It’s taken a few years of planning, but Royal Carriages is excited to announce that “Muletide” rides are now a reality at New Orleans City Park – just in time for the holidays.

“We are excited to create a new holiday attraction in one of the best urban parks nationwide,” said Royal Carriages Director of Marketing Kimmie Carlos. “As one of the oldest carriage companies in the country at 78-years strong, we want all of New Orleans to experience history with us to celebrate the season and, hopefully, create new family traditions.”

The mules will be dressed for the holidays, including a mule named Mr. Bingle. Rides are set to start on December 2nd, departing from Irby Avenue near Storyland, and will run on various nights throughout the month. Each tour is 30-minutes and will wind through one of the most iconic holiday displays the city has to offer, Celebration in the Oaks. Tours will run from 5 pm – 10 pm.

A Preview Party for Friends of City Park Members is slated for November 22 from 5 pm – 10 pm at 5 Victory Avenue, Royal Carriages will be at the corner of Irby Avenue and Victory Avenue during this time.  On November 26, all media is invited for a photo opportunity and interviews about this exciting partnership ahead of the actual ride launch. This will be at 6pm sharp, at Carousel Gardens Amusement Park.

On-site ticket purchases will be available, but online ticket purchases are encouraged now at Each ride is $20, and children under three years-old are free.

Royal Carriages is one of the oldest, longest-running sightseeing carriage companies in the United States. It started in 1941 by Clem and Violet Lauga with only one horse and carriage. Through the years, and with the Lauga family at the helm, the company has grown into a full-service carriage company with 45 employees in the heart of New Orleans. The company prides itself on the care it gives to its animals, with each mule receiving months of annual vacation on one of the company’s two farms in Covington, Louisiana and Poplarville, Mississippi. For more information, go to or Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and TripAdvisor.


Media Contact:
Kimmie Carlos