, 2018 | News
Cajun pop star Amanda Shaw will served as grand marshal of the 2018 Mystic Krewe of Nyx parade on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 6:45 p.m. on the traditional Uptown route. In a press release, Nyx Captai… » Read More


Official 2018 Invitation to Mardi Gras

February 6, 2018 | News
At one time, Rex posted colorful posters in train stations and elsewhere all over the country, inviting people to come celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans “under the Joyful Carnival Banner.&rdqu… » Read More


The News from Orpheus

February 5, 2018 | News
On January 11, the Krewe of Orpheus named Keegan-Michael Key their Monarch for this year’s parade. Key is an actor, comedian, writer and producer known for his show Key & Peele with co-star Jord… » Read More


What's New with Endymion

February 5, 2018 | News
On Thursday, Feb. 1, the Krewe of Endymion announced that former Saint Steve Gleason will join players Alvin Kamara and Marshon Lattimore as special guest riders in their 2018 parade on Saturday, Febr… » Read More


Bacchus Celebrates 50th Anniversary

February 1, 2018 | News
Updated Feb. 9, 2018: The 50th Anniversary Bacchus Parade will roll on Sunday, February 11, 2018, with Academy Award-winning actor J.K. Simmons reigning as its celebrity monarch. Simmons was one of… » Read More


Mardi Gras Safety Tips

January 31, 2018 | News
The New Orleans Police want you to enjoy Mardi Gras 2018. With that in mind, remember these "common sense" rules for safety: Don't keep your money out for any longer than is necessary. You d… » Read More


New Orleans Launches New Safety Camera Network in Time for Mardi Gras

January 31, 2018 | News
The Good Times – and the Cameras – are Rolling In an effort to make the "Greatest Free Show on Earth" as carefree and safe as possible, a dozen cameras are now up along popular New Orle… » Read More


Tips for Catching Great Mardi Gras Swag

January 22, 2018 | News
Shouting "throw me something, mister" will probably catch you a pair of beads (or more!). But if you want the really great throws, chances are you'll need to work a little harder. (You can catch a… » Read More


Tips for going to Mardi Gras parades in the rain

January 19, 2018 | News
It might just rain on your Mardi Gras parade so come prepared...   1 – Wear rain boots. Guys, if you don’t have rain boots, then wear some water resistance boots or tennis sho… » Read More


Zulu Spikes Up Mardi Gras

January 9, 2018 | News
Can you imagine getting a coconut from Spike Lee? It could happen. On January 9th, Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club's announced that the filmmaker would be their honorary celebrity grand marshal fo… » Read More


Chew on this: Chewbacchus Press Release

January 9, 2018 | News
Chewbacchus announces Multiple Mini-Chewbacchanals, Route Change, and Royalty The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus returns for its eighth annual Mardi Gras parade on February 3rd, 2018! The… » Read More


The Force is with this Special Needs Mardi Gras Krewe.

December 7, 2017 | News
By Kate Lacour, Executive Director, NOLArts Learning Center The much-anticipated release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi will have a special significance for the STOMP Troopers. This percussion-playing… » Read More


Was America's First Mardi Gras in New Orleans or Mobile?

November 1, 2017 | News
It's that time again! Time to revisit the centuries-old argument, “Which came first: Mardi Gras in Mobile or New Orleans?” Did the first Carnival happen in Louisiana in 1699 downriver … » Read More


No More Bro Show: The History of Female Krewes

September 12, 2017 | News
For most of its illustrious history, Mardi Gras in New Orleans was a bro show. While women participated behind the scenes, all-male krewes meant just that – no women allowed. Then, when Car… » Read More


The First All-Female Mardi Gras Parade

August 14, 2017 | News
Brave Women with Beads “It’s undignified, women riding on floats. They do not belong.” – Man at the first Venus parade in 1941 On February 23, 1941, the … » Read More


