Bacchus Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans

Mardi Gras in Louisiana

Everywhere else, it's just a Tuesday.

Mark Twain once wrote that a traveler " ... has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi Gras in New Orleans." Of the hundreds of Louisiana festivals, none tops Mardi Gras. Spectacular parades, unbelievable costumes, music, dancing, food, drink – take your pick of places to indulge and enjoy. The biggest celebration occurs in New Orleans, but nearly every community in the state has its own version of the annual party. Wherever you go, you can find the style that best suits you, including tons of family-style celebrations.

See For Yourself

Watch these stories for a glimpse of Mardi Gras in Louisiana!

Looking Forward to Mardi Gras

Dive into the fun and exciting story of Mardi Gras with our resident Mardi Gras expert, Arthur Hardy.

Mardi Gras in Louisiana!

What all is involved with Mardi Gras and Carnival season? Watch the video to see how Louisiana celebrates Mardi Gras.

It's not Mardi Gras without King Cake

Mardi Gras is famous for a lot of things including the King Cake! This delicious treat really shows off the signature Mardi Gras colors; purple, green and gold.

How did Mardi Gras get started?

Mardi gras is French for "Fat Tuesday." Get the quick rundown on the origins of Mardi Gras.

12th Night in Louisiana

Learn about Twelfth Night and what it signifies.

Mardi Gras Revelry

Let the good times roll with these memories of Carnival revelry from years past.