Bacchus Mardi Gras 2013, New Orleans Mardi Gras

mardi gras parade new orleansNew Orleans Mardi Gras
January 19, 2013 to February 12, 2013
New Orleans, Louisiana

While Mardi Gras is just one day for some, New Orleans Mardi Gras is one of the most anticipated times of the year for locals and tourists alike. Dress up, get to the parades early, keep tabs on the weather and your group, and you're guaranteed some classic NOLA fun!

What

Since the 60s, New Orleans Mardi Gras has become synonymous with the “Krewe of Bacchus” – a somewhat exclusive group of folks who participate in or organize Mardi Gras events throughout the year. The Krewe of Bacchus includes everyone from nobodies to celebrities, and has a goofy hierarchy that mimics a monarch.

New Orleans Mardi Gras includes a host of Carnival-themed parades and parties, so it’s pretty hard to miss out on Mardi Gras merriment. From the Bacchus Mardi Gras ball to the Bacchus Mardi Gras parade (and really, there’s not just one), you’ll get your fill of Carnival in New Orleans. There’s no doubting that.

Check out the full Mardi Gras parade schedule.

When

While those who don’t live in New Orleans may think of Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday as the same thing, Bacchus Mardi Gras is a season, not a one-time event. Dates of parades and parties vary year to year and city to city, but as long as you visit the Big Easy in mid to late January or February (preceding Fat Tuesday), with the exception of Super Bowl Week January 28th – February 5th, you’ll have zero trouble finding someone to toss some beads at you. Get an up-to-date schedule of the various Bacchus Mardi Gras parades and festivities on NOLA.com.

Where

NOLA's Mardi Gras parades happen all over town - from the French Quarter to West Bank. That means you can easily enjoy Mardi Gras vacation rentals anywhere in the Big Easy! Choose your location based on when you're visiting New Orleans - for example, on January 19th, the French Quarter will host a parade, while on Fat Tuesday, the action is centered around Uptown and Metairie.