Five Fun Fat Tuesday Facts We Figure You've Never Heard Before

June 1, 2017 | News
Everybody knows what a boeuf gras is and what you have to do if you get the king cake baby. We thought we'd throw you a few doubloons of trivia you've probably never heard before.  1 … » Read More


It's Always Carnival Time Somewhere

May 3, 2017 | News
It’s Always Carnival Time Somewhere. On May 13, That Somewhere Is Peoria, Illinois. While it’s 286 days before the next Fat Tuesday in New Orleans, the people of Peoria, Illinois, on… » Read More


Mardi Gras Photo Contest Winners

April 18, 2017 | News
Whew! With more than a month in the review mirror, we’ve finally recovered from all of the fun we had during Mardi Gras 2017 and now we’re counting down the days until #MardiGras2018. I… » Read More


Mardi Gras Celebrity Sightings

March 8, 2017 | News
Every Mardi Gras, tales of celebrity sightings in New Orleans spread throughout the French Quarter and around the world…and it’s true. Whether they’re here to Grand Marshal a parade… » Read More


Bacchus Bash Brings Big Bands

February 21, 2017 | News
Hope you’re resting up after the first weekend of festivities because Bacchus just released the lineup for Bacchus Bash Sunday, February 26 and it’s a party you won’t want to miss! T… » Read More


Trade Beads For King Cake This Weekend

February 21, 2017 | News
Let’s be honest: keeping the beads is not nearly as fun as catching them! So why not trade them in for a King Cake while enjoying a pop up party? Seriously! Crown Royal is encouraging revele… » Read More


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

February 14, 2017 | News
As you may have heard, New Orleans will host the 2017 NBA All-Star Game,  THIS Sunday, February 19 (yay!) You may have also noticed this is the first major parade weekend before Mardi Gras. St. C… » Read More


Uber Implements New Mardi Gras System

February 13, 2017 | News
Planning to hang up your car keys this Mardi Gras? We don’t blame you! From road closures to parking pains (not to mention all the pedestrians) who needs the hassle? But you will want to be prep… » Read More


Meet the Celebrity Royalty of Carnival 2017

February 10, 2017 | News
The Who’s Who of the Super Krewes. The best thing about Super Krewes is the superstars. In the past, celebrities like Bob Hope, William Shatner, Dolly Parton, Elijah Wood, Will Ferell, Dan Ay… » Read More


Family Gras Celebrates 10th Anniversary With Big Names

January 25, 2017 | News
Mardi Gras is the perfect family event! No, we’re not kidding. Besides the parades in Uptown, which are family friendly, there is an event specifically for those looking to introduce younger… » Read More


Zulu Kings Names His Queen

January 25, 2017 | News
The Queen has arrived…at Louis Armstrong International Airport. Donna Glapion took the honored march through the airport along with this year’s Zulu King, Aldonis C. Expose, and other Zul… » Read More


A Whole Festival Dedicated to King Cake

January 17, 2017 | 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 29. … » Read More


Keep Mardi Gras A Ball, Yall

November 30, 2016 | News
Carnival Dos and Don’ts  To keep revelers informed this Carnival Season, the City of New Orleans has posted everything you need to know to have a safe and happy Mardi Gras at www.nola.g… » Read More


The Value of Mardi Gras Parade Packages

November 2, 2016 | News
Mardi Gras is just over four 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 parade p… » Read More


Zulu 2017 Mardi Gras Theme

October 27, 2016 | News
We all know Zulu as one of the most colorful and historic krewes of Mardi Gras. And this year they want to take a stand against violence. Zulu's 2017 Mardi Gras theme is "Stop the Violence." … » Read More


Get Ready to Rock with Endymion 2017

September 14, 2016 | News
Mardi Gras super krewe Endymion will celebrate 2017 with hard rock, hip hop and disco, as KISS, Flo Rida, and KC and the Sunshine Band entertain at the annual Extravaganza after the Mid-City parade on… » Read More


Learn About Mardi Gras All Year Long!

