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 2019 is on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.
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!
2019 Mardi Gras Parades Schedule in New Orleans
The 2019 festivities kick off Sunday, January 6, with the Krewe of Joan of Arc and the Société Des Champs Elysée Parade marching through the French Quarter, followed by the Phunny Phorty Phellows parading through the Uptown neighborhood.
The sci-fi themed Krewe of Chewbacchus roll through the Marigny on Saturday, February 9, with more than 65 more parades (wow!) scheduled from Saturday, February 16, through Tuesday, March 5, 2019.
Mardi Gras' tiniest parade, 'tit Rex (complete with shoebox-sized floats) marches through the Marigny on Saturday, February 23, and the costumed puppy parade known as the Krewe of Barkus goes through the French Quarter the next day on Sunday, February 24.
But these are just a few the highlights, so be sure to check out the full schedule listing every Mardi Gras 2019 parade in New Orleans and surrounding areas.
Mardi Gras Day Parade Schedule
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
- Krewe of Zulu - Uptown, 8 a.m.
- Krewe of Rex - Uptown, 10 a.m.
- Krewe of Elks Orleans - Uptown, follows Rex
- Krewe of Crescent City - Uptown, follows Elks Orleans
- Krewe of Argus - Metairie, 10 a.m.
- Krewe of Elks Jefferson - Metairie, follows Argus
- Krewe of Jefferson - Metairie, follows Elk Jefferson
- Krewe of Lyra - Covington, 10 a.m.
And if you want more Mardi Gras, you're in luck because parades and celebrations take place all over Louisiana!
View Mardi Gras 2019 Parade Schedules in Baton Rouge.
View Mardi Gras 2019 Parade Schedules in Lake Charles, Lafayette and Cajun Country.
View Mardi Gras 2019 Parade Schedules in Alexandria and Natchitoches.
View Mardi Gras 2019 Parade Schedules in Shreveport-Bossier City, Ruston and Monroe.
Learn about Cajun Mardi Gras Festivities.
Experience all the Louisiana Mardi Gras festivities - see a full schedule at MardiGras.LouisianaTravel.com.