Mardi Gras in New Orleans
Learn the story of Mardi Gras in the city that celebrates it best, New Orleans, where you’ll witness grand parades, enjoy expert lectures and revel in this festive tradition.
Rating (4.84)
Program No. 13229RJ
6 days
Starts at

At a Glance

“Mardi Gras” (Fat Tuesday) merges religious and secular in an unrivaled expression of joie de vivre that concludes Carnival season. The one-and-only New Orleans Mardi Gras is a must-see experience at the heart of the Crescent City’s vibrant culture, where families watch parades on the same corner for years. Experience the inimitable mix of royal ritual and joyful excitement as the collective soul of the city rises to reaffirm its tremendous appetite for living life to the fullest.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Walking a few blocks a day.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn from experts about the unique history of Carnival in New Orleans and its many krewes from Bacchus to Rex to Zulu.
  • Watch spectacular parades from a privileged vantage point right in front of your hotel and see the differences in each krewe’s floats, costumes and themes.
  • Learn how kings and queens of Carnival are chosen and what the unique Mardi Gras Indians are all about, and for an extra dose of fun bring your own mask/costume.

General Notes

Private parade seating for Road Scholar. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available. To enjoy even more Mardi Gras celebrations, come a week earlier for three days of parades and revelry with fewer crowds on program #2856 - February 22, 2019!
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