July 21, 2016 | 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 year.… » Read More


Do You Want to Be in a Mardi Gras Parade?

June 25, 2016 | News
Have you ever wondered how those people end up on the floats at Mardi Gras parades with the coveted throws and beads? Maybe you want to join one of the biggest parties in the world and experience the … » Read More


Mardi Gras 2016 a huge success by anybody's estimation

March 16, 2016 | 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 was a… » Read More


#ThrowbackThursday: Police Officer Doing the Wobble at Parade

January 21, 2016 | 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 happens at th… » Read More


A refresher on the new Mardi Gras parade rules

January 14, 2016 | 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 weekend, … » Read More


Krewe of Muses wants Ellen DeGeneres

March 2, 2015 | News
Mardi Gras 2015 just wrapped up, but we’re already looking forward to Mardi Gras 2016 – and we’re not the only ones! Apparently, the lovely ladies of the Krewe of Muses can’t w… » Read More


Mardi Gras Wrap Up, Planning For Next Year

February 24, 2015 | News
Mardi Gras 2015 has officially come to an end. The parades are over. The revelers have gonw home. The last of the king cakes have been snatched up. If that gets you down (and it does me, a lit… » Read More


Mardi Gras: Trash Determines Success?

February 18, 2015 | 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.  Tha… » Read More


Mardi Gras parades February 13-15

February 12, 2015 | News
The Krewe of Druids and the Krewe of Nyx rolled through Uptown last night, and they’ve set the tone for the parades to come tonight and this weekend. Friday marks one of the biggest weekends … » Read More


Mardi Gras Parades This Week

February 9, 2015 | News
The parades start early this week.  Krewes will begin rolling on Wednesday and keep on rolling until Fat Tuesday next week. You don’t want to miss these parades, but pace yourself! Wedne… » Read More


Mardi Gras Parades (February 5 -8)

February 5, 2015 | News
I hope you’re ready for some parades because they’re coming full steam this weekend. Friday, February 6, 2014 Krewe of Oshun – Oshun kicks off the Uptown parade season at … » Read More


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

January 29, 2015 | 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! This y… » Read More


The Late Chief Bo Dollis Celebrated

January 29, 2015 | 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 hel… » Read More


Dierks Bentley Headlines Lundi Gras

December 15, 2014 | 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 | 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 | 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


Party with the Krewe of Boo parade this Halloween

October 23, 2014 | 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 Orlean… » Read More


Mardi Gras Day: 5 months away!

September 17, 2014 | News
Mardi Gras Day (Fat Tuesday) is February 17—just 5 short months away and counting! If you haven’t started planning your trip, you need to get on the ball. Some hotels still have availabili… » Read More


Free doughnuts (and other ideas) for Mardi Gras beads

March 25, 2014 | 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 dough… » Read More


Mardi Gras 2014 photo contest winner announced!

March 20, 2014 | 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 su… » Read More


Lundi Gras and Mardi Gras 2014 parades

February 28, 2014 | News
Lundi Gras and Mardi Gras are finally here! Parades and festivities are in full swing. Everywhere is a party or a parade in one form or another.  Here’s a few of the highlights… … » Read More


Getting Around New Orleans During Mardi Gras

February 21, 2014 | 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, stre… » Read More


We Want Your Best Mardi Gras Photos - 2014 Photo Contest

February 19, 2014 | 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 you… » Read More


Restaurants open during Mardi Gras 2014

February 18, 2014 | 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’s a… » Read More


Round One: Krewe Du Vieux and Krewe Delusion

February 12, 2014 | News
Alright! It’s finally here. The first weekend of carnival parades is finally here. It’s been over a year since the last Mardi Gras and I’m ready for some parade time. Krewe Du Vie… » Read More


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

February 5, 2014 | 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, things ar… » Read More


It's Carnival Time!

