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Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Program No. 13229RJ
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.

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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. Enjoy access to private parade stands, special musical performances and instruction by local experts who will lead you on this journey of learning and celebration.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Walking a few blocks a day.

What You'll Learn

  • 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.

General Notes

Road Scholar participants will have private parade seating. This is a Road Scholar Large Group program. The number of participants in this program may be as high as 130; the whole group will be together for most lectures, performances, and meals. For some activities participants will be separated into smaller groups with a dedicated Group Leader. The schedule for your group may vary from the published itinerary, but each group will have an opportunity to experience all program elements. If you are traveling with companions who are not your roommate and you would like to be grouped together, please list their names on your “Personal Information & Preferences” in your Road Scholar “My Account” page.
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