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New Orleans Calendar of Events 2018

No one knows the Big Easy like we do! If you are looking for something to do when visiting New Orleans, we've got you covered!

Royal Carriages has been a part of New Orleans for over three-generations. Explore the city and its many events is something that we love to do, and we encourage you to check out our favorite events in New Orleans. 

January 2018 Events in New Orleans

2018 Calendar of Events in New Orleans - Allstate Sugar Bowl

Allstate Sugar Bowl

Monday, Jan 1, 2018

Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Who doesn't love a little college football action? The Sugarbowl is a College Football Playoff semifinals bowl game that will be played in the largest indoor dome arena in the world!

Twelfth Night

Friday, Jan 5, 2018

French Quarter

Twelfth Night marks the beginning of the Carnival Mardi Gras Season and is traditionally celebrated by eating the famous Mardi Gras King Cakes in New Orleans. 

The 2018 Phorty Phunny Phellows Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans rolls on Friday, Jan 5, 2018

Phorty Phunny Phellows Streetcar Parade

Friday, Jan 5, 2018

Saint Charles Streetcar Line

This secret streetcar parade in New Orleans is always the first Mardi Gras parade of the Carnival Season in New Orleans. Most locals don't even know about it!

2018 Calendar of Events in New Orleans - Joan of Arc Parade scheduled for January 6, 2018

Joan of Arc Parade

Saturday, Jan 6, 2018

French Quarter

Reminiscent of French traditions, this walking parade is regarding as a favorite amongst the residents in New Orleans, featuring live horses and plenty of satire. 

Societes Des Chacamps Elysee Streetcar Parade

Saturday Jan 6, 2018

North Rampart Streetcar Line

This not-so-secret streetcar parade rolled down North Rampart for it's first time in 2017.

Tricentennial Mardi Gras King's Day Celebration

Saturday Jan 8, 2018

Saint Louis Cathedral, French Quarter

Expect fireworks and lots of revelry as New Orleans celebrates 300 years of history.

Tricentennial Mass 

Sunday, Jan 7, 2018

Saint Louis Cathedral, French Quarter

Tabasco: A Burlesque Opera

Jan 25, 2018 - Jan 28, 2018

Krewe du Vieux  & Krewe Delusion Parades

Saturday, Jan 27, 2018

French Quarter

Krewe du Vieux is alternative parade features humorous floats containing political satire and sexual humor. KdV is followed by Krewe Delusion, another outsider walking parade with lots of character. 

King Cake Festival

Sunday, Jan 28, 2018

Champions Square

A celebration benefiting babies and children at Ochsner, New Orleans King Cake Fest allows you to take endless amounts of various King Cakes baked by local bakeries. 

February 2018 Calendar of Events in New Orleans

Krewe of Cork Parade

Friday, Feb 2, 2018 at 3:00 pm

French Quarter

Grapes and wine are celebrated as the walking parade known as the Krewe of Cork parades through the French Quarter. 

Uptown New Orleans Mardi Gras Parades

Friday, Feb 2, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Saint Charles Avenue

Find a spot along Saint Charles Avenue and yell "Throw Me Something" to the men and women aboard the decorated Mardi Gras floats. On this day, you'll be seeing both the Krewe of Oshun, followed by Krewe of Cleopatra. 

'Tit Rex Tiny Shoebox Mardi Gras Parade

Saturday, Feb 3, 2018

Marigny New Orleans

Who knew a miniature version of a New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade would be so fun! This tiny parade is hosted in a bohemian neighborhood and is tons of fun for people of all ages! Be sure to bring the kids to this one!

Krewe of Chewbacchus Parade

Saturday, Feb 3, 2018

Marigny New Orleans

A Science Fiction Themed Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans really does exist! Expect robots, aliens, unicorns, and more. Make sure to dress up in your favorite nerd-wear for this one and you may catch best hand-made throw of the parade, a bandolier. Good luck! May the force be with you!

