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Is a wonderful experience and felt very safe Definitely recommend it for the whole family it’s... read more

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For those who don’t want to see hard partying folks, stay away from bourbon street at night. Lundi... read more

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The city of New Orleans is the place to be for Mardis Gras, the last hurrah of the carnival season before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. While much of the focus of the event is on the rowdy, debaucherous crowd that takes over Bourbon Street in the...more
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Is a wonderful experience and felt very safe Definitely recommend it for the whole family it’s full of fun things

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank ivonesanchez09
Reviewed November 29, 2018

For those who don’t want to see hard partying folks, stay away from bourbon street at night. Lundi Gras which is the day before is really fun and more clean American fun. All the parades in the various neighborhoods from Jan 6 to Mardi Gras...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank TravelinSuz
Reviewed July 17, 2018

This review is of a tour we took to the warehouse where some of the floats are stored and where all of the artifacts for the floats are made. Very interesting and informative. Loved the 3D printer that they can program to create tons of...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Carol B
Reviewed April 17, 2018 via mobile

If you think Mardi Gras is all about booze and beads... you're kinda right! Just kinda... it's way more. During the day you can visualize multiple unique float parades and experience a multicultural scene of all ages - mostly above 25 yrs old. The cajun...More

Date of experience: February 2018
2  Thank Emerson L
Reviewed March 15, 2018

There are so many adjectives that one can employ to describe Mardi Gras, yet unless you have "been there and done that" you cannot get a true understanding of its magnitude. It is, unarguably, one of the most unique celebrations that one can experience in...More

Date of experience: February 2018
5  Thank ProfessorOnzaga
Reviewed March 13, 2018 via mobile

We went to this year’s final few days of Mardi Gras. We were not too sure what to expect so maybe I can provide a few useful insights Book early a hotel walking distance to the action of Bourbon street. Anywhere within a 10-20min walk...More

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank 688MW688
Reviewed March 3, 2018

my sister and i do not drink but that did not stop us going to mardi gras it was a fantastic time the bead throwing was alot of fun the catching of beads. the music street music was fantastic. the balcony partiies. the costumes were...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank ameliamarie2016
Reviewed March 3, 2018

Plenty to see and do colourful floats with historic themes, lots of beads and trinkets given out along the parade which went on from early mornings to late into the night, People very friendly and plenty to do, Floats went all over New Orleans so...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Julie L
Reviewed February 27, 2018

Mardi Gras is treating yourself to an overdose of extravaganza completely unexpected in scale when you compare to anywhere else in US. The streets of New Orleans become party area, the entire city is almost cordoned off while the city lavishes in celebration of festivity....More

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Siddharth B
Reviewed February 27, 2018

What a fantastic way to experience this once in a lifetime, bucket-list extravaganza! Our Celebrity ship was docked about 4 blocks from the French Quarter - so convenient to walk through to the streets and enjoy the crazy, good-natured crowds and awesome parades. It's an...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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December 20, 2018|
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Response from Carol B | Reviewed this property |
We were not there during Mardi Gras. My review was of the warehouse that stores the floats and where float items are created. Awesome to see the makings of these beautiful floats.
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Sudbury, Canada
What needs to be pre booked prior to Mardi Gras? (4 Replies)
Arriving Thursday and leaving Wednesday. So far we have flights and room in French Quarter booked at Inn on Ursuline. Just hubby and I. It's our 1st time in NOLA. We're a couple in mid 40's both adventurous and social. Want to experience parades, music, culture, food and a roaringly good time! Does anything else need to be pre booked or can we just go with the flow?
November 02, 2017|
Response fromCambridgtravler|
If you want to eat at specific restaurants, you should have reservations. Both brunch and dinner have long waits. You can make reservations for bleacher seats at some parades if you want.
Joanne D
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Transportation during Mardi Gras (4 Replies)
Hi, we booked a hotel near the airport during Mardi Gras to save some money. Now we need to figure out what's the best way to get around. If we rent a car, would there be a lot of closing roads and inconvenience to have a car with us? If we take public transportation, it seems like the hour of operations doesn't go very late. Is it easy to get taxi to get around? If anyone is familiar with the situation and can give us some pointers, I really appreciate it!
February 06, 2012|
Response fromLoopwhole|
There isn't really any good way to get to/from the French Quarter/Garden District/Central Business District (where most Carnival activities of general interest take place) and the area close to the Airport during the five days before and including Fat Tuesday. That's why hotels in those three areas charge so much, and hotels close to the Airport charge much less. There really isn't any public transportation (bus/streetcar) to/from the airport area at night. Unless you're leaving from the...More
Irvine, California
swamp tour, plantation tour 7 days in NO (3 Replies)
I will be in NO for a week later this month. I plan on taking a swamp tour and a plantation tour. We will have a car so we can drive ourselves directly to destination rather than having a tour company pick us up. If we do so, we will save however question is will we be missing something worthwhile not listening to the guide on a bus? We are also considering plantation tours and are interested in suggestions as what plantations are worth visit. Other issue is that most of the suggestions I...More
March 10, 2015|
Response fromkayak120|
Try the Historic New Orleans Collection at 533 Royal, and the Cabildo at Jackson Square. There are also guided tours at the Herman-Grima House, the Gallier House, and the Beauregard-Keyes House.