Mardi Gras Parades
In the last two centuries, over 2,000parades have rolled through the streets of New Orleans.
Every year, about 70+ parades with approximately 15 to 35 floats take to the streets of greater
New Orleans through the days and nights of Mardi Gras season.
While there might be only 200 krewe maskers on one parade's floats, thousands can participate
in the parade, including marching bands, dancers, motorcyclists, flambeaux carriers, clowns, and so forth.
Parade routes are mapped out daily in the newspaper. Most begin Uptown and end Downtown.
But there are mid City, Metairie, and West Bank routes as well.
Many parades, including Rex, used to wend their way through the narrow streets of the French Quarter,
but the wide floats, flambeaux, and packed crowds proved too dangerous, so a city ordinance outlawed Mardi
Gras parades in the Quarter.
Now, only the Krewe du Vieux’s small mule and hand drawn floats roll through the French Quarter,
legitimately since they parade before the official Mardi Gras season begins.
In general, Uptown is a good bet for families; the French Quarter is wilder, and the police
follow a pretty laissez- faire policy Mardi Gras day.
Mardi gras madness on New Orleans' Riverwalk