Experience 2022 Mardi Gras, Return of the Big Greasy

Royal Sonesta New Orleans is considered by many to be the most desirable location to experience the fun and pageantry of Mardi Gras. To assure that your stay is enjoyable and comfortable during Mardi Gras weekend, we have outlined everything you will need to know for Carnival Season.

In the weeks leading up to Fat Tuesday revelers worldwide can celebrate Mardi Gras traditions safely by participating in virtual elements such as social media contests and live-streamed events. 

Stay at Royal Sonesta New Orleans

Guest Room

Balconies Overlooking Bourbon Street

Located on Bourbon Street in the heart of the French Quarter, Royal Sonesta New Orleans provides luxurious hospitality with traditional wrought iron balconies that overlook Bourbon Street and its spectacular festivities. 

Treat your krewe to a more space in the perfect place this Mardi Gras...

  • Bourbon Balcony rooms from $349
    • Occupancy 2 adults
  • Two Bedroom Bourbon Balcony Suites from $1247
    • Occupancy 6 adults

*Subject to availability, rooms are selling fast! Based on stays February 12-17, 2021.

*Please note our Special Events and Cancellation Policy



Desire Oyster bar

Restaurants at Royal Sonesta New Orleans

Great places to eat, drink and hear jazz every night! 



Mardi Gras Visitor Passes

Only Registered Hotel Guests & Visitors Allowed

To ensure that your Mardi Gras stay at Royal Sonesta New Orleans is enjoyable and comfortable, the hotel utilizes wristbands and visitor passes for our registered guests and their friends and family during the Mardi Gras weekend. 



Mardi Gras Events

Greasing of the Poles 2019

Return of the Big Greasy

You can be a part of our Return of the Big Greasy 2022 Greasing of the Poles festivities! Show us your best Mardi Gras dance moves for a chance to wine a spot as an official 2022 Greasing of the Poles Contestant. Check back for more information soon!

Follow Royal Sonesta New Orleans’ social channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates and contests.

Greasing of the Poles 2019

52nd Annual Greasing of the Poles

Friday, February 25 at 10 AM

300 Bourbon Street, in front of the Royal Sonesta New Orleans hotel

Considered by many to be the French Quarter’s official kickoff to Mardi Gras weekend, Royal Sonesta New Orleans originated the ritual of greasing the building’s support poles as a practical means to deter overzealous revelers from shimmying up to the hotel’s coveted balcony space.  

Follow @royalsonestaNO on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Follow #Greasing2022 hashtags on social media.



Tips for Mardi Gras


Tips for a Festive & Safe Mardi Gras 

During this exciting season in New Orleans, when the streets are filled with revelers celebrating Mardi Gras, please remember to be safe and exercise some precaution. 




Tips on Parking During Mardi Gras

For important tips and instructions on where to park and how to get around the French Quarter during Mardi Gras, click below.


Greasing of Poles

History of Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras “Fat Tuesday” can occur on any Tuesday from February 3 through March 9. The fluctuating date every year was established by the Catholic Church which designed the Gregorian calendar with moveable dates for Easter. Mardi Gras is always scheduled 46 days preceding Easter (the 40 days of Lent, plus 6 Sundays).




Stay Safe with Sonesta


Royal Sonesta New Orleans is committed to doing our very best to help you Stay Safe with Sonesta.
Full Stay Safe program details can be found at Sonesta.com/StaySafeLearn about our local efforts.