There are countless ways to experience Carnival season in the Crescent City. But it doesn’t get more “New Orleans” than a French Quarter Mardi Gras celebration!

Read on for four fantastic ways to celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans’ most historic neighborhood!


Join the Fun at the French Quarter Mardi Gras Parades

There are plenty of amazing parades that take place around the French Quarter during the Mardi Gras season!

The krewe of Cork on parade in the French Quarter

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Krewe of Cork

This year’s Krewe of Cork takes place on February 14th at 3:00 p.m. and makes its way through the heart of the Quarter. You couldn’t ask for a more fun-filled way to spend Valentine’s Day!

The Krewe of Cork celebrates food, wine, and good times with krewe members wearing wine-related costumes. The parade is accompanied by wine police in golf carts (the wine police motto is “to serve and pour”).

The Barkus Parade in New Orleans, one of the best ways to celebrate Mardi Gras in the French Quarter

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Krewe of Barkus

That very same weekend on Sunday, February 16th, the Mystic Krewe of Barkus parade rolls through the Vieux Carré.

Barkus is like no other French Quarter Mardi Gras parade: Man’s best friend is the center of the spectacle, with their humans acting as escorts. Seeing these costumed canines on parade is a must for any visitor!

It’s one of the best doggone events of the season and it starts at 2:00 p.m.

For a list of all 2020 Mardi Gras Parade Routes, visit the official Mardi Gras website!

Try a Classic French Quarter Restaurant

The parades and celebrations are essential for any French Quarter Mardi Gras trip. But no matter when you decide to visit, the city’s classic bars and restaurants deserve spots on your to-do list!

Coup's Place, a classic French Quarter restaurant

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Coop’s Place 

Coop’s Place has been a Decatur Street staple since 1983. Their menu is full of excellent Louisiana favorites like rabbit & sausage jambalaya, seafood gumbo, and fresh crab claws.

A seat at Coop’s never disappoints. The restaurant is a true New Orleans character, giving you an up-close and personal experience of French Quarter culture and classic Cajun food.

Port of Call has the best steaks and hamburger in the French Quarter

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Port of Call

Port of Call was established in 1963 as a steakhouse located on beautiful, historic Esplanade Avenue.

It began as a small neighborhood restaurant open only at night, but this French Quarter favorite has grown into an extremely popular lunch and dinner destination for locals and tourists alike.

The low-key and casual vibe makes for a great time, and their burgers and steaks are second to none!

Tujague's Restaurant in New Orleans, a historic and beloved French Quarter restaurant.

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Tujague’s is New Orleans’ second oldest restaurant, tracing its roots back to the 1850’s.

Today, patrons are still served several traditional Tujague’s specialties – shrimp remoulade, beef brisket with horseradish, and “cap” bread (a special kind of bread created in New Orleans) along with dark coffee in shot glasses.

A meal at this classic establishment is like a step back in time, and their world-famous flavors are worth the trip!

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Drink a Vieux Carre at the Carousel Bar & Lounge

Mardi Gras is New Orleans’ most whimsical and joyous event. And a cocktail at the iconic Carousel Bar & Lounge is the perfect compliment for your celebration!

Our bar’s signature cocktail, the Vieux Carre, is the perfect homage to the French Quarter: a blend of Bulleit Rye Whiskey, Hennessy, sweet Vermouth, Benedictine liqueur, and a dash of Peychaud’s bitters.

The Carousel Bar’s very own bartender, Walter Berferon, created the Vieux Carre drink at our bar in 1938.

It’s been a beloved concoction ever since – and it’s the ideal cocktail for getting in the Mardi Gras spirit!

Shop for Mardi Gras Masks at the French Market

The French Market is a historic, one-of-a-kind location in the French Quarter. And when Mardi Gras comes around, it’s a one-stop shop for all your festive Carnival needs!

Talented artists and vendors from around the country converge on the French Market from February 21 – February 24 to sell their artisan masks during Mardi Gras. If you’re looking to join in the costumed fun of Carnival, this market has you covered!

Book a Room for Mardi Gras at Hotel Monteleone!

Fat Tuesday is on February 25, 2020, but the month-long parades, festivities, and celebrations have already begun! Book your Mardi Gras stay today at Hotel Monteleone and experience the parades and festivities that make New Orleans so special!


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