At Nic’s Neighborhoods, we’re always excited to see Mardi Gras approach. There’s a comprehensive change in daily living in New Orleans when this week arrives. It’s a time for celebration of a culture and unique view on life. We do find, though, that many people don’t know much about Mardi Gras itself. Perhaps you are new to the area and want to know what to expect during New Orleans Mardi Gras. There are a few things you should know.

What Is Mardi Gras?

Mardi Gras is a unique celebration that occurs in the heart of New Orleans and most of Southern Louisiana every year. It spans a couple of weeks through Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. During this time, you’ll see that numerous people arrive in the city and, for most of that time, you’ll see an incredible sense of local pride, religious affiliations, and cultural dominance. In short, it’s a fun, lively experience like no other.

For those who are visiting or planning to live in the area for the first time, you’ll first want to realize that this event is one that brings large parades and festivals to the area. Social clubs in the city called krewes host the various parades and activities. Most often, krewes will use the same parade routes and timelines each year, but things do change from time to time. You’ll want to get to know each of these events or as many as you would like, to become a part of this community’s celebration. The fact is, Mardi Gras krewes are at the heart of what makes these celebrations so incredible.

Our Local Connection

If you’ve met Nichole from Nic’s Neighborhoods, you may know that she participates in two all-female krewes. Specifically, you will find her to be a part of Krewe of Muses and Krewe of Nyx. Both Nichole and her partner John, are in the Krewe of Zulu Parade – we welcome you to come and check it out!

There is no reason not to come out and celebrate. Many times, tourists to the area only head to the areas of Bourbon Street in New Orleans or they may travel to Dauphin. You’ll want to check out the big parades that start in Uptown and Mid-City districts. These will then follow along St. Charles Avenue and Canal Street. St Charles Avenue is perhaps the most prominent location to watch the parades, but if you spend a bit of time checking out the schedules of various Krewes, you’ll find multiple locations and options out there.

Where should you start? Check out the Krewe of Muses to get some inspiration and information. Check out Krewe of Nyx as well as the Krewe of Zulu. There’s much to learn about each of these organizations. For more information about the Krewe of Endymion, Krewe of Bacchus and Krewe of Rex which are some of the largest and more popular parades.

As a real estate team in New Orleans, we’re here to help you with all of your local needs including home buying and selling. Mardi Gras is at the heart of what makes this community unique. We welcome you to be a part of it.