Fun Ways to Celebrate Mardi Gras 2023 in New Orleans

January 24th 2023
Jeannelle Douglas
Fun Ways to Celebrate Mardi Gras 2023 in New Orleans

Mardi Gras is the annual festival celebrated every year in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. While this time has been known for having major celebrations and festivities, you can also join in on some smaller actions and must-do activities around town during Mardi Gras. Here are fun ways to celebrate Mardi Gras 2023 in New Orleans.

Table of Contents

  • Bus Tours
  • River Cruises
  • Carriage Rides
  • Mardi Gras Parades
  • Plantation Tours
  • Mardi Gras World
  • Eat a King Cake
  • Bourbon Street Bars and Clubs



Bus Tours


Passengers on a bus tour in New Orleans

Pictured above are passengers on a bus tour.


Bus tours are great when it comes to visiting New Orleans, especially because you can get off at different locations to explore every nook and cranny of the city. Mardi Gras bus tours are no exception, especially when celebrating this time of year! Take a tour around the French Quarter during Mardi Gras 2023 with City Sightseeing Tours to see everything that makes New Orleans special.

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River Cruises


Docked steamboat in New Orleans

Pictured above is a docked steamboat.


A river cruise in New Orleans is a great way to spend the day and enjoy the views, not only of the French Quarter but also of other parts of the city. There are plenty of tour operators who offer cruises of different lengths throughout the year, and you can schedule your Mardi Gras river cruise at a time of your convenience.

Recommended Cruise: Creole Queen Jazz Cruise

No Mardi Gras 2023 visit would be complete without party-goers dancing to live jazz music and enjoying drinks and delicious Creole food. On Creole Queen, enjoy two hours of exciting sounds from Sullivan Dabney, Jr. and the Muzik Jazz Band. When it comes to celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans, there is no better way than spending time with family and friends while having fun.

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Carriage Rides


Carriage ride in Jackson Square in New Orleans

Pictured above is a carriage ride in Jackson Square.


There’s nothing like traveling in style throughout the Big Easy. Carriage rides are a fun way to see the sights throughout the city, and you can sit back and relax as your carriage guide points out all of the interesting landmarks. You can take your Mardi Gras 2023 celebration on a mesmerizing carriage ride through the French Quarter, and bask in the glory of the breathtaking architecture.

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Mardi Gras Parades


Mardi Gras float in New Orleans

Major parades commence in the Uptown and Mid-City districts.


If you want to make your Mardi Gras 2023 celebration more fun, attending one of these parades is a must. Watch floats filled with people tossing out beads! It’s worth checking out the variety of parades that will be held during Mardi Gras. You can get all dressed up and feel like royalty while you watch these floats roll by!


Plantation Tours


Oak Alley Plantation in New Orleans

Pictured above is Oak Alley Plantation.


There are so many reasons why plantation tours are a great way to have fun during Mardi Gras 2023. Plantation tours serve as fantastic outings for a family or a group of friends. While some plantation homes are lavish, others are more humble and give you a glimpse into what it was like to live in the 1800s.

You can take a self-guided tour through most of these plantation homes or sign up for a guided tour. The abundance of plantations can be overwhelming, and luckily, TripShock has prepared a list of popular plantation tours in New Orleans:


  • Oak Alley Plantation
  • Houmas House
  • Laura Plantation
  • San Francisco Plantation
  • Destrehan Plantation
  • Whitney Plantation

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Mardi Gras World


Float inside Mardi Gras World in New Orleans

Pictured above is a float inside Mardi Gras World. Image by


Feast your eyes on the incredible floats at Mardi Gras World. The displays are amazing and there are also plenty of photo opportunities at this attraction! Taking a tour of the magnificent Mardi Gras World gives you a taste of a real Mardi Gras experience.

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Eat a King Cake


King cake in New Orleans

Pictured above is a Mardi Gras king cake.


King cakes have been a long-standing tradition in New Orleans. These delicious pastries are eaten during everything from birthday parties to weddings, so why not celebrate Mardi Gras by eating one yourself? There are many different types of king cake available ranging from cream cheese fillings to fruit fillings. Make sure that you stop by Manny Randazzo King Cakes, boasted by locals as the best king cake in Louisiana.


Bourbon Street Bars and Clubs


Bourbon Street pubs and bars in New Orleans

Pictured above are pubs and bars on Bourbon Street.


New Orleans is known for its food, festivals, entertainment, and of course, Bourbon Street bars, and clubs! If you want the best of when it comes to entertainment and fun, it’s definitely on Bourbon Street. There are many bars and clubs to choose from on Bourbon Street, and the most popular ones include:


Tropical Aisle
721 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70116

Fritzel’s European Jazz Pub
733 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70116

Bourbon Heat
711 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70116



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