Mardi Gras Information & Updates
Welcome to Carnival 2018!
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 2018, Carnival season begins on Kings Day, January 6, and culminates on Mardi Gras day, February 13.
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 is also information on how to stay informed throughout Mardi Gras 2018. Above all, get ready for a safe and fun Carnival Season.
Stay Informed with Text Updates
- To keep the residents and visitors fully informed this Mardi Gras season, the City will provide live updates to the public about weather, traffic and general parade safety. Parade goers are encouraged to text MARDIGRAS to 888777 from a mobile device to receive alerts.
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.