Mardi Gras Parade Schedule

Mardi Gras Parade Schedule
Mardi Gras Parade Schedule

For a couple weeks in the early part of each year dozens of brightly festooned, themed Mardi Gras floats carrying krewe royalty, celebrities, and masked members, lead marching bands and riders on horseback, flambeaux carriers and others through the streets of New Orleans and the surrounding area, bestowing beads, doubloons, and other prized trinkets to millions of revelers witnessing "the greatest show on Earth".

While Carnival season officially begins January 6 every year, most parades don't start until about couple weeks before Mardi Gras Day, which can fall as early as Feb 5 or as late as March 9. The official parade schedule is typically released during the first few weeks of each new year, and we post it here as soon as it's available.

If you're interested in planning a trip for Mardi Gras, you can find future mardi gras dates here. You can also book your trip to New Orleans here if your travel dates are less than a year away.

Be sure to pack clothing that is comfortable and can be layered, as the weather is often warm during the day and then cool for the night parades, depending on the time of year.
And don't be shy—wear a costume, especially on Mardi Gras day. It's all about fun!

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