Monday, February 14, 2011

When is Mardi Gras?

When does Mardi Gras start? Good question.  The Mardi Gras schedule for 2011 is listed below.

Mardi Gras marks the close of a season which officially starts on the Epiphany (Three kings Day) and ends on the eve of Ash Wednesday. Carnivals (lavish parades and parties operated by Krewes) start as much as 2 weeks prior to the actual Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday). Mardi Gras reaches its finale late Tuesday Night and then New Orleans goes quiet as the season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. In fact, it is the only night when New Orleans’ round the clock nightlife shuts down and the French Quarter is cleared. The official close of Mardi Gras is Midnight and the New Orleans Police will clear the streets.

For travelers from out of town, the prime Mardi Gras party period really gets into high gear the Friday before Fat Tuesday and continues non-stop through Tuesday night. For newbies to Mardi Gras, one of the best parades is the Zulu Krewe. Decked out in African garb and elaborate floats, not only are beads and doubloons generously and amply thrown out to the masses, but if you're lucky you might catch a coconut head, rubber spear or other neat trinket. Also, most people don't realize most parades occur in Uptown New Orleans with post parade partying occurring in the FRench Quarter and other locales throughout New Orleans.

Finding hotel lodging for Mardi Gras is a real challenge. If you are thinking of taking a trip to Mardi Gras, you might want to consider a Mardi Gras lodging by finding a New Orleans Hotel outside of the French Quarter. A particularly nice area is New Orleans’ Garden District which is close to the French Quarter is relatively safe.  

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MARDI GRAS SCHEDULE 2011

Information courtsey of the NOCVB. Time and information could change for unforseen circumstances.


Mardi Gras - Sunday, February 20, 2011

Krewe
Location (unless New Orleans is stated it is another city)
Time
Metairie
12:00 PM
Perseus
Slidell
1:00 PM



Mardi Gras -Friday, February 25, 2011

Krewe
Location
Time
Oshun
Uptown New Orleans
6:00 PM
Westbank
6:30 PM
Mandeville
7:00 PM
Metairie
7:00 PM
Atlas
Metairie
7:30 PM





Mardi Gras -Saturday, February 26, 2011

Krewe
Location
Time
Westbank
11:00 AM
Westbank
11:45 AM
Uptown New Orleans
2:00 PM
Nemesis
St. Bernard
4:00 PM
Caesar
Metairie
6:00 PM
Covington
6:00 PM
Uptown New Orleans
6:00 PM
Slidell
6:30 PM
Pygmalion
Uptown New Orleans
6:45 PM



Sunday, February 27, 2011

Krewe
Location
Time
Alla
West Bank
12:00 PM
Uptown New Orleans
12:00 PM
Dionysus
Slidell
1:00 PM
Uptown New Orleans
1:15 PM
Rhea
Metairie
2:00 PM
Thor
Metairie
3:00 PM



Mardi Gras -Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Krewe
Location
Time
Druids
Uptown
6:30 PM




Mardi Gras -Thursday, March 3, 2011

Krewe
Location
Time
Uptown New Orleans
5:45 PM
Chaos
Uptown New Orleans
6:30 PM
Uptown New Orleans
6:30 PM


Mardi Gras Weekend Starts - (Friday through Tuesday Night)


Mardi Gras -Friday, March 4, 2011

Krewe
Location
Time
Uptown New Orleans
6:00 PM
Uptown New Orleans
6:30 PM
Slidell
6:30 PM
Mandeville
7:00 PM
Lyra


Morpheus Excellent
Uptown New Orleans
7:00 PM
Centurions
Metairie
7:00 PM



Mardi Gras -Saturday, March 5, 2011

Krewe
Location
Time
Westbank
10:45 AM
Iris
Uptown New Orleans
11: 00 AM
Uptown New Orleans
12:00 PM
Endymion - Excellent
Mid-City
4:15 PM
Isis
Metairie
6:30 PM



Mardi Gras -Sunday, March 6, 2011

Krewe
Location
Time
Uptown New Orleans
11:00 AM
Uptown New Orleans
11:45 AM
Uptown New Orleans
12:00 PM
Bacchus - * Excellent
Uptown New Orleans
5:15 PM
Metairie
5:30 PM



Monday, March 7, 2011

Krewe
Location
Time
Uptown New Orleans
5:15 PM
Orpheus
Uptown New Orleans
6:00 PM
Zeus
Metairie
6:30 PM



Mardi Gras  - March 8, 2011

Krewe
Location
Time
Zulu *Excellent
Uptown New Orleans
8:00 AM
Rex * Excellent
Uptown New Orleans
10:00 AM
Elks Orleanians
Uptown New Orleans
follows Rex
Crescent City * Excellent
Uptown New Orleans
follows Rex
Metairie
10:00 AM
Krewe of Jefferson
Metairie
follows Argus
Elks Jeffersonians
Metairie
follows Argus
Grela
Westbank - Gretna
11:00 AM

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