Mardi Gras Parades in New Orleans [Infograpic]


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NOLA Knows Mardi Gras

The French Quarter gets a lot of the press at Mardi Gras time, but parades take place all over New Orleans.

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Uptown , a historic district with grand century-old  homes, bistros, shops and galleries, is the site for 29 parades. The Krewes of Uptown provide family-friendly entertainment for locals and visitors. Look for parades taking place on renowned St. Charles Avenue.

Metairie hosts 12 parades and an annual Family Gras with kid-friendly concerts, a food court and the Art Market arts and crafts show for Jefferson Parish residents and visitors. Straddling the Mississippi River on the south shore of Lake Ponchartrain, Metairie is New Orleans' oldest suburb and was first settled in 1760.

The Northshore area, on the north shore of Lake Ponchartrain including the towns of Mandeville and Slidell , hosts 14 Mardi Gras parades. The Northshore's carnival events are also family-oriented with plenty of recreation and cultural options for fun beyond Mardi Gras.

Because of the way the Mississippi River meanders through NOLA, the neighborhoods of the West Bank are actually south of the river. See the parades that wind through some of the best-preserved 19th Century historical districts in New Orleans. Take the Ferry from Algier's Point to downtown NOLA and enjoy the city.

The French Quarter hosts the starting parade by the Krewe de Vieux and doesn't slow down for two weeks of carnival celebrations. While the French Quarter is a traveler's must-see, take note that this is not the place to take kids during Mardi Gras. While most of the parades and events surrounding Mardi Gras in New Orleans are for everyone, the French Quarter's parades and parties are for adults only.