Uptown New Orleans Mardi Gras Parades

Saturday, Feb 3, 2018 starting at 1:00 pm

Saint Charles Avenue

Five different parades roll one after another, included Krewe of Pontchartrain, Choctaw, Freret, Sparta, and Pygmalion. Parades will roll from 1:00 pm until sometime after 9:00 pm or later along Saint Charles Avenue. 

Uptown New Orleans Mardi Gras Parades

Sunday, Feb 4, 2018 starting at 11:00 am

Saint Charles Avenue

As soon as church lets out, all of the people in New Orleans head out to enjoy another day of parade festivities along Saint Charles Avenue in Uptown New Orleans. Krewe of Femme Fatale begins the day, followed by the Krewe of Carrolton, King Arthur & Merlin, and Krewe of Alla. 

Barkus Dog Mardi Gras Parade

Sunday, Feb 4, at 2:00 pm

French Quarter

Bring your puppy dog and catch tons of dog treats as the dogs and cats of New Orleans are paraded through the French Quarter on tiny floats. Yes, it is just as adorable as it sounds! This is one of those special parades that you don't want to miss, especially if you are animal lovers like us.

Uptown New Orleans Mardi Gras Parades

Wednesday, Feb 7, 2018 at 6:30 pm

Saint Charles Avenue

The Krewe of Druids rolls through first and features a very traditional look at what Mardi Gras used to be. It's followed by an all-woman parade known as the Krewe of Nyx, who are known to throw hand-made glittered purses to the crowds. 

Uptown New Orleans Mardi Gras Parades

Thursday, Feb 8, 2018 at 6:30 pm

Saint Charles Avenue

Expect huge attendance for this Thursday Night Parade thanks to Krewe of Muses, who rolls just after both the Knights of Babylon and Knights of Chaos. Everyone in attendance will do whatever it takes to catch a one-of-a-kind glittered shoe from the all-female krewe known as Muses. What are you going to do to attract the attention to you for a shoe?

Bosom Buddies Mardi Gras Parade

Friday, Feb 9, 2018 at 11:30 am

French Quarter

Sexy and playful handcrafted bras and corsets are worn by the women of the Krewe of Bosom Buddies as they parade through the French Quarter throughout the day. This is an excellent opportunity for fun Mardi Gras photos if you are a visiting photographer. 

Uptown New Orleans Mardi Gras Parades

Friday, Feb 9, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Saint Charles Avenue

Krewe of Hermes, Krewe d'Etat, and Krewe of Morpheus will be rolling down Saint Charles Avenue. The favorite parade of the night is that of d'Etat, known for their political satire and skeleton mascot. 

Uptown New Orleans Mardi Gras Parades

Saturday, Feb 10, 2018 at 11:00am

Saint Charles Avenue

The Krewe of Iris and the Krewe of Tucks Parades are the highlight of Saturday's festivities. You'll catch beads at this parade like all the others, but Tuck's loves to throw rolls of toilet paper into the live oak trees along Saint Charles Avenue, in addition to things like plungers. 

Endymion Parade

Saturday, Feb 10, 2018 at 4:15 pm

Canal Street

Endymion is the largest super parade in all of New Orleans, and has been for so many years. They boast the LARGEST single float, tons of lights, and over 20,000 participating in the parade itself, which doesn't include spectators like you. If you can, try to go to the after party inside the Superdome. 

Uptown New Orleans Mardi Gras Parades

Sunday, Feb 11, 2018 at 11:00 am

Saint Charles Avenue

Carnival Season ain't over yet! We still have a few days left to go! This Sunday parade lineup features the Krewe of Okeanos, Krewe of Mid-City, Krewe of Thoth, and the Krewe of Bacchus. 

Red Beans & Rice Parade

Monday, Feb 12, 2018

Marigny Neighborhood

In New Orleans, we love to eat red beans and rice every single Monday, and red beans were Louis Armstrong's favorite thing to eat. So of course we're going to have a fun walking parade dedicated to it, where people make costumes made completely out of beans and rice. 

