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New Orleans Mardi Gras 2024

About 1,000,000 people will attend New Orleans Mardi Gras 2024 in New Orleans.

Jan 6, 2024 → Feb 18, 2024

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Your Ultimate Guide to New Orleans Mardi Gras 2024

Join us and let us guide you to the New Orleans Mardi Gras 2024. This carnival season, known for its colorful parades, flamboyant costumes, and lively music, takes place from January 6th to February 18th, 2024. Mardi Gras, like Christmas, is a whole season - not just one day, with Fat Tuesday being the biggest day of celebration. With a rich history dating back to the 18th century, Mardi Gras is a unique blend of cultural traditions and modern celebrations that make it a must-visit event on your travel calendar. The joyful music scene keeps the energy high throughout the celebration. All the activities on the parade are free. That is why it is called "The Greatest Free Show on Earth!"

Join the Rhythm of New Orleans Mardi Gras 2024

Mardi Gras, with its biggest day of celebration known as Fat Tuesday, is a carnival celebration that marks the day before the Christian season of Lent begins, before Ash Wednesday.

The January event opening the carnival season has its roots in the French tradition of indulging in rich, fatty foods on the eve of the fasting period.

General Insights

Each year the date of Fat Tuesday is different, between February 3 and March 9, and the date it falls on moves around. Ash Wednesday is always 46 days before Easter, and Fat Tuesday is always the day before Ash Wednesday.

Easter's date varies, falling on any Sunday between March 23 and April 25, determined by the first Sunday after the first full moon of the spring equinox.

Today, Mardi Gras in New Orleans has evolved into a grand spectacle attracting millions of visitors worldwide. Mardi Gras isn't just a one-day celebration, but just like Christmas, it's a whole festive season.

Why Attend New Orleans Mardi Gras 2024

The New Orleans Mardi Gras 2024 is an experience like no other. The city transforms into a massive stage where everyone is a participant. The streets of the French Quarter come alive with parades featuring beautifully decorated floats, marching bands, and dance troupes.

The atmosphere is electrifying, with people dressed in extravagant costumes, throwing beads, and dancing to the rhythm of jazz and blues.

Tasty and Unique Cuisine

The event is also a gastronomic delight. On the festival menu, you can find the traditional King Cake, which has a tiny plastic baby inside (but, the baby might also be made of porcelain or even gold), Creole dishes like jambalaya and gumbo, fresh seafood, and po-boys.

The cuisine is as diverse as the city itself, offering mouth-watering delicacies.

Join in on the Tradition with Wild Costumes

Costumes are an integral part of each Mardi Gras day. Dressing up in festive attire is a cherished tradition. The more colorful and outrageous, the better. From grand, colorful costumes to simple, thematic outfits, immerse yourself fully in the festivities and express your style in this haven of creativity.

Move with the Beat

Music is the heartbeat of the event, with jazz, blues, and zydeco creating an irresistible dance floor on the streets.

Tips for Fellow Travelers

To ensure a hassle-free experience, here are some tips:

  • Plan your visit to important places and key events in advance.
  • Embrace the city's diverse culture and be open to new experiences.
  • Respect local traditions and participate in the collective energy of the event.
  • Stay updated on parade routes and event schedules, as they are prone to change.

Bag Policy at New Orleans Mardi Gras 2024

All bags and backpacks are allowed at the festival, however, it's easy to lose your belongings when the craziness of the parade begins. We recommend you only bring what's absolutely necessary.

Why Bounce Luggage Storage is Convenient at New Orleans Mardi Gras 2024

Navigating through the crowded streets of Mardi Gras with luggage can be a hassle. That's where Bounce comes in. As the largest luggage storage platform, Bounce offers short-term luggage storage facilities worldwide, including New Orleans.

With over 10,000 storage locations in more than 2,000 cities, Bounce ensures your belongings are safe while you enjoy the festivities. 

Enjoy the Parade, Worry Free

With Bounce, you can drop off your bag for a few hours or a few days at a low, affordable daily rate. Each item stored through our platform comes with $10,000 in BounceShield™ Protection. We partner with local businesses like souvenir shops, hotels, and restaurants to create secure storage areas. 

We understand that plans can change, which is why we offer a flexible cancellation policy with free cancellation. With Bounce, you can enjoy the Mardi Gras without worrying about your belongings.

Things to Do in New Orleans

Beyond the parades, New Orleans during Mardi Gras is bustling with a bunch of activities and attractions. Engage in interactive experiences, from art workshops to music sessions, while you explore the city's rich culture.

Popular Attractions

Start with a brunch at the iconic French Quarter, where the lively streets echo with jazz music, and the architecture tells stories of a rich past. There's a nearby Bounce hotel where you can leave your luggage.

Don't miss the St. Louis Cathedral, a stunning symbol of the city's deep-rooted Catholic heritage. For art lovers, the best places to go are the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Contemporary Arts Center, which offer a look at both classical and modern artistry.

Take a stroll through the beautiful Garden District, a chic neighborhood filled with antic mansions and lush gardens. For history buffs the National WWII Museum is a must-visit, offering a visit to the past.

Family outings are the best when surrounded by animals and nature, so pack your bags and step into the zoo consistently ranked as one of the top 10 Zoos in the country: the Audubon Zoo, as well as its sister facilities Audubon Aquarium and Audubon Insectarium.

And of course, no trip to New Orleans is complete without a ride on the historic streetcars, a charming way to see the city.

See You in New Orleans?

New Orleans Mardi Gras 2024 promises to be an unforgettable experience. With its rich history, vibrant culture, and the convenience of Bounce luggage storage, your visit to the Big Easy will be nothing short of magical.

So pack your bags (and your costumes), and we'll see you in New Orleans!

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All you need to know

  • What are the dates of Mardi Gras in New Orleans 2024?

    Mardi Gras New Orleans 2024 parade season starts on January 6th and ends on February 18th, 2024. The biggest day of celebration is February 13th.

  • How long does Mardi Gras last in New Orleans?

    The parade season can last for about a month, starting in early January and ending in the second half of February.

  • What is prohibited during Mardi Gras?

    At New Orleans Mardi Gras, it's prohibited to interfere with the parade, move personal belongings of other people, save spots with objects, and store items close to the curb. Nudity and glass containers are not allowed.

  • How much does it cost to go to Mardi Gras?

    Mardi Gras is known as “the Greatest Free Show on Earth” and parades are free to view on public streets and boulevards. 

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