Mardi Gras 2019 falls on Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Visitors, please note: Parades will begin in January. Check our Parade Schedule section for specifics.
The most popular time to visit New Orleans is the extended weekend before Mardi Gras (so in 2019 that would be arriving no later than March 1 or 2 and staying through Ash Wednesday, March 6). Come then and you'll be sure to catch the most popular parades, like Endymion, Bacchus, Zulu, Rex and all of the festive celebrations throughout the whole city.
Mardi Gras, or "Fat Tuesday," is the last day of the Carnival season as it always falls the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Most visitors will plan to arrive no later than Saturday, March 2, 2019 in order to enjoy an extended weekend of festivities.
Family Gras 2019 takes place Friday, February 22 - Sunday, February 24. Learn more about this FREE celebration of carnival in Metairie with outdoor concerts by both national artists and Louisiana's own!
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