Although Mardi Gras is known as “the Greatest Free Show on Earth” and parades are free to view on public streets and boulevards, there’s nothing like having a clean restroom, free-flowing drinks and great New Orleans food close by – not to mention a balcony view of the crowds below after the parades. Check out these great packages either on or near the parade route and in the French Quarter after the parades.
On Parade Route
Meet up with friends during Carnival season at CBD Social at 709 St. Charles Avenue, right on the parade route and in the center of all the fun. The good times roll with inclusive drink options, bathroom access and more. Package includes all you can drink+ grand stands+ balcony+ restrooms. Stay in the stands and watch the parades! All Liquor Included
Enjoy all that Mardi Gras has to offer from the beautiful grand stand seating right on the parade route. You'll have an up close spot to see all of the floats, marching bands and maskers, all with the comfort and ease of reserved bleacher seating. Includes access to portable restrooms, as well as food and beverage in the area. Great for the family. Packages start at $5.
Mardi Gras is more fun when you treat yourself to the good seats. For less than you might expect, you can watch the fun from the viewing stands at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel on Canal Street with restroom and bar access.
Bourbon Street Balconies
Why just watch Carnival when you can be a part of it? With Mardi Gras VIP Bourbon Street Balcony Tickets from Rue Bourbon, you can throw beads to the crowds in the French Quarter after the parades from your coveted spot on one of three historic balconies at 201 Bourbon Street, 400 Bourbon and 240 Bourbon, above the famous Old Absinthe House.
Mardi Gras VIP Tickets include an open bar, snacks (got to keep that energy up), and private party-room bathrooms – not to mention a Vieux Carré view straight off your bucket list. Choose from a variety of ticket options for the last three days of Mardi Gras: Bacchus Sunday, Lundi Gras Monday and the grand finale, Fat Tuesday, on which you can choose between two different time slots or an all-day pass.
Planning a krewe or group event during Mardi Gras? There can’t possibly be a better place to let the good times roll than Pat O’Brien’s Briars Suite, located on the second floor of Pat O’Brien’s Courtyard Restaurant on Bourbon Street. Come “own” this festive double parlor, decorated in French-European style. Highlights include a complete bar (think Hurricanes!), a copper-topped piano, and two private balconies overlooking Bourbon Street and the Famous Flaming Courtyard Fountain. Their special Mardi Gras Menu includes treats like Baked Brie En Croute, Shrimp Remoulade Salad, Chicken & Sausage Gumbo, Rustic Pasta, and Pat O’Brien’s Hurricane Cake.
Olde Nola Cookery on Bourbon Street has two fabulous balconies overlooking the Carnival craziness on Bourbon Street but it will be hard to keep your eyes off your plate. This restaurant serves up some of the best Cajun and Creole dishes in the city. Their Jazzy Crab Cake Platter is positively musical and the Bananas Foster Ice Cream Cake will have you second lining all day long.
At Bourbon Heat Mardi Gras Day is the busiest day of the year & this package guarantees you space to sit down with your friends & family in a designated VIP section to enjoy 3 bottles of your choosing. You will also have guaranteed access to our 50’ foot balcony overlooking Bourbon street, upstairs VIP restrooms, skip the line to enter, and waives the cover charge for your entire party. - Accommodates up to 12 people for 3 hours.
Mardi Gras 2020 Bourbon St. Balcony Packages:
Evening Packages 5pm-8pm: $176.85
Night Packages 8pm-11pm: $203.05
Fat Tuesday Day -or- Evening -or- Night: $229.25
Prices are per person and include:
- Taxes and Gratuity
- Three (3) hour open bar with Call Brand liquors
- Access to Balcony
- VIP Restrooms
Packages run from Friday, February 21st – “Fat Tuesday” February 25th
Hotels With Packages
The Hotel Provincial is an intimate boutique hotel featuring lush tropical courtyards, located just blocks from Bourbon Street and the French Market. Book your room for Mardi Gras – during February 22 through February 25, 2020 -- and you will receive a Buy One Get One Free drink coupon at check-in for each room.
The Maison Dupuy is a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of the French Quarter, two blocks from Bourbon Street. Book your room for Mardi Gras – during February 22 through March 5, 2019 -- and you will receive 2 free cocktails (per room!).
New for 2020 - parade route changes put two major krewes on Loyola Ave directly in front of the Holiday Inn Superdome.
Package includes a balcony room overlooking Loyola Ave (Endymion and Zulu parades), breakfast for 2 and 2 cocktails on arrival.
Use codes – ISHD1 and ISHD2 to reserve
Restaurants and Bars
Invite up to a hundred of your closest friends to join you on the balcony at Felix’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar this Carnival season. Their renovated Bourbon Street Balcony Room is the ideal spot to enjoy festive drinks, fresh seafood, all your favorite Cajun and Creole dishes, and the crowd down below.
Mulate's is offering a breakfast buffet on the mornings of Endymion and Bacchus parades. From 8:00 am - 10:30 am.
All-inclusive pricing per person.
Includes: Fresh Fruit, New Orleans Shrimp & Grits, Scrambled Eggs, Spicy Cajun Smoked Sausage, Smoked Bacon, Tater Tot Hash Browns, Buttermilk Biscuits, Orange Juice, Soft Drinks, Iced Tea & Coffee.
Unlimited Mulate's Cajun Bloody Mary's and Mimosa's! .
Stop by this legendary restaurant for some down time between parades! With jazz brunches and New Orleans-style dinners that are to die-for, you're able to relax away from the crowds without missing a minute of the Mardi Gras excitement! Please call for details.
In New Orleans, we don’t just wait for the parades – we use that time to eat! This year, do yourself a favor and grab some street-style tacos, a local beer or a house sangria from TaCreole Cafe, located inside the HI New Orleans hostel on the Canal Street parade route. Just $5 each, taco choices include Blackened Redfish, Alligator Chorizo, NOLA BBQ Shrimp, Brisket “Debris,” Crispy Gulf Oyster, Cochon de Lait and more. The rest of their menu is pretty fabulous, too.