This is the weekend we’ve been waiting for. With seven days of nonstop parades and lots of events in between, Mardi Gras is in full effect. We’ve got everything you need to know below – Happy Mardi Gras, y’all!
Mardi Gras Mask Market – Stop by the French Market Mardi Gras Mask Market from March 1-4. Browse handmade artisan masks, listen to live music, and indulge in plenty food and drink. The market is open each day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature performances from the Tremé Brass Band, Soul Brass Band, and more. Find the market in Dutch Alley in the 900 block of N. Peters Street.
Krewe of Druids, Nyx – Named for the goddess of the night, Nyx’s all-female krewe rolls Uptown this Wednesday at 7 p.m., following the Krewe of Druids which rolls at 6:15 p.m. The Krewe of Nyx’s theme will remain secret until the parade rolls, but look out for purse-shaped doubloons, tumblers, socks, and, of course, their signature hand-decorated purses.
Knights of Babylon, Chaos, Krewe of Muses – Founded in 2000, the Krewe of Muses rolls Uptown beginning at 6:30 p.m. Following the Knights of Babylon (5:30 p.m.) and the Knights of Chaos (6:30 p.m.), this parade is worth the wait. The theme is also kept secret until parade time, but you can expect to catch rubber ducks, fuzzy socks, parade route art, and, if you’re lucky, a coveted, hand-decorated high-heel shoe. Read more about the coveted throw here. *Editor’s Note: Due to rain in the forecast, parades on Thursday will roll a half an hour earlier than scheduled
Krewe of Hermes, d’Etat, Morpheus – Following the Krewe of Hermes (5:30 p.m.) and Krewe d’Etat is the Krewe of Morpheus, parading in its 19th year. This year, the 24-float procession will roll at 7 p.m. with the theme “Morpheus’ Dream Destinations.” Expect to catch LED throws, sheeped-shaped cut-out doubloons, and sleep masks while enjoying the sounds of 18 marching bands from across the region.
Krewe of Iris, Tucks – The Krewe of Iris will parade beginning at 11 a.m. along the Uptown route with the theme “Iris Through a Child’s Eyes.” The Krewe of Tucks will follow with the theme “Tucks Gets Sick” for its 51st year.
Krewe of Endymion – Rolling from Mid-City to downtown New Orleans is the Krewe of Endymion at 4:15 p.m. on Saturday. The 53rd annual parade will proceed with the theme “Wonder Tales of Science Fiction.” The super-krewe features over 3,000 members and 81 individual floats.
Krewe of Okeanos, Mid-City, Thoth – Along the Uptown route on Sunday, Krewe of Okeanos will roll at 11 a.m. with the theme “Okeanos Celebrates 70,” followed by Krewe of Mid-City with the theme “Mid-City Thinks Outside the Box” and Krewe of Thoth with the theme “Thoth Salutes the Greats.”
Krewe of Bacchus – The Krewe of Bacchus will roll in its 51st year beginning at 5:15 p.m. with the theme “Starring Louisiana.” The super-krewe will roll along the Uptown New Orleans route and features 32 floats and 1,600 riders.
MONDAY (Lundi Gras)
Zulu Lundi Gras Festival – Welcome the King of Zulu at Woldenberg Park with a performance from the Topcats from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.
The Riverwalk’s 33rd Annual Lundi Gras Festival – The annual meeting of Zulu and Rex will take place this year at the Riverwalk’s Spanish Plaza, with live music from noon to 6:30 p.m. This free event will culminate with fireworks along the Mississippi River.
Red Beans Parade – Catch this parade second-lining through Tremé and the Bywater on Lundi Gras. The parade begins at 2 p.m. at the Marigny Opera House and ends at the Backstreet Cultural Museum with plenty of stops along the way. The party expands to Mid-City with the Dead Beans Parade which starts at Bayou St. John and meets up with the Red Beans Parade afterwards. Anyone can enjoy the parade; spectators are even encouraged to don some red beans and dress the part.
Krewe of Proteus, Orpheus – The Krewe of Proteus is set to roll along the Uptown route at 5:15 p.m. with the theme “Travel and Treasures of the Silk Road.” The Krewe of Orpheus will follow with the theme “The Orpheus Imaginarium.” This will round out the weekend full of super-krewe parades, featuring 38 floats and 1,400 male and female riders.
TUESDAY (Mardi Gras Day)
Krewe of Zulu, Rex – Fat Tuesday starts bright and early with the Krewe of Zulu parading through Tremé and Uptown New Orleans beginning at 8 a.m. This year’s theme is “Zulu Celebrates Fantasy and Adventure,” and the parade will feature over 100 units and 45,000 coconuts, the krewe’s signature throw. The Krewe of Rex will follow at 10 a.m. with the theme “Visions of the Sun.”
Bourbon Street Awards – Celebrate this LGBTQ Mardi Gras tradition and Carnival’s ultimate costume contest. Awards are given in a variety of categories, including Best Leather, Best Drag, Best Group, and Best Overall Costume. Catch all the fun on Bourbon Street at noon on Mardi Gras Day.