Carnival Season Kicks Off!


The New Year just began, but New Orleans is ready to kick things in high gear! 

The Christmas season officially ends on Epiphany, January 6. However, it also kicks off Carnival season in New Orleans. Some people use Carnival and Mardi Gras interchangeably, but they’re actually different. Carnival is a season to eat, drink, and celebrate before the sacrifice and fasting that comes with Lent.

Carnival is full of lavish celebrations like parades, balls and other celebrations leading up to Mardi Gras, which is French for “Fat Tuesday.” Mardi Gras is always the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Carnival officially ends at midnight on Fat Tuesday and Lent begins.

Parade Schedule 

Phunny Phorty Phellows, a  satirical band of Twelfth Night revelers, holds its annual ride on the St. Charles Streetcar January 6, also called Twelfth Night. The ride begins around 6 p.m. The krewe has been known to drink champagne, eat King Cake, and throw the first beads of the season! 

Joan of Arc’s birthday also celebrated on Epiphany. That celebration begins on Decatur Street with historical characters in medieval dress parading through the French Quarter. Parade goers can be found dressed in green and gold with King Cake to share!

Venues all over town will have live music and special guests to get the celebration.

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