The key to driving during Mardi Gras is patience. When parking, make sure you pay attention to posted signs. What’s more, do not block hydrants, driveways, sidewalks, or fire lanes, and do not park on a neutral ground (median) or within 20 feet of a crosswalk, intersection, or stop sign. It’s also important to park in the direction of travel on one-way streets and with the right wheel to the curb on two-way streets. Parking RVs, recreational vehicles, campers, and oversized vehicles is not allowed residential areas. If your car gets booted by the City, call (504) 599-5652.
Additional parking restrictions
Parking is restricted along parade routes two hours before and after parades to allow floats access to the route and for clean-up afterwards. Just follow posted signs and you’ll be fine.
By streetcar or bus
Regular schedules are altered during Carnival season. Plan ahead with RTA's Mardi Gras Guide. Download the GoMobile app. Since all standard RTA buses are equipped with bike racks, you can also bus and ride.
Bring your own bike or rent a Blue Bike.
By taxi, rideshare, or pedicab
Taxis, Uber or Lyft can get you close to the parade route. Pedicabs are available throughout the French Quarter.
On parade days, the New Orleans Police Department will close the route to vehicles or floats coming to/from the parade.
French Quarter access
Beginning at 6 a.m. on Friday, March 1 through 5 a.m. on Wednesday, March 6, only residents, employees, hotel guests, and taxis/TNCs will be allowed to drive vehicles into the French Quarter.