New Orleans Mardi Gras Tour

Celebrate Mardi Gras Year-Round on this Tour!

Mardi Gras is New Orleans at its absolute best, most wild! Just because you may not be able to make it to the Crescent City during this yearly festival, doesn't mean you can't experience the party throughout the year. Join this Mardi Gras tour that will immerse you in the full festival experience as you learn about it's rich and fascinating history!

Your first stop will be to visit Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture where your local guide, and Mardi Gras veteran, will give you a full tour. Here you’ll learn about the “krewes” or associations that run the parades and balls associated with Mardi Gras and even try on some of their stunning costumes that have become famous across the world.

From the Mardi Gras Museum, your tour will venture to the oldest family-run restaurant in America, where each room is set up like a museum to the krewe that regularly meets there. You’ll get a classic New Orleans cocktail from the bar and then head up to the balcony for views over the French Quarter and a thorough debunking of a few Mardi Gras myths.

After a relaxing cocktail in the French Quarter, your guide will show you how to form your very own Second Line parade, aka “the quintessential New Orleans art form” and you’ll learn where to go if you want to experience Mardi Gras like a local.

Lastly, after making your way through the French Quarter, you’ll hop on a shuttle to Mardi Gras World where you’ll get a behind the scenes look at how the legendary floats are made for the parades and finish your tour with a slice of authentic king cake. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Tour Highlights

  • Complimentary cocktail in the French Quarter
  • Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture
  • Tickets to Mardi Gras World
  • Taste of authentic Mardi Gras King Cake
    • Live Guide
    • Entry into Mardi Gras World
    • Complimentary cocktail
    • Fully-guided tour of the Mardi Gras Museum
    • King Cake
  • This tour meets outside of Arnaud's Restaurant, located at 813 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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    • Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no-shows after tour commencement or departure.
    • Some portions of the tour are not wheelchair and stroller accessible. Please contact us if you may need an alternate tour to accommodate.
    • The walking portion of the tour is outdoors rain or shine, so please dress appropriately. Ponchos are recommended for rain while umbrellas are recommended for shade.
    • Comfortable walking shoes recommended.


  • Expand/Collapse Where is the meeting point?

    This tour meets outside of Arnaud's Restaurant, located at 813 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70112

  • Expand/Collapse Are reservations required?

    Yes, reservations are required for every tour we offer. 

  • Expand/Collapse What does 'Fat Tire Tours Approved' mean?

    We've been perfecting our tours since 1999, and we are always looking for new ways to improve our tour menu for our guests. We are committed to expanding the activities offered during your stay in Paris to make for an unforgettable experience. So for all of the experiences that we aren't able to deliver on our own, we've hand-selected the best local providers to offer a wide-range of unique and fun activities for our guests.

    With anything Fat Tire Tours Approved, you still receive our spectacular customer service ready to assist you in any way we can, 24/7, as well as the guarantee that we have hand selected the best possible partners to supplement our tour menu.

  • Expand/Collapse What is your cancellation policy?

    We're happy to offer free changes and 100% refund up to 24 hours before tour* Failure to cancel a reservation at least 24 hours prior to scheduled departure may result in forfeited travel funds. Fare difference may apply.

    *See restrictions here

  • Expand/Collapse Is this tour appropriate for children?

    Absolutely, this is a great family activity! Please note that chldren aged 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

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  • Expand/Collapse What is your weather policy?

    Our tours operate rain or shine and we encourage guests to consult the weather forecast prior to tour day.

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