Mardi Gras is the biggest celebration the city of New Orleans hosts every year. This magnificent, costumed, beaded and feathered party is laced with tradition and is all about having a good time! Mardi Gras 2016 is on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. Carnival traditionally begins the 12th night after Christmas, also known as Epiphany. And about two weeks before Mardi Gras, the parading begins! Every year Carnival parade organizations—known as "krewes"—are deep into preparations for their annual parades, costume balls and parties. Be sure to learn about Mardi Gras, learn the Mardi Gras lingo, and Mardi Gras history! Fat Tuesday itself typically features back-to-back processions by some of the largest and oldest Carnival organizations in the state. Remember flights and hotels fill up quickly so start planning your Mardi Gras celebrations now!
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Mardi Gras 2016 - New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade Schedule
Here are a few of the highlights of Mardi Gras 2016. View the entire Mardi Gras season parade schedule here.
The festivities kick off Wednesday, January 6, with the Krewe of Joan of Arc marching through the French Quarter, and Phunny Phorty Phellows parading through the Garden District towards downtown.
Krewe du Vieux and Krewe Delusion roll the evening of Saturday, January 23rd, in the Marigny and French Quarter.
On Saturday, January 30, Mardi Gras' tiniest parade, 'tit Rex (complete with shoebox-sized floats—awww) and the sci-fi themed Krewe of Chewbacchus roll through the Marigny. The following day, you'll find the costumed puppy parade known as the Krewe of Barkus (double-awww!)in the French Quarter.
The so-called "super krewes" start rolling on Saturday, February 6 (with the Krewe of Endymion), followed by Bacchus (Sunday, February 7), Orpheus (Monday, February 8) and, on the morning of Fat Tuesday, Zulu and Rex.
Mardi Gras Day Parade Schedule
Tuesday February 9, 2016
- Krewe of Zulu - Uptown, 8 am
- Krewe of Rex - Uptown, 10 am
- Krewe of Elks Orleans - Uptown, follows Rex
- Krewe of Crescent City - Uptown, follows Elks
- Krew of Grela - Gretna, 10 am
- Krewe of Argus - Metairie, 10 am
- Krewe of Elks Jefferson - Metairie, follows Argus
- Krewe of Jefferson - Metairie, follows Elk
Note: There are many more parades before Mardi Gras. To see a full schedule, visit MardiGras.LouisianaTravel.com.