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 Parade Schedule in New Orleans
Here are a few of the parade highlights of Mardi Gras 2018. Get a list of every Mardi Gras parade in the New Orleans area - Mardi Gras season parade schedule
The festivities kick off Friday, January 5, with the Phunny Phorty Phellows parading through the Uptown District. On Saturday, January 6, the Krewe of Joan of Arc and the Société Des Champs Elysée Parade marches through the French Quarter.
Krewe du Vieux and krewe delusion roll the evening of Saturday, January 27, in the French Quarter.
On Saturday, February 3, 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 10 with the Krewe of Endymion rolling through Mid-City, followed by Bacchus (Sunday, February 11), Orpheus (Monday, February 12) and, on the morning of Fat Tuesday, Zulu and Rex.
Mardi Gras Day Parade Schedule
Tuesday February 13, 2018
- 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
And if you want more Mardi Gras, you're in luck because parades and celebrations take place all over Louisiana!
View Mardi Gras 2018 Parade Schedules in Capital City.
View Mardi Gras 2018 Parade Schedules in Lake Charles, Lafayette & Cajun Country.
View Mardi Gras 2018 Parade Schedules in Alexandria, Natchitoches and Monroe.
View Mardi Gras 2018 Parade Schedules in Shreveport-Bossier.
Experience all the Louisiana Mardi Gras festivities - see a full schedule at MardiGras.LouisianaTravel.com.