Experience 2021 Mardi Gras MASKerade, a Safe Celebration of Mardi Gras Traditions 

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. 

Learn about the hotel and available amenities for your upcoming stay. Please note, for the health & safety of our guests and team members, Sonesta hotels require guests to wear face coverings in all indoor public areas. More information about the Stay Safe with Sonesta initiative can be found here

 

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

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Desire Oyster bar

Restaurants at Royal Sonesta New Orleans

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

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Lobby

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. 

Learn about the hotel and available amenities for your upcoming stay. Please note, for the health & safety of our guests and team members, Sonesta hotels require guests to wear face coverings in all indoor public areas.

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Mardi Gras Events

Maskerade

Experience Mardi Gras MASKerade

Celebrate carnival season from afar, with live streaming of select on-site events featuring popular Mardi Gras traditions and a series of engaging, family-friendly social media contests with Mardi Gras themed prizes to include king-cakes and throws, plus the grand-prize featuring a complimentary stay for two at Royal Sonesta New Orleans.

To learn more, please follow Royal Sonesta New Orleans’ social channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates and contests.

Greasing of Poles

51st Annual Greasing of the Poles - Virtual Event

Friday, February 12 at 10 AM

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.  Rather than cancel due to COVID-19, Royal Sonesta New Orleans keeps traditions alive with a Mardi Gras MASKerade theme hosting a virtual event for safe carnival revelry, with audiences invited to join the revelry via a watch party on the hotel’s Facebook page.

Follow @royalsonestaNO on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Follow #Greasing2021 and #MGMASKerade2021 hashtags on social media.

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Tips for Mardi Gras

Balcony

Tips for a Festive & Safe Mardi Gras 

"Parades won’t roll. There will be no large crowds or events. The health and safety of our community is a priority, but that doesn’t mean Mardi Gras is cancelled," reports NewOrleans.com. New Orleanians have come up with virtual and alternative celebrations, proving that nothing will stop the sacred Carnival tradition, or limit our creative spirit. 

  • Krewe of House Floats
  • Socially distant scavenger hunt
  • Floats in The Oaks
  • Cocktail Tasting
  • Museum Tour
  • Eat special Carnival food, king cake and more
  • Live stream events, interviews, musical performances 

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Updates from The City of New Orleans

 

Learn about the hotel and available amenities for your upcoming stay. Please note, for the health & safety of our guests and team members, Sonesta hotels require guests to wear face coverings in all indoor public areas.

 

Parking

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.

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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).

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