Gay Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Thursday, February 23 through Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Southern Decadence


Gay Mardi Gras is without a doubt the most outrageous gay and lesbian event in New Orleans, second only to the annual Southern Decadence Weekend Celebration in the number of gay and esbian revelers. In 2017, the celebration is Thursday, February 23 through Tuesday, February 28, and takes place in the lower French Quarter. This is where the epicenter of the Gay New Orleans community is located at the corner of Bourbon and St. Ann Streets, anchored by the city's largest gay nightclub,  The Bourbon Pub / Parade.

Tradition dictates that the official Mardi Gras season begins on January 6th, or Twelfth Night. The duration  is determined by the Church calendar, and runs until the beginning of Lent, which is Ash Wednesday. The climax is "Fat Tuesday" (or Mardi Gras Day), the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.  And Ash Wednesday is always 46 days before Easter Sunday. Finally, Easter Sunday is the first Sunday after the first full moon following the first day of Spring.  Confusing?  It won't be after your first drink on Bourbon Street! The entire season can last as long as two months (as will be the case in 2019) or can be as short as one month, (as was the case in 2008).


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New Orleans' Gay Mardi Gras presents many of the nation's best DJ talent. The 2017 DJ lineup will be announced in early 2017.

If you need a hotel, we offer special internet-only rates at many French Quarter and adjacent-area hotels.  Great hotel rates for 2017 are already available. Just click on the search link below.

  And VIP and Regular Weekend Passes will be available near the end of 2016.  Join our email list to be notified when they may be purchased online.  
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When is Mardi Gras?

2017:  February 28, 2017    2018:  February 13, 2018
March 5, 2019