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Mardi Gras 2020


The RTA has planned detours and service adjustments to help navigate during Mardi Gras. Check out the 2020 Mardi Gras Guide to see the complete list of detours and maps.

Remember to stay up-to-date on all service adjustment by visiting the Service Alert webpage or by downloading the GoMobile app.


General Information

Mardi Gras Guide

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  • All parade detours start two (2) hours before the parade start time.
  • Detours will remain in place until clean up crews finish cleaning the parade route.
  • All bus and streetcar lines not affected by parades will be on their regular routes.
  • Due to increased traffic and pedestrian movements, bus, and streetcar routes may be delayed.
  • The Algiers Point-Canal Street ferry will have extended hours starting February 14.
  • The Chalmette Ferry has adjusted hours starting February 14.

Transit Impacts During Mardi Gras

Parades are scheduled throughout the city. To see how detours are planned throughout the Mardi Gras season, click on the tabs below. 
 
Streetcar Detours
2 - Riverfront Streetcar

During parades, the Riverfront Streetcar will only service stops between French Market Station and Canal Street Station. There will be no streetcar service between Liberty St. and the Riverfront during parades. Poydras Street Station and Julia Street Station on the Riverfront continue to be out of service due to construction on the Four Seasons project.

 
12 - St. Charles Streetcar

From February 14 to February 21, there will be adjustments to the St. Charles Streetcar. During parades, streetcars will operate between S. Claiborne Ave. and Valence St. Shuttle bus services will be provided from Valence St. to Canal St. via the 15 - Freret route, terminating at Duncan Plaza. Heading Uptown, shuttle buses will travel along Loyola Ave. to Calliope St.to O.C. Haley Blvd. After parades, streetcar service will resume along St. Charles Ave.

 

From February 19 through Mardi Gras Day on February 25, there will be no streetcar service between Valence St. and Canal St. at all. Before and after parades, shuttle bus services will operate between Valence St. and Canal St. along St. Charles Ave. During parades, shuttle bus services will operate from Valence St. to Canal St. via the 15 - Freret route, terminating at Duncan Plaza.

 
47 - Canal-Cemeteries Streetcar

During parades, streetcar service will be provided from the Cemeteries Transit Center to the Union Passenger Terminal via Loyola Ave. There will be no streetcar service between Liberty St. and the Riverfront during parades.

48 - Cemeteries-City Park Streetcar

During parades, streetcar service will be provided from the City Park/Museum to La Salle St. There will be no streetcar service between Liberty St. and the Riverfront during parades.

49 - Rampart-St. Claude Streetcar

Due the Hard Rock Hotel collapse and exclusion zone, the Rampart-St. Claude Streetcar is not in service. The 57 - Franklin, 88 - St. Claude, and 91 - Jackson/Esplanade bus lines provide service onN. Rampart Street. For more info on impacts due to the Hard Rock Hotel collapse, visit RTAforward.org/Transit-Hub.

 
Mardi Gras Day
Mardi Gras Day

All bus services will follow their Saturday schedules, except for the 106-Aurora, which will follow its weekday schedule. There will be no shuttle bus services for the 12 - St. Charles Streetcar on Mardi Gras Day.

5-Marigny/Bywater: No service on Decatur St./N. Peters St. to Canal St.

10-Tchoupitoulas: Stops between Marengo St. and Audubon Park and Poydras St. and Canal St. will not be serviced during the parades.

11-Magazine: Stops between Marengo St. and Audubon Park and Poydras St. and Canal St. will not be serviced during the parades.

15-Freret: No service on Mardi Gras Day.

16-S. Claiborne: Stops between Loyola Ave. and Harrah’s on Poydras St. will not be serviced during parades.

27-Louisiana: Stops between Carondelet St. and Tchoupitoulas St. will not be serviced during the parades.

28-MLK: Stops between S. Dorgenois St. and Tchoupitoulas St. will not be serviced during the parades. Buses will go to Canal St. and La Salle St.

32-Leonidas: Buses will take Carrollton Ave. to Esplanade Ave. and follow the 91-Jackson-Esplanade to N. Rampart St. and Bienville St.

47/48-Canal Streetcars: Heading Downtown, streetcars will stop at La Salle St.

51/52-St. Bernard: Buses will not service stops on Basin St. during the parade. Buses will go to N. Rampart St. to Bienville St.

55-Elysian Fields: No service on Decatur St./N. Peters St. to Canal St. Use Riverfront Streetcar at French Market Station to access Canal St.

84-Galvez: No service between Esplanade Ave. to Loyola Ave. Buses will use Esplanade Ave to N. Rampart St. to Bienville St.

