We believe in the wisdom of fools and the true spirit of Mardi Gras: an optimistic and enduring human capacity for merriment and make-believe, for mirthful mockery and the creative indulgence of whimsy, as expressed through a remarkable amalgamation of homegrown customs and traditions. Our mission is to showcase this spirit, and deepen the public’s appreciation of Mardi Gras as a cultural attraction.
Mardi Gras parades are a feast for the senses — with floats that bemuse and entertain; rollicking bands full of joyful noise; inspired dance troupes and showers of baubles that stoke an exhilarating feeding frenzy.
More a cultural phenomenon/art form than an "event," Mardi Gras is a diffuse, citywide affair that can be experienced on many different levels. To help visitors navigate the panorama of its bounty and get the most of their experience, while avoiding hassles and pitfalls, Mardi Gras Tips and Ticks offers a compendium of seasoned advice on parade etiquette, reaping throw booty, balcony and grandstand access, how to catch a ride in a float parade and much more.
Everybody knows that Mardi Gras is a time to frolic and have fun, to “throw down,” as they say in the Crescent City. But beyond the superficial stereotypes, the celebration represents an authentic and compelling expression of indigenous folkways.
Rex and his queen may officially reign over festivities, but Carnivaldom is full of skilled artisans, larger-than-life personalities and visionaries who enrich the panorama of the festivities. Meet our Colorful Characters.
Experience the delirious, eye-popping kaleidoscope that is Mardi Gras — a visually intoxicating celebration and the official art form of New Orleans. Images and videos capturing everything from the magnificence of Mardi Gras Indian regalia and the boisterous revelry of offbeat marching groups to the pageantry of float parades and the feeding frenzy for throws.
Carnival has played a pivotal role in nurturing what is now widely recognized as New Orleans’ unique gift to the world and its most valuable cultural resource: music. Mardi Gras Music Radio is a shout-out to this incredibly rich tradition. Tune in via your desktop, tablet or mobile device!
Revelers of the world… All hail! Mardi Gras trivia madness is here. Catch the excitement, and get ready to test YOUR Carnival knowledge. Virgin, Intermediate, Advanced and (for those aspiring to Summa Carnival Cum Laude) Junkie levels.
A day-by-day compendium of Mardi Gras-related events and activities accessible to the public: processions, artistic pursuits, revels and rituals that, collectively, comprise one of the most extraordinary extravaganzas on the planet. Sort events by genre and conveniently share listings with your friends.