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Everything You Need to Know About Mardi Gras 2022 in New Orleans

Mardi gras decorations in New Orleans

In New Orleans, Mardi Gras is practically a year-round event, even though the official holiday only encompasses a few weeks in February and March. That’s because the entire city spends months preparing for the annual celebration, planning parade routes, building floats, and getting ready to welcome thousands of visitors to the city.

You can also get a taste of Mardi Gras no matter the season at the Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture, Mardi Gras World, and other museums dedicated to the Carnival celebration.

If you’re planning to visit New Orleans for Mardi Gras, check out the important dates and parade information for 2022 and future years. Remember, many visitors book their hotels and places to stay months to years in advance, so try to secure your travel plans as soon as possible and make the most of this incredible holiday in the Crescent City.

Mardi Gras 2021 looked a little different due to COVID-19, but we’re optimistic that things will be back to normal for the 2022 celebrations. As soon as the city makes an official announcement about the parades, we’ll post it here.

New Orleans Mardi Gras Streets

When is Mardi Gras 2022?

Mardi Gras Day, or Fat Tuesday, falls on March 1, 2022. New Orleans starts celebrating Carnival on January 6, the Twelfth Night (Feast of Epiphany), and keeps the festivities going through Fat Tuesday, with the biggest celebrations and parades happening in the two weeks leading up to Fat Tuesday.

The most exciting parades and parties usually happen on the two weekends before Mardi Gras itself. An easy way to remember Fat Tuesday is that it always falls on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.

Since Mardi Gras is tied to Easter, the date changes every year. If you’re already planning for 2023 or later, keep these dates handy, and consider booking your travel early!

Mardi Gras 2022: March 1
Mardi Gras 2023: February 21
Mardi Gras 2024: February 13
Mardi Gras 2025: March 4

Mardi Gras beads decorate a telephone pole on a New Orleans street of colorful houses

Mardi Gras 2022 Parade Schedule

One of the best parts of celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans is parade watching! With over 80 parades scheduled in 2022, you’ll be able to see one whenever you’re in town. Parades take place all over the city, from the French Quarter to Mid-City and other areas.

Don’t miss one of the Super Krewes, the social clubs that throw New Orleans’ most elaborate parades. Some of these troupes have been around for decades and are a New Orleans institution. The three must-see Krewes are Orpheus, Bacchus, and Endymion, featuring the most massive and over-the-top floats.

Other great Krewes and parades to see are Rex, Zulu, Mid-City, and the Truck Parade of Crescent City.

The official Mardi Gras parade schedule is typically released in the first couple of weeks of the new year, so you’ll have to be patient when it comes to the specifics. But you can rest assured you’ll see plenty of parades in the weeks leading up to Mardi Gras. We’ll post the 2022 parade schedule here as soon as it’s available.

You don’t want to miss the biggest event in New Orleans. Mardi Gras is a must-do experience, with non-stop parties and fun. If you’re looking for more things to do while you’re in town, check out our recommended tours and activities.