January 6, 2014 | 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, there… » Read More


New parade rules in 2014?

December 19, 2013 | 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 un… » Read More


Updates from Bacchus and Orpheus

December 5, 2013 | News
The official kick off to Carnival season, the Twelfth Night is just a month and a day away on January 6! Mardi Gras itself, March 4 this year is just under three months away! I’m slightly excite… » Read More


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

November 14, 2013 | 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 low … » Read More


Krewe of Boo: Halloween Parade

October 10, 2013 | 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 yo… » Read More


Where to see the Mardi Gras Indians

October 3, 2013 | News
Mardi Gras has always had an air of mystery around it. Masked krewe members throw trinkets to street crowds from their floats, whose themes are kept secret until sometimes days before the big events. … » Read More


Bring your kids to Mardi Gras. Yes, seriously.

September 26, 2013 | 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 large… » Read More


Krewe of Chewbacchus: The Wrath of Khan-ival

September 19, 2013 | News
Some breaking intergalactic planetary Mardi Gras news for you today from the sci-fi themed Krewe of Chewbacchus: The BacchanALIENS, also known as the members of the Krewe of Chewbacchus, announced… » Read More


Best time to visit New Orleans for Mardi Gras

August 29, 2013 | News
When is the best time to come to New Orleans for Mardi Gras? It’s the type of question we’re often asked here and on our Facebook page. You can visit New Orleans year round and get a t… » Read More


200 Days Until Mardi Gras

August 14, 2013 | 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 day.… » Read More


More Mardi Gras Parade Routes?

July 11, 2013 | 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 throws … » Read More


Krewe of Freret is back and rolling in 2014

June 20, 2013 | News
After an absence of more than 20 years, the Krewe of Freret is back and parading again. Earlier this month, the New Orleans Police Department signed off on the co-ed krewe’s permit to parade thr… » Read More


2014 Mardi Gras Parade Schedule Sneak Peek

May 9, 2013 | News
Who’s ready for Mardi Gras 2014? I’ve been ready since the last parade rolled by in February. We still have some time to wait, 298 days to be exact, but it’s never too early to s… » Read More


Mardi Gras 2013 Photo Contest Winners

March 13, 2013 | 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 from t… » Read More


Catch And Release: What To Do With Your Leftover Beads

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


Mardi Gras 2013 Highlights And Wrap-Up

February 13, 2013 | 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 | 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 Hit Full Power This Weekend

February 8, 2013 | News
After two amazing nights of Mardi Gras parades, the excitement continues tonight and runs all weekend long. Highlights this weekend include, but definitely aren't limited to Endymion on Saturday … » Read More


Mardi Gras Parades This Week

February 5, 2013 | News
  I hope all of the 49’ers fans,  Ravens fans (I know you did!) and football fans had a great time in New Orleans, but now it’s time to get down to serious business. Afte… » Read More


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

January 31, 2013 | 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 | 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 ab… » Read More


Mardi Gras Parades This Weekend (January 25-27)

January 24, 2013 | News
Alright, who else is ready for another weekend of Mardi Gras parades? I hope you are because this weekend, things step up big time and get very interesting. Friday there’s three parades, Sat… » Read More


Surviving The Mardi Gras Bathroom Crisis

January 22, 2013 | 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’re … » Read More


2013 Mardi Gras Parades Kick Off This Weekend

January 17, 2013 | News
I hope you’re ready! The 2013 Mardi Gras parades start this weekend (January 19-20) and there’s something from everyone this kick-off weekend. The parades start Saturday night in the h… » Read More


2013 Mardi Gras Photo Contest

January 15, 2013 | 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-firs… » Read More


2013 Mardi Gras Parade Packages

January 10, 2013 | 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 probably … » Read More


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

January 8, 2013 | 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 disa… » Read More


America's got Talent Coming To New Orleans

January 4, 2013 | 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 audition… » Read More


