When a native New Orleanian, or really anyone who has experienced Mardi Gras even once tries to explain it to someone who never has, it’s hard to find the exact words. Besides all the parades and events, Mardi Gras is a sensory experience. A rush of smells, tastes, colors, feelings and sounds combine to form that Mardi Gras je ne sais quoi. Our 2014 Mardi Gras guide breaks it down for you, detailing the parades big and small, special krewe traditions to seek out, where to eat and drink along the parade route, the Mardi Gras vernacular and more. Get ready to soak up the Carnival energy and here’s to an unforgettable Mardi Gras 2014!
Not only do we have a singular culture in New Orleans, but a specific language and dialect that might require some explanation to newcomers. Here is a glossary of Mardi Gras terms and lingo so you’ll know what “catching throws in my bead bag on the neutral ground side” means.
Mardi Gras is a vast landscape of parades spanning the spectrum of themes, styles, traditions and history. Use our guide to the different types of Mardi Gras krewes you will see and their unique backgrounds and place in the overall Mardi Gras experience.
The creative director of the glitziest, girliest Mardi Gras parade of them all, Muses, joins our hosts to talk about how Muses came to be, what it’s like being on the other side of the float, and the best way to catch the coveted Muses shoe.
Mardi Gras is more than just parades! Immerse yourself in the real, super-local Carnival spirit by experiencing these krewe customs, rituals and special events.
Use our guide to where to drink on the parade route and stake out the best spot to watch the parades roll by in close proximity to important Mardi Gras reinforcements including beverages, bathrooms and food.
Don’t make the rookie mistake of forgetting to eat during Mardi Gras, and with this guide to restaurants conveniently located along different parts of the parade route, you won’t go hungry.
Just as Mardi Gras isn’t just about parades, parades aren’t just about floats! Here are some of the sassiest, most creative and impressively costumed marching clubs and dancing troupes to keep your eye out for on the parade route.
Over the past few years, king cakes have really got “turnt up” with unconventional, sometimes over the top, ingredients and decorations in line with the spirit of Carnival. Though we love the more basic, traditional versions for those king cake purists among us, we can’t help but get excited about some of these new creative iterations.