Uptown New Orleans Mardi Gras Parades

Monday, Feb 12, 2018 at 5:15 pm

Saint Charles Avenue

More parades roll down Saint Charles Avenue on Lundi Gras, which translates to Fat Monday in French. From the sidewalk or the neutral ground, you'll see the Krewe of Proteus followed by the Krewe of Orpheus. Celebrities are known to ride in this parade!

 

Uptown New Orleans Mardi Gras Parades

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Saint Charles Avenue

Congratulations! You've made it to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. On Fat Tuesday in Uptown New Orleans, wake up super early to see the Zulu Parade. This parade is followed by the King of Mardi Gras, the Krewe of Rex, plus a few truck float parades which are great for kids, like Krewe of Elks Orleans and Krewe of Crescent City. 

Secret Society of Saint Anne Parade

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Marigny Neighborhood

If you are looking to see the most glorious costumes in all of New Orleans, check out this mesmerizing walking parade held in one of the many historic neighborhoods downriver from the French Quarter. The event usually kicks off outside of a bar known as Mimi's in the Marigny early in the morning, and follows Royal Street into the French Quarter.  

 

Fat Tuesday 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

French Quarter

If parades aren't your thing, then wander through the French Quarter to see the excitement of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Bourbon Street is where the primary partying takes place, but there is still so much to see and do on Royal Street and beyond. 

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

New Orleans

New Orleans was founded as a Catholic City, which contributes to our culture and events such as Mardi Gras. Now that it's all over, this is our time to ask forgiveness for all of the sins committed leading up to this day. 

Valentine's Day 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

New Orleans

Enjoy a romantic private carriage ride through the French Quarter before or after your Valentine's Dinner Reservations at one of the many outstanding restaurants. A few spots we'd like to recommend include Broussard's and The Bombay Club, both known for their ambiance, flavor, and service.  

Use Coupon Code: THEATRE to receive 10% OFF Private Carriages for this event. 

Chinese Opera by the Houston Chinese Consulate

Friday, February 16, 2018 

Harrah's Casino Theatre

This free event is in celebration of New Orleans Tricentennial and hosted by the Houston Chinese Consulate. What an amazing opportunity for opera lovers to enjoy a carriage ride to and from this event, just as music fans used to do in the 1800s. 


Use Coupon Code: THEATRE to receive 10% OFF Private Carriages for this event. 

Ballets de Monte-Carlo presented by Monoco

‚ÄčFriday, January 23 - Saturday, January 24, 2018

Mahalia Jackson Theatre

Use Coupon Code: THEATRE to receive 10% OFF Private Carriages for this event. 

March 2018 Events in New Orleans

Congo Square New Worlds Rhythm Festival

Saturday, March 3 - Sunday, March 4, 2018

Congo Square, Armstrong Park

In the place where the enslaved African people once gathered, the Congo Square New Worlds Rhythm Festival honors the music that was brought to America by the many different peoples. See traditional African dances and Voodoo ceremonies. This free music festival features delicious food and various vendors.

Rock n Roll Marathon

Saturday, March 3 - Sunday, March 4, 2018

French Quarter

 

Spring Fiesta

Saturday, March 3, 2018 - Monday, March 11, 2018

New Orleans

Wednesday at the Square Concert Series

Every Wednesday - TBA

Lafayette Square

Take a mule-drawn carriage ride from the French Quarter to the Business District for a free music festival each and every Wednesday in March. 

Sun Belt Basketball Championships

Wednesday, March 6, 2018 - Monday, March 11, 2018

New Orleans

Buku Music and Art Project

Saturday, March 9, 2018 - Saturday, March 10, 2018

Mardi Gras World

Visiting New Orleans for BUKU? It's going to be a lot of fun. Make sure you bring your most colorful costumes and lots of glitter, because you're going to need it. Since you're going to be spending so much time at the fest, pack all your sightseeing into one hour aboard a carriage to really get the most of the famous French Quarter. 

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