Must See And Do Things In New Orleans During Mardi Gras

December 21, 2012 | 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 res… » Read More


How To Stay Up To Date With Mardi Gras News

December 14, 2012 | 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 Mardi Gra… » Read More


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

December 6, 2012 | 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 date… » Read More


World's Largest Mardi Gras Bead Mosaic

November 30, 2012 | 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 ha… » Read More


World's Largest Mardi Gras Float And Kelly Clarkson

November 12, 2012 | 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 appea… » Read More


Parades Will Briefly Step Aside for Super Bowl XLVII

October 12, 2012 | News
Earlier this year it was decided that the combined revelry of Mardi Gras 2013 & Super Bowl XLVII was just too much for the city of New Orleans to contemporaneously bear. Either that or the prospe… » Read More


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

September 25, 2012 | 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 preffered … » Read More


Ash Wednesday Signals the End of 2012 Mardi Gras

February 22, 2012 | 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 annual … » Read More


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

February 18, 2012 | 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. F… » Read More


New Orleans Weather Could Shift Parade Schedule

February 17, 2012 | 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. Storms a… » Read More


Restaurants Open on Mardi Gras Day

February 17, 2012 | 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 a g… » Read More


Weekend Parade Updates

February 17, 2012 | News
The parades have been rescheduled for the following Mardi Gras krewes... NOMTOC will now roll on Sunday morning at 9 a.m. on the Uptown route and not on the Westbank. The Krewe of Iris will fo… » Read More


Seven Consecutive Days of Parades!

February 15, 2012 | News
We're closing in on Mardi Gras day, and New Orleans is gearing up for one heck of a party! Starting tonight, the New Orleans metro area will host more than 30 parades between now and the end of ne… » Read More


Krewe of Rex Updates Parade Route for 2012

February 13, 2012 | 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 hav… » Read More


Family Gras 2012

February 10, 2012 | 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. T… » Read More


Endymion's First African American Mardi Gras King

January 24, 2012 | News
The Krewe of Endymion announced this weekend that New Orleans native George LaFargue will be the krewe's king for Mardi Gras in 2012. The Krewe of Endymion's process for choosing their king is… » Read More


Celebrate Mardi Gras 2012 at the Bombay Club

January 23, 2012 | 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 Daup… » Read More


Celebrities in Mardi Gras 2012

January 12, 2012 | 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 Cl… » Read More


Finding the Best King Cakes at BestKingCakes.com

June 14, 2011 | 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 king … » Read More


Making Plans for Mardi Gras 2012 at the Bourbon Vieux

April 13, 2011 | 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 save … » Read More


Congratulations to our Mardi Gras Photo Contest Winner

April 12, 2011 | 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. Th… » Read More


Mardi Gras 2011 Winds Down

March 9, 2011 | News
New Orleans celebrated another successful Mardi Gras this year with crowds numbering in the hundreds of thousands. The Convention & Visitors Bureau reported that 97% of hotel rooms were booked for Mar… » Read More


Mardi Gras 2011 in Photos

March 9, 2011 | 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.  Reli… » Read More


Lundi Gras Celebration with Zulu

March 7, 2011 | News
2011 Lundi Gras is Zulu's 19th celebration of the start of the Greatest Free Show on Earth. Zulu's President, Board of Directors, 2011 Zulu Characters and members will join to Hail our Mardi G… » Read More


Quintessential Mardi Gras

March 7, 2011 | News
by Errol Laborde Recently I was talking to a man who's an official of the Knights of Hermes. He was effusive about the group's 2011 parade. "It will be the most beautiful ever," he exclai… » Read More


Friday night Uptown Parades roll 30 minutes earlier

March 4, 2011 | News
Due to the prediction of light rain this evening parades following the Uptown route will roll 30 minutes earlier. Hermes 5:30 pm Krewe d'Etat 6:00 pm Morpheus 6:30… » Read More


