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Mardi Gras Krewes in New Orleans
The Krewe of Thoth rolls through New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras.

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 2017 is on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. 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! 

View Mardi Gras 2017 Parade Schedules in Capitol City.

View Mardi Gras 2017 Parade Schedules in Lake Charles & Cajun Country.

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Mardi Gras 2017 - New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade Schedule

Here are a few of the highlights of Mardi Gras 2017. View the entire Mardi Gras season parade schedule here.

The festivities kick off Friday, 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, February 11, in the Marigny and French Quarter.

On Saturday, February 18, 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 25 (with the Krewe of Endymion), followed by Bacchus (Sunday, February 26), Orpheus (Monday, February 27) and, on the morning of Fat Tuesday, Zulu and Rex.

Mardi Gras Day Parade Schedule

Tuesday February 28, 2017

Note: There are many more parades before Mardi Gras. To see a full schedule, visit MardiGras.LouisianaTravel.com.

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