Certain aspects of Mardi Gras are shrouded in mystery. For instance, the official parade schedule isn’t typically released until the first few weeks of each new year. Some parades are planned well in advance but others move around. As soon as it’s available, we’ll post it here. Until then, here’s what we can tell you.
Carnival season officially begins on Jan. 6 or Twelfth Night. Most parades don't start until a few weeks before Mardi Gras Day, which can fall as early as Feb. 5 or as late as March 9. In 2018, Mardi Gras falls on February 13, the day before Valentine’s Day.
If this is the year you’re going to make your Mardi Gras dreams come true, you can book your trip to New Orleans here (if your travel dates are less than a year away.) You can also find future Mardi Gras dates here.