Mardi Gras Season 2020: The Ultimate Guide

Mardi Gras season 2020

The holidays are over, and that means one thing in New Orleans: the beginning of the Mardi Gras season. Whether you’re a NOLA local or a tourist visiting the Big Easy for the first time, Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys has all the information you need about Mardi Gras season 2020 to stay safe and have fun. 

When Does Mardi Gras Start in New Orleans?

Dates: January 6, 2020 – February 25, 2020

The Mardi Gras season actually refers to the celebratory period of Carnival. During Carnival, New Orleans offers tons of events to celebrate Carnival, including dozens of parades and parties (plus enough food and drinks to get you through those long, dark days of Lent).

Mardi Gras (which translates to “Fat Tuesday” in French) is the day before Ash Wednesday. The 2020 Mardi Gras season began on January 6, and celebrations in New Orleans will continue throughout January and into February, with a grand culmination of events on Tuesday, February 25.

Where Is Mardi Gras Held in New Orleans?

Locations: French Quarter, Metairie, Mid-City, Uptown New Orleans, New Orleans East

Mardi Gras celebrations, parades, and balls will take place in different areas throughout New Orleans. Here are some of the biggest events to look out for.

Mardi Gras Season 2020 Parades

If you’ll be in New Orleans during Mardi Gras season 2020, you’ll have plenty of great parades to choose from, whether you’re looking for kid-friendly celebrations or the wildest of what NOLA has to offer. 

  • Metairie: Experience the Krewe of Argus, a family-oriented parade that will begin at 10:00 a.m. on February 25, 2020. The parade starts at the intersection of Veterans Boulevard and Houma Boulevard and ends at the intersection of Veterans and Martin Behrman Avenue.
  • Mid-City: The Krewe of Endymion hosts the largest parade during all of Mardi Gras. This parade, held at 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, February 22, will start at the intersection of City Park Avenue and Orleans Avenue and end at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Throws and celebrity guests abound at this one-of-a-kind event.
  • Uptown New Orleans: The Krewe of Bacchus puts on one of the most spectacular parades in the city. This year’s parade will begin at 5:15 p.m. on Sunday, February 23, 2020, at the intersection of Tchoupitoulas Street and Napoleon Avenue. The parade will finish up at Convention Center Boulevard. 

See the full Mardi Gras season 2020 parade schedule for more details.

Mardi Gras Season 2020 “Super Krewe” Balls

Didn’t get an invite to the exclusive Ball Tableau for debutantes? Not to worry. There are plenty of open-invitation balls and parties to dance and drink the night away in New Orleans for Mardi Gras.

  • Endymion Extravaganza: Hang around after the Krewe of Endymion parade ends for one of the biggest block parties of the Mardi Gras 2020 season at the Convention Center on Saturday, February 22, 2020. World-class performers are sure to make an appearance at this event that draws as many as 30,000 attendees each year.
  • Orpheuscapade: Join the Krewe of Orpheus on February 24, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. for live music, dancing, and magnificent floats at the Convention Center. This is a formal event, so dress appropriately—tuxedos and ball gowns are a must!
  • Bacchus Ball: The Krewe of Bacchus’ annual Bacchus Ball will be held on Sunday, February 23 following the parade, inside the Convention Center. Join revelers as this year’s Bacchus is crowned. Past monarchs have included Will Ferrell, Jensen Ackles, and Hugh Laurie.

Is Mardi Gras in New Orleans Safe?

Every year, tens of thousands of people attend Mardi Gras parades and celebrations. There’s no doubt that Mardi Gras and Carnival are some of the most exciting times to experience New Orleans. But is Mardi Gras safe? 

Preventing personal injury and keeping friends or family safe should be a top priority of anyone attending Carnival. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Mardi Gras season 2020 safely.

Safety Tips for Mardi Gras Season 2020

Because of the sheer size of Mardi Gras celebrations, there are some inherent risks in attending parades and other events. The good news is that the city of New Orleans updates its parade rules and regulations every year to better protect the public. Here’s what you can do to keep the party going without putting you and your fellow revelers at risk.

  • Plan your transportation ahead of time. Similarly to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Parade, Mardi Gras is among the most dangerous days to travel in New Orleans. Many streets will be closed to traffic, and finding parking will be more difficult than usual. If you’re driving your own vehicle, plan on leaving plenty early to allow for increased traffic and time to find suitable parking. Be on the lookout for extra foot traffic and remember to yield to pedestrians
  • Don’t drink and drive. Buzzed driving is drunk driving. If you’re planning on drinking during Mardi Gras season 2020, use public transportation, a rideshare service, or pick a designated driver to help get you home safely. The last thing you need after a night of heavy drinking is a Louisiana DWI charge.
  • Stay behind the barricades. Everyone loves getting the best possible view during one of NOLA’ s famous parades, but sitting on top of barricades or climbing over them is extremely dangerous. Parade floats may not be able to see you and are unable to make sudden stops.
  • Exercise caution around ladders. Although ladders to enable better visibility for viewers are permitted at Mardi Gras, remember to keep them at least six feet away from the curb. Between crowd swells and slippery surfaces, ladders can easily lead to a slip and fall accident.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. With so many people in attendance (and so much booze readily available), crowds may get rowdy. Always be aware of your surroundings, the closest exits, and report any suspicious or illegal activity to law enforcement, who will be out in full force for the festivities.

What Should You Do if You’re Injured at Mardi Gras?

If you find yourself injured in an accident related to Mardi Gras through no fault of your own, contact Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys. Our skilled team of personal injury lawyers offer free consultations to help you determine if you may be entitled to compensation.

You can reach our New Orleans office by phone at 504-345-1111, in Hammond, Slidell, anywhere on the Northshore or in the River Parishes at 985-345-1111, or our Baton Rouge location at 225-500-1111. We are also available online via our LiveChat feature to answer any questions you may have. Submit your case details now to find out how Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys can help.

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