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 2018 is on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. 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!
2018 Mardi Gras Information will be updated as it becomes available!
In the meantime, check out how much fun we had last year:
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
- 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
- Krewe of Argus - Metairie, 10 am
- Krewe of Elks Jefferson - Metairie, follows Argus
- Krewe of Jefferson - Metairie, follows Elk
- Krewe of Lyra - Covington, 10am
View Mardi Gras 2017 Parade Schedules in Capital City.
View Mardi Gras 2017 Parade Schedules in Lake Charles, Lafayette & Cajun Country.
View Mardi Gras 2017 Parade Schedules in Shreveport-Bossier.
Note: There are many more parades before Mardi Gras. To see a full schedule, visit MardiGras.LouisianaTravel.com.