Mardi Gras Central at
Countdown to Mardi Gras 2016 in New Orleans
|   Mardi Gras Parade Schedule   |   Mardi Gras Music   | Home Page   |

Mardi Gras in New Orleans 2015
Mardi Gras News & General Info:

  • When is Mardi Gras 2015? - Mardi Gras Day falls on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.

  • Future Mardi Gras Dates - 2016 (February 9) - 2017 (February 28) - 2018 (February 13).

  • 2015 Mardi Gras Parade Schedule - When and where to catch Mardi Gras parades and related events in New Orleans. Also see the New Orleans Concert Line for a detailed list of concerts and other special events.

  • Don't Miss Out! - Make your travel plans now for the best rooms & rates. We recommend checking out,, Expedia, and/or Travelocity for the best deals on hotel rooms, flights and car rentals.

  • New Krewe in Jefferson Parish - The new, all-women Krewe of Athena has received approval to parade in Metairie during the 2015 Mardi Gras season (date/time tba). Also, the krewe is currently accepting new members - get more info at

Mardi Gras in New Orleans 2014
Mardi Gras News & General Info:

  • When is Mardi Gras 2014? - Mardi Gras Day falls on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.

  • 2014 Mardi Gras Parade Schedule - When and where to catch Mardi Gras parades and related events in New Orleans. Also see the New Orleans Concert Line for a detailed list of concerts and other special events.

  • Endymion News - The Krewe of Endymion has announced that Norman Reedus from "The Walking Dead" and Ian Somerhalder from "Vampire Diaries" will be co-Grand Marshals for their 2014 parade, and Carrie Underwood will headline the post-parade Endymion Extravaganza. Bucktown All-Stars, Groovy 7, and The Topcats will perform at the pre-parade Samedi Gras party.

  • Orpheus News: New Orleans music legend and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Fats Domino has been named an honorary Grand Marshal for the 2014 Krewe of Orpheus parade.

    Oscar-winning screenwriter, director & actor Quentin Tarantino will reign as 2014 Orpheus Celebrity Monarch.

    Headliners for the 2014 Orpheuscapade bash include Cheap Trick and Big Bad VooDoo Daddy

  • Bacchus News - Actor and musician Hugh Laurie will reign as the celeb King for the 2014 Krewe of Bacchus parade.

  • Argus News - New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will reign as Grand Marshal for the Krewe of Argus parade (Mardi Gras day, in Metairie). Ryan led the Saints from the No. 32-ranked defense in 2012 to No. 4 in 2013. Who Dat!

  • Alla Moves Uptown - The Krewe of Alla will move its parade from the West Bank to uptown New Orleans in 2014. Alla joins ex West Bankers Krewe of Choctaw and Krewe of Cleopatra, who both defected to the uptown parade route in 2013. The Krewe of Choctaw's move uptown in 2013 was due to scheduling issues related to Super Bowl XLVII and float-sharing logistics. The group decided to make the change permanent as of Mardi Gras 2014.

  • Mardi Gras Playlist - Our great big list of classic Mardi Gras songs, essential music for your Mardi Gras parties and digital music players. You can also tune in to our "Mardi Gras Mambo" playlist on

  • Parade Viewing: Catch the parades in comfort from grandstands at the InterContinental Hotel on St. Charles Avenue. The InterContinental is also hosting a buffet for hungry revelers on Mardi Gras Day. Other spots for catching parades are the Hilton Hotel (at 333 St. Charles) and Avenue Gallery (formerly Michaul's) at 840 St. Charles Ave. The City of New Orleans has viewing stands on St. Charles Avenue, near Gallier Hall and Lafayette Square (see The Hotel Modern has viewing stands located at Lee Circle.

  • New Rules: The New Orleans City Council adopted new rules for Mardi Gras Parades that go into effect in 2014. Changes include restrictions on placements of ladders, a ban on use of ropes to create barricades, and new parade route parking rules. Read more here.

  • Surviving Mardi Gras - Suffering from too much partying? Try Drinkwel - the first daily multivitamin for healthy people who drink alcohol. See more hangover remedies.

  • Mardi Gras Supplies - Shop early for your Mardi Gras 2014 needs. If you are looking for costumes, masks, wigs, beads, home decorations or party supplies, check out also has a slew of Mardi Gras merchandise to choose from.

