Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Is Mardi Gras the best time to visit New Orleans? Or do you prefer to visit when it's quieter?

  • Mardi Gras is too crowded for me. I like to visit when it's quieter.
  • The temptations of Mardi Gras attract some travelers with little interest in the place or its history, in my opinion. I share some of the admiration written in the words of Tom Piazza:
    The past in New Orleans cohabits with the present to an extent not even approximated in any other North American city. Walking through the Tulane University campus, way uptown, you can see the old gymnasium where King Oliver's Creole Jazz band, with a young Louis Armstrong on cornet, played for dances. [p. xviii, Why New Orleans Matters (2005).
  • I did the RS trip to Lafayette, Louisiana during Mardi Gras and attended celebration there. Great trip with outstanding leader.
  • I prefer the French Quarter Festival. It is a great time to walk around and hear so many musicians that are local or come in to town to jam with the locals. Cooler weather than the Jazz Festival.
  • This will be my first Mardi Gras trip, however, I've visited New Orleans multiple times. It is a fascinating city with rich heritage and should be visited, in addition to Mardi Gras, at other times. The music and the food is exceptional as is the opportunity to learn the history.