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New Orleans’ Carnival Season

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Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras

An exciting time on New Orleans’ festive calendar, Carnival Season celebrates the anticipated Fat Tuesday holiday.

Happening between and including Twelfth Night and Fat Tuesday, Carnival Season features parades, parties, and plenty of preparation as the city readies itself for Mardi Gras Day.

Following Twelfth Night – the festive first night of Mardi Gras season featuring small parades and King Cake parties – Carnival Season is approximately six weeks of celebration leading to the big day.

Homes and businesses are adorned with the fleur-de-lis – the decorative French lily or iris – and almost everyone is wearing their best purple, green and gold.

Parades are held in Slidell, Metairie, and the French Quarter, while parties are in progress throughout the New Orleans metropolitan area and southern Louisiana.

Visiting during carnival season? Learn more about this electrifying time of year in one of New Orleans’ many museums and cultural centers. Start by Introducing yourself to the culture of the Mardi Gras Indians at the Backstreet Cultural Museum – set in the Faubourg Tremé neighborhood.

Located next to Jackson Square neighboring the St. Louis Cathedral, The Presbytere puts you in the heart of Mardi Gras territory. Part of the Louisiana State Museum and a National Historic Landmark, The Presbytere features the exhibit “Mardi Gras: It's Carnival Time in Louisiana” – showcasing memorabilia from parades, balls, and the Courir du Mardi Gras.

Set on the Mississippi River, Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World features tours of their colorful studios. Open daily, Mardi Gras World allows visitors to peak in on sculpture, prop, and float creation – titillating you all the more for Mardi Gras Day.


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