Mardi Gras in New Orleans 2013
Mardi Gras News & General Info:

  • When is Mardi Gras 2013? - Mardi Gras Day falls on Tuesday, February 12, 2013.

  • 2013 Mardi Gras Parade Schedule - When and where to catch parades in New Orleans, Metairie and on the Westbank, plus other special events.

  • Metairie Update - The Krewe of Hera and Krewe of Zeus have canceled their 2013 parades due to weather concerns. They were scheduled to roll on Lundi Gras evening. Their Lundi Fest celebration has also been canceled.

  • Bands & Clubs Schedules - where and when to catch: 9th Ward Marching Band - 610 Stompers - NOLA Cherry Bombs - Roots of Music Marching Crusaders - St. Augustine High School Marching 100 - The Muff-A-Lottas - Krewe of the Rolling Elvi - The Sirens of New Orleans - catch the Camel Toe Lady Steppers in the Krewe of Muses.

  • City Announces Enforcement Policies - the city of New Orleans has announced its enforcement policies for the 2013 Mardi Gras season. The list covers parking restrictions, use of neutral grounds, juvenile curfews, general reminders, and more. See the full presss release here.

  • Live Music - See the New Orleans Concert Line for live music listings during Mardi Gras. Also check the Calendar of Events for a list of festivals, fairs, and other happenings going on in & around New Orleans.

  • Bacchus Bash 2013 - The 2013 Bacchus Bash Block Party is set for February 10th at Generations Hall, with music from Flow Tribe, Chris Mule and the Perpetrators, J. Monque'D Blues Band, The Chee-Weez, DJ Jive and DJ Wixx. The event, formerly held at Ernst Cafe, is free and it runs from 12:00pm til 2:00am. VIP Tickets ($80 each) will get you free food, an open bar, private restrooms, and more.

  • The BLT Ball, an annual Costume (Black Tie & Boxers, Lingerie or Toga) Mardi Gras party, is set for February 8, 2013 at Southport Hall in New Orleans. For tickets and more info, visit

  • Lundi Gras Events: special events taking place in New Orleans on Lundi Gras (Monday, February 11) include the Zulu Lundi Gras Festival and Lundi Gras on the Mississippi. If you plan to catch the parades in Metairie, check out Lundi Fest 2013.

  • Orpheus 2013 - Krewe of Orpheus co-founder Harry Connick, Jr. will participate in the 2013 parade and he has also written a new song in honor of the Krewe's 20th anniversary. Connick will premiere the tune, "Smokey Mary Boogie Woogie Choo Choo Train", at Orpheuscapade, the Krewe's parade after party.

    Celebrity Monarchs for 2013 Krewe of Orpheus parade include actor Gary Sinise, New Orleans jazz & funk phenom Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, Tillman the skateboarding bulldog, actress Mariska Hargitay, and kids pop band Imagination Movers.

    Harry Connick, Jr. will headline the 2013 Orpheuscapade bash. Other performers include Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Party Crashers, and Vince Vance & the Valiants.

  • Endymion 2013 - pop star & American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson will be the celebrity grand marshal for the 2013 Krewe of Endymion Parade. Clarkson will also perform at the Endymion Extravaganza at the Superdome following the parade on February 9th.

    Performers at Endymion's annual pre-parade Samedi Gras Festival include the Bucktown All-Stars, The Topcats, and Groovy 7. Kelly Clarkson is scheduled to make an appearance at the event. The shindig runs from 12pm til 4pm, and takes place near Orleans Avenue & Olympia Street.

  • Party with Better Than Ezra - alt-rock band Better Than Ezra have announced plans for their third annual "Krewe of Rocckus," a 3 day event taking place during Mardi Gras 2013. Sister Hazel, Tonic frontman Emerson Hart, and Big Sam's Funky Nation will be joining BTE at the 2013 event. See the Krewe of Rocckus web site for ticket info and a complete schedule of events.

  • Super Bowl XLVII - Super Bowl XLVII is set for February 3, 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The first week of 2013 Mardi Gras parades will be pushed back to clear the way for the 2013 Super Bowl. See info on road closures related to Super Bowl XLVII. If you're coming in for the big game, check with TicketNetwork for Super Bowl parties, game tickets, parking passes, etc.