91-Jackson/Esplanade: No service between N. Rampart St. & Bienville St. to Tchoupitoulas St.

94-Broad: Service will be split on either side of Orleans Ave. until parades are over.

 
Detour Maps

Map of Downtown Detours for French Quarter and Uptown Parades

Map of Detours

Map of Endymion Parade Detours

Map of Detours

Map of Mardi Gras Day Detours

Mardi Gras Day

Map of Detours for West Bank Parades

Map of Detours
Map of Detours
 
All Parade Detours
Uptown Parades
All Uptown Parades

St. Charles Streetcar: Please refer to the Streetcar Detours information above.

10 - Tchoupitoulas & 11 - MagazineStops between Marengo St. and Audubon Park and Poydras St. and Canal St. will not be serviced during the parades.

16 - S. Claiborne: Stops between Loyola Ave. and Harrah’s on Poydras St. will not be serviced during parades.

27 - Louisiana: Stops between Carondelet St. and Tchoupitoulas St. will not be serviced during the parades.

28 - MLK: Stops between S. Dorgenois St. and Tchoupitoulas St. will not be serviced during the parades. Buses will go to Canal St. and La Salle St.

91 - Jackson/Esplanade: Stops between Carondelet St. and Tchoupitoulas St. will not be serviced during parades.

French Quarter Parades
Krewe of Chewbacchus - February 1 - 6:00 pm

5-Marigny-Bywater: Bus service will stop at 5:30 p.m. Use Riverfront to access Canal St.

55-Elysian Fields: No service on Decatur St. Use Riverfront to access Canal St.

57-Franklin & 80-Desire-Louisa: Buses will use Claiborne Ave. to get to Duncan Plaza. No service on Rampart St./St. Claude Ave. until parade is over.

88-St. Claude: Buses will use Claiborne Ave. and Esplanade Ave. to get to Rampart St. to St. Peter St. From there, buses will use Basin St. to Duncan Plaza. No service on Rampart St. until parade is over.

Krewe du Vieux & krewedelusion - February 8 - 6:45 pm

St. Charles Streetcar: Streetcars will stop at Howard Ave. during the parade. Shuttle buses will provide service between Howard Ave. and Canal St.

Canal Streetcars: No streetcar service between Baronne St. and Harrah’s.

5-Marigny-Bywater: Buses will run between Elysian Fields Ave. and Poland Ave. starting at 4:30 pm until the service ends at 6:45 pm. Use Riverfront to access Canal St.

10 - Tchoupitoulas & 11 - Magazine: Buses will detour from Calliope St. to Convention Center Blvd. to get to Canal St. No service on Poydras St. Use stops at Canal St. & Magazine St. or Annunciation St. at Calliope St. to access route.

55-Elysian Fields: Buses will detour via St. Claude Ave. to Duncan Plaza. No service on Decatur St. during parade. Use 2 - Riverfront Streetcar at French Market Station to access Canal St.

88-St. Claude: Buses will use Claiborne Ave. and Esplanade Ave. to get to Rampart St. to St. Peter St. From there, buses will use Basin St. to Duncan Plaza. No service on Rampart St. until parade is over.

Krewe of Cork - February 14 - 3:00 pm

5-Marigny-Bywater & 55-Elysian Fields: Expect delays.

Krewe of Barkus - February 23 - 2:00 pm

57 - Franklin, 88 - St. Claude, 91 - Jackson/Esplanade: Expect delays.

West Bank Parades
Mystic Knights of Adonis - February 15 - 11:45 am

114/115 - Gen. De Gaulle: Buses will take MacArthur Blvd. and Woodland Dr. to Sullen Dr. No service on Garden Oaks, Behrman Hwy or Tullis Dr. during parade.

Krewe of NOMTOC - February 15 - 11:45 am

101 - Algiers: No service to Eliza St. and Hendee St.

102 - Gen. Meyer: No service between Kabel Dr. and Whitney Ave.

108 - Algiers Local: Service between L.B. Landry Ave. at Semmes St. and Cut-Off only.

Endymion
Superkrewe of Endymion

12-St. Charles Shuttle Bus: Shuttle bus services will stop at Union Passenger Terminal during parade.

15-Freret: Buses will stop at Union Passenger Terminal. There will be no service to Canal St.

16-S. Claiborne: Stops from Loyola Ave. to Canal St. will not be serviced.

27-Louisiana: No service between Delgado Community College and Cemeteries Transit Center.

28-MLK: Buses will go to Tulane Ave. and La Salle St. There will be no service to Canal St.

