Mardi Gras only lasts a day, but Carnival season spans weeks, giving our hotel guests ample opportunities to check out a parade or two (or three). You’ll also have a chance to try king cake throughout the Carnival season. Some of our favorites are from Haydel’s Bakery, Manny Randazzo, and Cake Café, all of which pair perfectly with a cocktail from our Carousel Bar & Lounge or on-site restaurant, Criollo.
Once you’re feeling sated and spirited, step out into New Orleans for a Carnival experience throughout the city. We’ve put together a Mardi Gras parade schedule for the whole season for parades rolling in Uptown and the French Quarter. Remember, the Mardi Gras season is based on Easter, which happens early this year. With that in mind, Carnival time is short and sweet in New Orleans this year. Take a look!
Mardi Gras 2016 Parade Schedule
Saturday, Jan. 23
Krewe du Vieux rolls through the French Quarter at 6:30 p.m. with Krewe Delusion following directly afterward. Both parades are in our neighborhood, and we love seeing our guests come back through the lobby bedecked in beads after the first major parades of the Carnival season.
Friday, Jan. 29
Uptown, Krewe of Cleopatra, an all-female krewe, rolls just after Krewe of Oshun. If you’re at our French Quarter hotel, the Krewe of Cork (as in wine cork) parade is in the area. Be sure to have a glass of wine from The Carousel Bar in hand, or celebrate the parade afterward by heading to Criollo – their wine list is full of playful whites, interesting reds, and bubbles to keep the party going.
Saturday, Jan. 30
This Saturday is a big one for parades. In Uptown, five Krewes will roll from 1:00 p.m. until 6:15 p.m. Krewe of Pontchartrain, Krewe of Pygmalion, and the others will throw traditional fare like beads and doubloons, but the Krewe of Sparta is promising a secret mystery throw this year – get ready! The Marigny also will host two parades, the micro-krewe ‘tit Rex and Krewe of Chewbacchus, starting at 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 31
Animal lovers rejoice! The Krewe of Barkus parades in the French Quarter at 2:00 p.m. The same day, you’ll find three parades in Uptown. The Krewe of Carrolton kicks things off at noon, parading down Magazine Street.
Wednesday, Feb. 3
The Krewes of Druid and Nyx parade down St. Charles Avenue starting at 6:30 p.m. The Krewe of Nyx, one of the newest krewes founded in 2012, rolls in Uptown, preceded by the Krewe of Druid. Nyx features a popular throw of purses — we wish you luck in catching one!
Thursday, Feb. 4
The Krewe of Muses, rolls in Uptown at 6:30 p.m. in Uptown. Their throws, intricately decorated shoes, are arguably the most coveted catch of the entire Carnival season, and the parade is a staff favorite at our hotel – we’ll definitely take a pedi-cab Uptown to see it! The Knights of Babylon and the Knights of Chaos also parade in Uptown before Muses starts.
Friday, Feb. 5
The krewes of Hermes, d’Etat, and Morpheus parade through uptown, with Hermes starting things off regally: their parade features a real, white horse and more than 700 parade participants.
Saturday, Feb. 6
For a change of venue, head to Mid-City and check out the Krewe of Endymion, rolling down Canal Street at 4:15 p.m. Start your day in Uptown, when the all-female Krewe of Iris and the Krewe of Tucks roll at 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., respectively.
Sunday, Feb. 7
Krewe of Bacchus – typically helmed by a celebrity guest as Bacchus – rolls at 5:15 p.m. in Uptown. Past Bacchuses have included Hugh Laurie, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, and Drew Brees. Other krewes parading that day are Mid-City (in Uptown, ironically), Okeanos, and Thoth.
Monday, Feb. 8 (Lundi Gras)
Lundi Gras features two big krewes: Proteus and Orpheus. The latter typically features celebrity guests – Sandra Bullock, Quentin Tarantino, and Stevie Wonder, to name a few. Both parades roll through Uptown starting at 5:15 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 9 (Mardi Gras)
Mardi Gras Day! The festivities start early, with Krewe of Zulu (and their famous coconuts) rolling through Uptown at 8:00 a.m. Krewe of Rex – featuring the King of Carnival – follows, plus parades for the krewes of Elks Orleans and Crescent City. Our hotel will be decorated in glittering green, purple, and gold, too – make sure to get some pictures inside the lobby.
If you can’t make it this year, join us next year instead. Carnival 2017 begins Jan. 6, culminating in Mardi Gras Day on Tuesday, Feb. 28.