  • Parade Viewing: catch the parades in comfort from grandstands at the InterContinental Hotel on St. Charles Avenue. The InterContinental is also hosting a buffet for hungry revelers on Mardi Gras Day. Another great spot for catching parades is Michaul's on St. Charles Ave. The Cajun restaurant offers packages that include food, liquor, grand stand admission, taxes and gratuity. The City of New Orleans offers access to viewing stands on St. Charles Avenue, near Gallier Hall and Lafayette Square. See for details. The Hotel Modern has viewing stands located at Lee Circle.

  • Off the Beaten Path - Alternative things to do on Mardi Gras morning include catching the Mardi Gras Indians (at 2nd & Dryades or at Claiborne & Orleans). Walking parades to look for include the Krewe of St. Anne (aka Societe de Sainte Anne), which starts in the Bywater (circa 10:00am), the Krewe of Julu which rolls from the Bridge Lounge at noon, and the Krewe of Kosmic Debris (with the Pair-a-Dice Tumblers and the Krewe of the Living Dead), kicking off at 11:00am from The Blue Nile.

  • Choctaw Heads East - The Krewe of Choctaw, which normally parades on the West Bank, will roll on the traditional uptown parade route in 2013.

  • Cleopatra Heads East - After 39 years of parading on the Westbank, the Krewe of Cleopatra has announced it will parade on the Eastbank beginning Mardi Gras 2013. The krewe will roll on January 25, 2013 on the traditional Uptown parade route.

  • Return of Freret - The new Krewe of Freret is hoping to parade on the uptown route in 2013. Head to for membership info and more on the planned parade.

  • Update: Krewe of Freret has announced that they will not parade in 2013. The group will now focus on securing a parade permit for 2014.

Mardi Gras Costumes, Beads, Hats, Masks and Party Supplies

Mardi Gras in New Orleans
Mardi Gras in New Orleans - FAQ / General Info / Tips

  • Mardi Gras parades & related festivities begin in New Orleans circa 3 weeks before Mardi Gras Day.

  • Festivities officially end at midnight on Mardi Gras Day (March 4, 2014).

  • At midnight on Mardi Gras Day, NOPD (New Orleans Police Dept) officers take over Bourbon Street on horseback, clearing it out to announce the official end of Mardi Gras. The mounted police are followed by a convoy of street cleaning trucks, so you are advised to get off of Bourbon Street before all of this comes down. Not to worry though - you can head into any bar in and around the French Quarter to continue celebrating.

  • If you can only be in town for a couple of days, the weekend prior to Mardi Gras Day is the best time to be here. New Orleans is packed with tourists and locals, the biggest and best parades - the krewes of Endymion, Bacchus, and Orpheus - roll on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and there are other special events (eg. Zulu's Lundi Gras Festival) that only take place on the weekend before Fat Tuesday.

  • Flights and hotel rooms get harder to come by as Mardi Gras Day approaches, so book your travel plans as far in advance as possible. Note that some hotels may have a minimum stay requirement. We recommend checking with Expedia,, and/or Travelocity for the best deals on hotel rooms, flights and car rentals.

  • Glass bottles or containers are not allowed on the streets of New Orleans. Every bar / restaurant / convenience store will be stocked up with "Go Cups" - free plastic disposable cups - so ask for one on your way out the door.

  • What will the weather be like? In New Orleans, weather can change completely in a matter of hours, so your guess is as good as mine; check the forecasts before coming, and bring some warm clothes as well as rain gear just in case. Here is a little historical weather data from the Washington Post for what it's worth.

  • At Mardi Gras, you can get away with almost anything, but use common sense. Police forces are stretched, work long hours, and have to deal with thousands of drunks, so don't push your luck. If you are after the wild & crazy stuff, then hang out in the French Quarter (i.e. Bourbon Street). Girls flashing their breasts seems to be accepted, but only to the confines of Bourbon Street. Fighting, public sex, urinating in the streets, etc. will likely land you in the slammer. Not fun with a hangover, and you may not get out of the pokey until after Mardi Gras.

  • Have some cash on hand - if you catch a local band playing on the streets, or in a club, please make a deposit in their tip jar. Tip your waiters and bartenders well too - they also have to put up with loads of drunks, plus they have to struggle through crowds, traffic, and blocked streets just to get to work to wait on you.

Visit the Mardi Gras Central News Archives

Copyright © 2015 -

#MardiGras in New Orleans - the world's greatest free party!

Louis Satchmo Armstrong Mardi Gras Float