Carnival Time: Mardi Gras Parade Route Tour
Among the underrated pleasures of Mardi Gras are the walks—from parking places, restrooms, bars, strangers’ houses, barricaded streets, etc.—to the parade route. This tour features sites within a few blocks of St. Charles Avenue, from Napoleon Avenue to Canal Street, to check out along the way.
If, as can happen during Carnival, you find yourself walking across the CBD, check out our tour of South Rampart Street. It includes a bar where the Zulu parade and Baby Dolls stopped on Mardi Gras Day back in the 1940s. If you get to the French Quarter there’s a tour for that, too, featuring the studio where Professor Longhair and Earl King recorded the Carnival classic “Big Chief.”