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Mardi Gras 2014

Live Stream, Parade Schedule, Start Time, Lineup

New Orleans, Louisiana, 4 March

Mardi Gras parade

So we arrive at Mardi Gras, very probably the king of parades. There are many pretenders to the title of top Mardi Gras parade, with the gay and lesbian interpretation in Sydney a particular challenger, and St Louis having a pretty good crack at it too, but the reigning champion has to remain the New Orleans version, where Mardi Gras is simply ingrained in the local culture.

The name Mardi Gras is actually French, literally translated as Fat Tuesday, and derived from the tradition of clearing your larder of fatty foods (by eating them all!) prior to starting the fasting of lent, and this has created the reason behind Mardi Gras - basically one last big blowout before you have to get down to some serious abstinence. Now I'm not sure how much lenten observance has survived in the 21st century, but when it comes to the party preceding it, then pretty much everyone is still very much well on board!

In New Orleans this translates to a whole carnival season that lasts for weeks, before culminating in the main parade. Canal Street is the main focus of the parade itself, but for most people the main party takes place on Bourbon Street in the famous French Quarter, or Vieux Carré, where the most popular bars are located - names like The Old Absinthe House, Pat O'Brien's and Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop will be turning a roaring trade, while the traditional southern food and hospitality at the local restaurants are an absolute must.

I've never actually visited New Orleans, but it is absolutely at the top of my list of places to go, and if I could combine a visit with Mardi Gras then I'm sure it would be well worth the extra expense. For anyone who has been, I would really love to hear your stories, please use the comments section at the bottom of the page.

Parade Schedule

 

The New Orleans Mardi Gras is actually a whole season of parades in the weeks leading up to the main event, and culminating with the main Mardi Gras Day parade. The full parade day schedule, with locations and start times, is as follows:

Saturday 1 March

Westbank
Krewe of NOMTOC 10:45am

Uptown
Krewe of Iris 11:00am
Krewe of Tucks 12:00pm

Mid-City
Krewe of Endymion 4:15pm

Metairie
Krewe of Isis 6:30pm

Sunday 2 March

Uptown
Krewe of Okeanos 11:00am
Krewe of Mid-City 11:45am
Krewe of Thoth 12:00pm
Krewe of Bacchus 5:15pm

Metairie
Krewe of Napoleon 5:30pm

Monday 3 March

Uptown
Krewe of Proteus 5:15pm
Krewe of Orpheus 6:00pm

Metairie
Krewe of Hera 6:15pm
Krewe of Zeus 7:00pm

Tuesday 4 March

Uptown
Krewe of Zulu 8:00am
Krewe of Rex 10:00am
Krewe of Elks Orleans follows
Krewe of Crescent City follows

Westbank
Krewe of Grela 10:00am

Metairie
Krewe of Argus 10:00am
Krewe of Jefferson follows
Krewe of Elks Jefferson follows

Covington
Krewe of Lyra 10:00am

This year this is also an excellent mobile service provided with full details on all the parade participants and the parade routes - click here for details

Streaming and Video

 

In recent years the online coverage of the Mardi Gras has improved beyond recognition, There are now live streams not just of the main parade day, but many of the other parades leading up to it. Local New Orleans TV station WWLTV in particular have extensive online streaming coverage:

Mardi Gras on WWLTV

The same site is also providing a live streaming video link from Bourbon Street, allowing you to watch the events in real time (there is some advertising before the stream starts)

Bourbon Street live stream

There are also many live webcam views that bring a unique view on many locations around New Orleans throughout the event:

Mardi Gras webcams

Plus of course for that unique participant perspective there is a huge volume of user-generated videos available online, with more being added all the time:

Mardi Gras on Youtube

Hotels & Accommodation

 

If you're in New Orleans for Mardi Gras and looking for somewhere to stay to attend any of the parades or other events you can check out availability and make reservations for local hotels here.

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