NEW ORLEANS, LA – Let the good times (potentially) roll! Although Covid19 OMICRON variant is ravaging the US, here is the hyper-optimistic 2022 Mardi Gras parade schedule for the New Orleans metro area. Keeping health and safety as a priority for our musicians and performers, The New Orleans Music Company will be providing entertainment services for private events ONLY. Contact us if you’d like to book entertainment or cultural services during the Mardi Gras season. Now, here’s the (tentative) 2022 New Orleans Mardi Gras schedule.
Thursday, January 6, 2022
Krewe of Joan of Arc, French Quarter @ 7 p.m.
Phunny Phorty Phellows, Uptown (St. Charles Streetcar Line) @ 7 p.m.
Funky Uptown Krewe, Uptown (St. Charles Streetcar Line) @ 7:05 p.m.
Société Des Champs Elysée, Marigny (Walking parade only) @ 8 p.m.
Sunday, January 30, 2022
Krewe of Nefertiti, New Orleans East @ 1 p.m.
Saturday, February 5, 2022
Krewe of Chewbacchus, Marigny @ 7 p.m.
Friday, February 11, 2022
Krewe Bohème, Marigny – French Quarter @ 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 12, 2022
Krewe du Vieux, French Quarter @ 6:30 p.m.
Krewe Delusion, French Quarter @ follows Krewe du Vieux
Friday, February 18, 2022
Krewe of Cork, French Quarter @ 3 p.m.
Oshun, Uptown @ 6 p.m.
Cleopatra, Uptown@ 6 p.m.
Alla, Uptown @ 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 19, 2022
Pontchartrain, Uptown @ 1 p.m.
Choctaw, Uptown @ follows Pontchartrainin
Freret, Uptown @ follows Choctaw
Sparta, Uptown @ 5:30 p.m.
Pygmalion, Uptown @ follows Sparta
Sunday, February 20, 2022
Femme Fatale, Uptown @ 11 a.m.
Carrollton, Uptown @ 12 p.m.
King Arthur, Uptown @ follows Carrollton
Barkus, French Quarter @ 2 p.m.
Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Culinary Queens of New Orleans, Westbank @ 6 p.m.
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Druids, Uptown @ 6:15 p.m.
Nyx, Uptown @ follows Druids
Thursday, February 24, 2022
Babylon, Uptown @ 5:30 p.m.
Chaos, Uptown @ follows Babylon
Muses, Uptown @ follows Chaos
Friday, February 25, 2022
Hermes, Uptown @ 5:30 p.m.
d’Etat, Uptown @ follows Hermes
Morpheus, Uptown @ follows Morpheus
Saturday, February 26, 2022
NOMTOC, Westbank @ 10:45 a.m.
Iris, Uptown @ 11 a.m.
Tucks, Uptown @ follows Iris
Endymion, Mid-City @ 4:15 p.m.
Sunday, February 27, 2022
Okeanos, Uptown @ 11 a.m.
Mid-City, Uptown @ follows Okeanos
Thoth, Uptown @ follows Mid-City
Bacchus, Uptown @ 5:15 p.m.
Athena, Metairie @ 5:30 p.m.
Lundi Gras – Monday, February 28, 2022
Proteus, Uptown @ 5: 15 p.m.
Orpheus, Uptown @ 6 p.m.
Mardi Gras – (Fat) Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Zulu, Uptown @ 9 a.m.
Rex, Uptown @ 10 a.m.
Elks Orleanians, Uptown @ follows Rex
Crescent City, Uptown @ follows Elks
Lagniappe – All On Mardi Gras Day
MARDI GRAS/ BLACK MASKING INDIANS: The history of this culture is primarily an oral one told through songs and chants much like the way stories of the past are told by African griots. Although there are numerous origin stories, there is agreement that aspects of the custom of Blacks “masking” (costuming) Indian began in the mid-19th century as a way to honor the Native Americans with whom slaves found refuge when they sought freedom.
On Mardi Gras Day, the Indians roam their neighborhoods, aiming to take claim of “being the prettiest” and challenging opposing tribes who confront them, using traditional chants, dances, drumming and crowd hyping. The Indians can only be found in Black neighborhoods, Uptown, Downtown, Westbank, Carrollton and Treme. Their routes are random and not officially associated with the city’s Mardi Gras festivities. Other indigenous cultural groups who roam the community on Mardi Gras Day include the Baby Dolls, Bones and Skulls, and various walking clubs. If you stumble across them, be respectful, maintain a safe distance and DO NOT take pictures or video without permission.
Lagniappe – Do’s & Dont’s
Do bring your family, being, Mardi Gras is a family event. The Girls Gone Wild and Tit-Fest is purely a Bourbon Street, tourist driven activity!
Don’t expect the Girls Gone Wild and Tit-Fest to be the norm of your experience. As a matter of fact, just stay away from Bourbon Street!
Do enjoy the pageantry, creativity, beauty and passion that goes into making Mardi Gras the greatest free party in America. Be in the moment; put the cameras and phones away.
Don’t disrespect the locals by being obnoxious, drunken, thinking you have a right to jump in front people, walking through bands or being privileged. For locals, this is about family and traditions. They’ll kick your ass in a heartbeat!
Do support the live performers by tipping generously in the clubs, buying CD and products, joining their mailing list and taking pictures to share on social media.
Do enjoy yourself, be safe, MaskUp 😷, wash your hands frequently, don’t play politics when it comes to Covid19 because your choices impacts hundreds of other folk, utilize the entertainment services of The New Orleans Music Company and enjoy Mardi Gras in New Orleans!
The New Orleans Music Company is your source for all things entertainment and cultural performance and your resource for all things New Orleans. Our founder, Dr. Brice Miller is not only a Grammy-nominated jazz musician and producer, but also an award winning cultural anthropologist, ethnomusicologist and academic professional. He is one of the most knowledgeable people on Earth regarding New Orleans culture and traditions. He’s also a super cool awesome person and humanitarian.