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Mardi Gras 2019

Mardi Gras Season has been a treasured part of New Orleans culture and heritage for centuries. It's a season of Royal Balls and debutantes; eating King Cake and finding the baby; decorating homes and businesses; wearing masks and dressing in purple, green, and gold; and deciding on which parade you'll watch. The Royal St. Charles Hotel is right on the major parade route making it convenient for our guests to enjoy the most spectacular parades while having the convenience of a bathroom (believe us, this is important) and easily hauling in your catch of beads and signature throws.

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Each year Carnival Season officially begins on January 6 or Twelfth Night - 12 days after Christmas - and ends on Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras Day. Check out the parade schedule and other year-round Mardi Gras activities below. For Detailed information about each Krewe, click here.

January

January 6

Krewe of Jenne d'Arc Parade - 6:00pm
Societe Des Champs Elysee - 7:30pm
Phunny Phorty Phellows - 7:00pm
Funky Uptown Krewe - follows
Fools of Misrule - 6pm

February

February 1

Krewe of Chewbacchus - 7:00pm

February 7

Krewe of Boheme - 7:00pm

February 8

Krewe du Vieux - 7:00pm
krewedelusion - follows
Krewe of Bilge - 12:00pm
Krewe of Poseidon - 6:00pm

February 9

Krewe of the Little Rascals - 12:00pm
Krewe of Slidellians - 1:00pm
Krewe of Perseus - follows
'tit RƏx - 4:30pm
Krewe of Pearl River Lions Club - 1:00pm

February 14

Krewe of Cork - 3:00pm
Krewe of Centurians - 5:45pm
Krewe of Excalibur - 7:30pm
Krewe of Oshun - 6:00pm
Krewe of Cleopatra - 6:30pm
Krewe of Eve - 7:00pm

February 15

Krewe of Pontchartrain - 12:00pm
Krewe of Choctaw - follows
Krewe of Freret - follows
Krewe of Sparta - 5:30pm
Krewe of Pygmalion - follows
The Mystic Knights of Adonis - 11:45am
Krewe de Paws of Olde Towne - 10:00am
Krewe of Titans - 6:30pm
Krewe of Tchefuncte - 1:00pm
Krewe of Olympia - 6:00pm
Knights of Nemesis - 11:00am

February 16

Krewe of Barkus - 2:00pm
Krew of Kings - 5:30pm
The Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale - 11:00am
Krewe of Carrollton - follows
Krewe of King Arthur - follows
Krews of Alla - follows

February 19

Krewe of Druids - 6:15pm
Krewe of Nyx - 7pm

February 20

Knights of Babylon - 5:00pm
Knights of Chaos - 5:45pm
Knights of Muses - 6:00pm

February 21

Krewe of Bosom Buddies - 11:30am
Krewe of Hermes - 5:30pm
Krewe of d'Etat - 6:30pm
Knights of Morpheus - 7:00pm
Krewe of Selene - 6:30pm
Original Krewe of Orpheus - 7:00pm

February 22

Krewe of Iris - 11:00am
Krewe of Tucks - 12:00pm
Krewe of NOMTOC - 10:45am
Krewe of Endymion - 4:15pm
Krewe of Bush - 9:00am
Krewe of Isis - 6:00pm

February 23

Krewe of Okeanos - 10:00am
Krewe of Mid-City - 11:00am
Krewe of Thoth - 11:15am
Krewe of Bacchus - 5:15pm

February 24

Krewe of Athena - 10:00am
Krewe of Pandora - follows
Krewe of Proteus - 5:15pm
Krewe of Orpheus - 6:00pm

February 25

Krewe of Elks Jefferson - follows
Krewe of Jefferson - follows
Krewe of Zulu - 8:00am
Krewe of Rex - 10:00am
Krewe of Elks Orleans - follows
Krewe of Crescent City - follows
Covington Lions Club - 10:00am
Krewe of Covington - follows
Krewe of Folsom - 1:30pm
Krewe of Chahta - 1:00pm

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Year Round Mardi Gras Activities

If you aren't coming during Mardi Gras Season, there's still a lot of Mardi Gras activities. These are some recommendations to experience all year long.

Mardi Gras Inspired Attraction

  • Presbytere Museum - Start here for an entire level dedicated to the history and heritage of Mardi Gras with a permanent exhibit “It’s Carnival Time in Louisiana”.
  • Mardi Gras World – Learn about our parade culture and see the actual parade floats from the past and future designs in the works. Free Shuttle from the hotel is included.
  • Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture - Offers an impressive collection of Mardi Gras costuming – from Carnival royalty to the Mardi Gras Indians and even Cajun Mardi Gras - and you get to try them on for selfies!
  • Backstreet Cultural Museum – A small little museum with a huge collection of artifacts describing the culture and traditions of the Mardi Gras Indians, Skull and Bone gangs and the Baby Dolls.
  • Antoine’s Restaurant – home of three of ten dining rooms that honor the Carnival krewes of Rex, Proteus and the 12th Night Revelers; while the Hermes Bar showcases the pageantry of the Krewe of Hermes.
  • Arnaud’s Restaurant – The original proprietor’s daughter reigned as queen of more Mardi Gras Balls than any other. See her numerous royal ball gowns, crowns and jewels and ornate invitations on display.
  • Brennan’s Restaurant –The main dining room reflects whimsical murals inspired by the 19th century Proteus parade floats.  Special event rooms showcase the Kings and Queens of Carnival, sponsored by the Krewe of Rex.
  • March – Mardi Gras Indian Super Sunday is a tradition that dates back to the 19th century, where the Mardi Gras Indian tribes parade throughout the neighborhoods of New Orleans. You’ll get a chance to see spectacular bead work and colorful feathers on each hand crafted and hand sewn suit. Look for the Spy Boy, Flag Boy, Wildman and Big Chief; and listen to the beat of their drum, the chant of their tribe and experience the phenomenal pride of each tribe on display.
  • April & May – The Jazz and Heritage Festival during the last week of April and first week of May gives you a chance to experience several Mardi Gras traditions. First, there is a display from the Mardi Gras krewes – whether it is Muses’ famous shoes that they throw or the teeny tiny shoe box floats from the most recent ‘tit Rex parade. Additionally, there is the excitement of seeing the Mardi Gras Indian tribes – from parading on the Fairgrounds to performing on stage – the beat and songs are mesmerizing. In the display tents, you’ll have a chance to meet the Big Chiefs of the tribes and see the details of the hand sewn suits that they personally create.   
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Royal St. Charles Hotel Exterior Positioned on the parade routes
Royal St. Charles Hotel Lobby Mardi Gras vibes
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