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Krewe of Endymion - Mardi Gras 2016
Krewe of Endymion - Mardi Gras 2016

How to Get Around During Mardi Gras

As crowds and floats take over the streets, prepare for changes in regular transport

Like every balcony in the French Quarter, the streets of New Orleans are overcrowded during Carnival season. The population of the city goes up by the thousands in a matter of days. Many streets close down for parades, and taxis, rideshares and pedicabs can only get you so close to the action. So how do you get from here to there and back again with your sanity intact? Some people rent bikes, but the public transportation system is probably your best bet. The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority has created the tools you need to navigate smoothly around New Orleans. Unlike many visitors, this isn’t the RTA’s first Mardi Gras.

RTA Mardi Gras Guide

The RTA’s Mardi Gras Guide contains parade schedules by neighborhood, transit fare information, and more so you can effectively plan before you even reach the city. You can download the guide for free on the RTA’s website. 

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Rampart - St. Claude Streetcar

The RTA Le Pass App

With the free GoMobile app, you can create an account and pay for your fare instantly – without the hassle of counting coins and cash.

Visit the NORTA site for iTunes app & Google Play app downloads.

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Rampart Street - Biking

Walking to New Orleans

The best way to navigate Mardi Gras is on foot. Wear comfortable shoes, put a couple of Band-Aids in your back pocket, and see our Mardi Gras Costume Ideas page for inspiration. Click here to view updated schedules and routes.

For more information on public transportation in New Orleans, visit