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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 6

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


February 16

Krewe du Vieux Parade - 6:30pm
Krewedelusion - follows

February 17

Krewe of Little Rascals (Metarie) - 12:00pm

February 22

Krewe of Cork - 3:00pm
Krewe of Oshun - 6:00pm
Krewe of Cleopatra - 6:30pm

February 23

Krewe of Pontchartrain - 1:00pm
Krewe of Choctaw - follows
Krewe of Freret - follows
Knights of Sparta - 5:30pm
Krewe of Pygmallion - follows
'tit Rex (Marigny) - 5:00pm
Krewe of Chewbacchus (Marigny) - 7:00pm

February 24

Krewe of Femme Fatale - 11:00am
Krewe of Carrollton - follows
Krewe of King Arthur and Merlin - follows
Krewe of Alla - follows
Krewe of Barkus (French Quarter) - 2:00pm

February 27

Krewe of Druids - 6:30pm
Krewe of Nyx - 7:00pm

February 28

Knights of Babylon - 5:30pm
Knights of Chaos - 6:15pm
Krewe of Muses - 6:30pm


March 1

Krewe of Hermes - 6:00pm
Krewe d'Etat - 6:30pm
Krewe of Morpheus - 7:00pm

March 2

Krewe of Iris - 10:00am
Krewe of Tucks - 11:00pm
Krewe of Endymion (Mid-City) - 4:15pm
Krewe of Isis (Metairie) - 6:30pm

March 3

Krewe of Okeanos - 11:00am
Krewe of Mid-City - 11:45am
Krewe of Thoth - 12:00pm
Krewe of Bacchus - 5:15pm
Krewe of Athena (Metairie) - 5:30pm

March 4

Krewe of Proteus - 5:15pm
Krewe of Orpheus - 6:00pm

March 5

Krewe of Zulu - 8:00am
Krewe of Rex - 10:00am
Krewe of Elks Orleans - follows
Krewe of Crescent City - follows


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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