Mardi Gras King Cakes
Take it from the locals: we have tried every king cake in the city and this is one of the best one around. They arrive fresh and delicious just like you walked into the bakery and bought it off the shelf. Try one or two today.
Mardi Gras Parade Stands
Don’t just do Mardi Gras – do it up with seats in the viewing stands at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel on Canal Street. Here’s your chance to catch the best throws and enjoy convenient restroom and bar access.
Want to skip the headache of claiming a spot along the parade route with blankets and chairs? Grab a spot in the grand stands with bleacher seating right on St. Charles Avenue. Book your tickets now.
Mardi Gras Shop
You’ll find Andrea Mistretta’s Mardi Gras posters everywhere – in grand homes on St. Charles Avenue, in beloved local restaurants and even pinned to the walls of dorm rooms. Since 1986, Mistretta’s signed Mardi Gras commemorative posters have been one of the most popular souvenirs of Carnival. Order “Visions” her 2020 poster, today.
Mardi Gras colors are purple, green, gold and BLUE! While artist George Rodrigue passed away in 2013, his love for Mardi Gras lives on in his work. Over the years, he painted his famous Blue Dog in vivid, near-neon colors, integrating the Mardi Gras flag, masks, and beads. For his Blue Dog Series Mardi Gras editions, he also sometimes experimented with metallic papers and mixed media.
Since 1996, New Orleans Famous Praline Company has been selling the Traditional Creole Candy known as Pralines (praw-leens) to New Orleans locals and visitors from around the globe. Enjoy the ultimate “Taste of New Orleans” with their delicious pralines.
Everything you need for your Mardi Gras celebration. Beads by the Dozen sells beads of all kinds, hats, masks, stuffed toys and more. Check out their custom creations if you're interested in something really unique.
This year’s 44th annual Guide is rolling with over a hundred pages of fun features, photos and more than 50 individual parade profiles and maps. More than three million copies are sold every year.