Weather Causes Some Changes For Mardi Gras Weekend

March 4, 2011 | News
Rain forecasts indicate strong chances of showers for both Friday and Saturday. Be sure to bring your rain gear, and be ready to be flexible with some parade scheduling. Parades may change route or st… » Read More


Last Minute Mardi Gras Tips

March 3, 2011 | 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 sure t… » Read More


Going Mobile: Check Parade Routes from Your Phone

February 25, 2011 | 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 yo… » Read More


Where to Eat During Mardi Gras

February 24, 2011 | 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 restaurant… » Read More


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

February 9, 2011 | 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 Spa… » Read More


Mardi Gras at the Bourbon Vieux

January 17, 2011 | 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 parade… » Read More


The Holiday Season Means Mardi Gras Is Almost Here!

December 29, 2010 | 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 st… » Read More


Is it Mardi Gras yet?

June 30, 2010 | News
I don't know about you, but watching the last few episodes of HBO's Treme makes me wish it was Carnival time right now. » Read More


Video of Drew Brees Presiding Over Bacchus During the 2010 Parade

February 25, 2010 | 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 | 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 Gras" … » Read More


Drew Brees named King Bacchus!

January 25, 2010 | 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 the… » Read More


2010 Mardi Gras Facts

September 23, 2009 | 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 thing, … » Read More


What Do Indians Have to Do With Mardi Gras?

July 15, 2009 | 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 started … » Read More


King Cake and Coffee - Even in July

July 1, 2009 | 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 parades… » Read More


Notes From Carnival '09

February 28, 2009 | 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 | 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 picked up al… » Read More


The 23rd Annual Lundi Gras at Spanish Plaza

February 16, 2009 | 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 aga… » Read More


Four Signs that the Carnival Spirit Survives

February 13, 2009 | 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 seaso… » Read More


King of Bacchus and Grand Marshall of Endymion for 2009 Announced

February 9, 2009 | News
Actor Val Kilmer to reign as King of Bacchus 2009 and musician Kid Rock will serve as Grand Marshall of Endymion 2009. Endymion returns to its Mid-City route Saturday February 21, 2009 at 4:00 pm. Bac… » Read More


October is the Perfect Time to Plan Mardi Gras Costume

October 12, 2008 | 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 to d… » Read More


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

May 16, 2008 | 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 items… » Read More


Compucast Interactive - Hosting Mardi Gras New Orleans Website

April 29, 2008 | 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-known… » Read More


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

March 13, 2008 | 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 prior t… » Read More


Mardi Gras Day, 2009 - Tuesday, February 24th

March 13, 2008 | News
Make plans now to attend Mardi Gras 2009. The official Mardi Gras date is February 24th. Most visitors want to arrive for the big weekend prior to Fat Tuesday which means you would want to arrive by F… » Read More


Mardi Gras 2008 officially begins

January 6, 2008 | News
Twelfth Night, or January 6th, opens Mardi Gras season 2008. The krewe of Phunny Phorty Phellows will take a not so traditional route this year on the street cars. Beginning at 7pm, they will travel a… » Read More


Hulk Hogan named Bacchus XL King

January 5, 2008 | News
Wrestler and reality show star Hulk Hogan will reign as celebrity king when Bacchus celebrates 40 years with the theme 40 Years of Fun on February 3, 2008. » Read More


Endymion to ride in Mid-City

January 4, 2008 | News
Endymion will return to the traditional Mid-City route February 2, 2008 with Kevin Costner as the Grand Marshall. Costner's ride will come as Endymion returns to its traditional Mid-City route aft… » Read More


ERROL LABORDE'S COMMENTARY: A MISTICK GATHERING

March 7, 2007 | News
Their names will forever be lost in the secret annals of the New Orleans Carnival but their deed should be remembered. Saturday a week ago, Feb. 24, 2007, five masked people, reportedly of mixed gende… » Read More


Let the Parades Begin!

January 16, 2006 | 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 who… » Read More


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