Gay Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Thursday, February 12 through Tuesday, February 17, 2015

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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 lesbian revelers. In 2015, the celebration is Thursday, February 12 through Tuesday, February 17, 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 was the case in 2011) 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. 2014 featured DJs were Max Rodriguez, Mike Bryant, Derek Monteiro, Brendan Thompson, Chris Allen, Sean Michael, and Otter.

If you need a hotel, we offer special internet-only rates at many French Quarter and adjacent-area hotels.  Great hotel rates for 2015 are already available. Just click on the search link below.

 
     
     
 
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When is Mardi Gras?
FUTURE MARDI GRAS DATES:

2015:  February 17, 2015
2016:  February 9, 2016
2017:  February 28, 2017
2018:  February 13, 2018