Locals know that Mardi Gras isn’t just one day—it’s the culmination of an entire season of celebration. We’re now in the thick of the parade-heavy two weeks leading up to Fat Tuesday, and whether you love it or try to hide from it, there’s no denying that Carnival will shape every New Orleanian’s life in the days to come. Here are some relevant resources to help you maximize (or minimize) your experiences.
- First aid/EMS stations along parade routes can be found at St. Charles Avenue and Napoleon; St. Charles Avenue and Washington; St. Charles Avenue and Felicity; Lee Circle; and Canal and Carondelet.
- Lost children stations are staffed by police officers and located at St. Charles Avenue and Napoleon; St. Charles Avenue and Jackson; Canal Street and Carondelet; Canal Street and N. Carrollton Ave. (on Mar. 2 for Endymion only); Canal Street and N. Broad (on March 2 for Endymion).
- The New Orleans Regional Transportation Authority has a guide to street closures and detours. You can also download the app.
- Uber fares skyrocket during parades. Click here to find a list of predicted surge pricing times.
- Lyft offers free wi-fi hotspots along the Uptown parade route. Look for pink balloons and head to the intersections highlighted below. Family Gras attendees also get $2 off two rides with the code FAMILYGRAS2019.
Relevant apps and sites
- WDSU Parade Tracker provides real-time updates of parade progress.
- Bourbon Cam lets you watch Mardi Gras madness from the comfort of your couch.
- Eater has updated its French Quarter dining guide for Mardi Gras.