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Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Experience Mardi Gras from your own VIP Box Seat at Royal Sonesta New Orleans!

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.


Stay at Royal Sonesta New Orleans

Royal Sonesta New Orleans - Room

Balconies Overlooking Bourbon Street

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

*Please note our Special Events and Cancellation Policy



Royal Sonesta New Orleans 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

Mardi Gras Parade

Parade Schedule

Feb. 14 - 25, various times in Uptown & French Quarter

During Mardi Gras, parades roll throughout the metropolitan area and down historic Canal Street, just blocks from Royal Sonesta New Orleans during carnival weekend.


New Orleans Mardi Gras - Greasing of the Poles

50th Annual Greasing of the Poles

Friday, February 21 at 10 AM

Royal Sonesta New Orleans will host its annual “Greasing of the Poles” that originated 50 years ago at the hotel to keep overzealous patrons from shimmying their way up the balconies. The public is invited to gather at the main entrance at 300 Bourbon Street to kick-off Mardi Gras festivities.



Tips for Mardi Gras

Royal Sonesta New Orleans Balcony Flowers Tables

Tips for 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 like always walk with a companion and don't throw items from the balcony.


Mardi Gras

Tips on Parking During Mardi Gras

If you are driving into Royal Sonesta New Orleans, we recommend that you park right outside of French Quarter because during Mardi Gras most roads become pedestrian only. For more important tips and instructions on where to park and how to get around the French Quarter during Mardi Gras, click below.


Greasing of the 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).