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Mardi Gras at The Royal Sonesta New Orleans

Experience Mardi Gras 2023 at The Royal Sonesta New Orleans

The Royal Sonesta New Orleans is considered by many to be the most desirable location to experience the fun and pageantry of Mardi Gras. Our Bourbon Street hotel offers luxurious accommodations and unbeatable service during the fun of the Carnival season. To assure that your stay is enjoyable and comfortable during Mardi Gras celebration, we have outlined everything you will need to know.

Stay at Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Treat your krewe to the perfect place this Mardi Gras

Treat your krewe to the perfect place this Mardi Gras

Located on Bourbon Street in the heart of the French Quarter, The Royal Sonesta New Orleans provides guest rooms and suites with views of the French Quarter or overlooking the pool and courtyard patio. Hurry, book while rooms are still available! *Subject to availability, Minimum length of stay may apply. Based on stays February 16-February 21, 2023.

Restaurants at Royal Sonesta New Orleans

Restaurants at Royal Sonesta New Orleans

Great places to eat, drink and hear jazz every night! Desire Oyster Bar – raw oyster bar and signature po'boys Restaurant R'evolution – classic cajun & Creole recipes

Mardi Gras Visitor Passes

Mardi Gras Visitor Passes

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: Registered Hotel Guests & Visitor Passes

Registered Guests:

  • Each day during the Mardi Gras weekend, Friday through Fat Tuesday, only registered guests with wristbands will be allowed to enter the hotel.
  • For your safety, all guests will be checked for wristbands upon entry to the hotel. If you don't have a wristband and you are a registered guest, you will need to provide proper identification to verify entry.
  • Wristbands will be given to you at the front desk upon check in and are required to be worn at all times.

Hotel Visitors:

  • If you are expecting guests to the hotel, please make certain that they have the necessary wristbands for the day they plan to visit you  at the hotel.
  • All visitors will be asked to present the dated wristband at the hotel entrance to gain admittance.
  • Limit is Two (2) per room.  Wristbands may be obtained at the Front Desk.

Mardi Gras Events

The 53rd Annual Greasing of the Poles

The 53rd annual Greasing of the Poles will be held on Friday, February 17 beginning at 10am at The Royal Sonesta New Orleans, 300 Bourbon Street. Our hotel originated the greasing of the building’s support poles as a practical means to deter overzealous revelers from shimmying up to the hotel’s coveted balcony space. Now considered the official kickoff of Mardi Gras weekend in the French Quarter, the Greasing of the Poles has become a time-honored carnival tradition.

Mardi Gras Events
Tips for Mardi Gras
Tips for a Festive & Safe 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

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, see information below.

History of Mardi Gras

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).

A Festive & Safe Mardi Gras

During the exciting season in New Orleans, when the streets are filled with revelers celebrating Mardi Gras, please remember to be safe and exercise some precautions. To help ensure your stay will be fun and hassle free, the NEW ORLEANS POLICE DEPARTMENT recommends the following tips:

  • When you go out into a crowded area, it is always best to walk with a companion or group.
  • Lock up valuables in the safe in your room or in the hotel vault located at the Front Desk.
  • Avoid walking with hanging bags or purses with shoulder straps.
  • Please do not throw any objects from the hotel balconies or windows.* City ordinances strictly prohibit this practice.*
  • The NEW ORLEANS POLICE DEPARTMENT strictly enforces city ordinances prohibiting glass or metal containers on the streets. Please ask your bartender for a “go cup” (paper or plastic cup) if you plan on walking the streets with a drink in hand.
  • The legal drinking age is 21, and it is strictly enforced. Please have you ID or drivers license on you at all times.
  • Most importantly, be prepared to have the time of your life in New Orleans!

 

Parking

Friday, Feb. 17,2023 – Tuesday , Feb. 21,2023

Bourbon St., Decatur St. and Frenchmen St. will be closed to pedestrians and vehicles from 7 PM. – 6 AM. Restaurants and retail stores can remain open allowing residents and visitors access. Hotel staff will be available at the corner of Royal Street and Bienville Street after  7 p.m. to assist with entry to the Hotel. Please have your Royal Sonesta New Orleans confirmation and identification available to show in order to gain access to the French Quarter . You will not be permitted into the French Quarter without these documents.

Due to limited parking options in the French Quarter, we strongly recommend that you leave your car in the garage for the duration of your stay.  Because of the street closures around the hotel, it may not be possible to re-enter the garage if you remove your car.

For information on things to see and do in the French Quarter, visit our Hotel Concierge.

 

History

Mardi Gras “Fat Tuesday” can occur on any Tuesday from February 3 through March 9. The fluctuating date 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).

In 1872 Rex, the King of Carnival, selected the colors of Mardi Gras & the 1892 Rex Parade themed “Symbolism of Colors” made them official: PURPLE represents JUSTICE, GREEN stands for FAITH, GOLD signifies POWER.

Mardi Gras for the Next 5 Years:

  • 2023 - February 21 
  • 2024 - February 13
  • 2025 - March 4
  • 2026 - February 17
  • 2027 – February 9

Mardi Gras Lingo:

  • CARNIVAL — loosely translated from Latin meaning “farewell to the flesh”; the season of merriment in New Orleans begins on January 6, the Twelfth Night (the feast of the Epiphany), and ends at midnight on Fat Tuesday
  • DOUBLOONS — aluminum coin-like objects bearing the krewe’s insignia on one side and the parade’s theme on the reverse.
  • FLAMBEAU — (plural) Naptha-fueled torches, traditionally carried by white robed black men. In the past century, flambeau provided the only source of night time parade illumination.
  • KING CAKE — an oval, sugared pastry that contains a plastic doll hidden inside. The person who finds the doll or “gets the baby” is crowned “king” and buys the next cake or throws the next party. The king cake season opens on King’s Day, January 6. More than 750,000 king cakes are consumed in the metro New Orleans area during Carnival season.

 

 

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