Mardi Gras Day / Fat Tuesday
- Date: Feb 13, 2024
- Location: New Orleans
Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) is the culmination of a season-long party (Carnival) and there are many events and parades to keep you busy all day long! Keep in mind, Mardi Gras Day never falls on the same Tuesday each year because Easter Sunday never falls on the same Sunday each year. See further details and explanation here.
Start your day off bright and early with the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club parade and be sure and try to snag one of their exclusive hand-painted coconuts! Afraid of getting clunked on the head? Don't worry! The riders will hand it to you! Then stay put for the Krewe of Rex parade and see the King of Carnival! What follows next on the Uptown parade route are the less elaborate truck parades (what they lack in decorations, they make up for in spirit).
Keep an eye out for the dozens of roving tribes of Mardi Gras Indians with their elaborate costumes of feathers and beads, combining Native American, African and New Orleans cultures. Usually the routes are not announced to the public, but Central City and Treme are popular places to see them. See some of the most fanciful Mardi Gras costumes at the Society of St. Anne parade through the Bywater and Marigny. There is so much to do and see on the very last day of Mardi Gras!