Mardi Gras Information & Updates
Welcome to Carnival 2016!
For over 150 years, New Orleanians have celebrated the "greatest free show on earth" complete with parades, marching bands and revelry that only a city like New Orleans can provide. In 2016, Carnival season begins on Kings Day, January 6, and culminates on Mardi Gras day, February 9.
This season, parade goers are reminded of several important safety regulations that took effect in 2014. Additionally, the City and its partners have taken extensive steps to lessen the impact of ongoing construction and are coordinating with the RTA to improve transportation options for parade goers. Please take a few minutes to learn about the safety rules and plan your trip to the festivities in advance. Below, you will find interactive maps which display parade routes by each day so you can plan ahead. There are also links to the RTA's website so you can check bus and streetcar schedules. Above all, get ready for a safe and fun Carnival Season.
Interactive Parade Maps
2014 City Council Ordinances
A copy of the ordinance passed by the City Council concerning riders, ladders, throwbacks, portable toilets and vendors is available here.
A copy of the ordinance passed by the City Council concerning parking regulations along the parade route is available here.
For information about Mardi Gras Vendor Applications, Reviewing Stand Permits, and other permitting information, please visit the city's One Stop Shop for Mardi Gras.