32-Leonidas: Route will be split on either side of the parade with service from Audubon Park to Banks St. and from Orleans Ave. & N. Scott St. to Basin St. & Canal St.

47/48-Canal Streetcars: No streetcar service during parade. Shuttle bus service will be provided from Basin St./Canal St. to the Cemeteries Transit Center along a detoured route.

51/52-St. Bernard: Buses will use regular route to Basin St.

84-Galvez: Buses will use Orleans Ave. to Basin St. and Bienville St.

90-Carrollton: The line will be split into two with service from Elysian Fields Ave. to Beauregard Circle (Stop ID: 4663) and S. Claiborne Ave. to Cemeteries Transit Center, following 27-Louisiana route from S. Carrollton Ave. to Cemeteries Transit Center.

91-Jackson/Esplanade: Buses will not run between Walmart and Iberville St.

94-Broad: Service will be split on either side of Canal St., with stops at Banks St. and Bienville St. until the parade passes Broad Ave.

101/102/114/115: Buses will use Claiborne Ave. exit to access Tulane Ave. to La Salle St.

 
Parade Schedule
Parade Date Time
Krewe of Chewbacchus Saturday, February 1 7:00 pm
Krewe Bohème Friday, February 7 7:00 pm
Krewe du Vieux Saturday, February 8 6:30 pm
krewedelusion Saturday, February 8 Follows
Krewe of Nefertiti Sunday, February 9 11:00 am
'tit Rex Sunday, February 9 4:30 pm
Krewe of Cork Friday, February 14 3:00 pm
Krewe of Oshun Friday, February 14 6:00 pm
Krewe of Cleopatra Friday, February 14 6:30 pm
Krewe of Alla Friday, February 14 Follows
Krewe of Pontchartrain Saturday, February 15 12:00 pm
Krewe of Choctaw Saturday, February 15 Follows
Krewe of Freret Saturday, February 15 Follows
Knights of Sparta Saturday, February 15 5:30 pm
Krewe of Pygmalion Saturday, February 15 6:15 pm
Mystic Knights of Adonis Saturday, February 15 11:45 am
Krewe of Barkus Sunday, February 16 2:00 pm
Krewe of Femme Fatale Sunday, February 24 11:00 am
Krewe of Carrollton Sunday, February 24 Follows
Krewe of King Arthur & Merlin Sunday, February 24 Follows
Krewe of Druids Wednesday, February 19 6:15 pm
Krewe of Nyx Wednesday, February 19 7:00 pm
Knights of Babylon Thursday, February 20 5:00 pm
Knights of Chaos Thursday, February 20 5:45 pm
Krewe of Muses Thursday, February 20 6:00 pm
Krewe of Bosom Buddies Friday, February 21 11:30 am
Krewe of Hermes Friday, February 21 5:30 pm
Krewe of d'Etat Friday, February 21 6:30 pm
Krewe of Morpheus Friday, February 21 7:00 pm
Krewe of NOMTOC Saturday, February 22 10:45 am
Krewe of Iris Saturday, February 22 11:00 am
Krewe of Tucks Saturday, February 22 12:00 pm
Krewe of Endymion Saturday, February 22 4:15 pm
Krewe of Okeanos Sunday, February 23 10:00 am
Krewe of Mid-City Sunday, February 23 11:00 am
Krewe of Thoth Sunday, February 23 11:15 am
Krewe of Bacchus Sunday, February 23 5:15 pm
Krewe of Proteus Monday, February 24 5:15 pm
Krewe of Orpheus Monday, February 24 6:00 pm
Krewe of Zulu Tuesday, February 25 8:00 am
Krewe of Rex Tuesday, February 25 10:00 am
Krewe of Elks Orleans Tuesday, February 25 Follows
Krewe of Crescent City Tuesday, February 25 Follows

Algiers Point-Canal Street Ferry Service

The Algiers Point-Canal Street Ferry operates extended hours during Mardi Gras. RTA will run the Margaret Lab and the Levy during the Mardi Gras season. The Margaret Lab will run every 30 minutes. The Levy will run every 15 minutes. 

Ferry Schedule During Mardi Gras
Day Date (First Trip)
From Algiers Point
(Last Trip)
From Canal Street
Friday February 14 6:00 am 11:30 pm
Saturday February 15 6:00 am 11:30 pm
Sunday February 16 6:00 am 9:30 pm
Monday February 17 6:00 am 10:30 pm
Tuesday February 18 6:00 am 10:30 pm
Wednesday February 19 6:00 am 10:30 pm
Thursday February 20 6:00 am 10:30 pm
Friday February 21 6:00 am 10:30 pm
Saturday February 22 6:00 am 11:30 pm
Sunday February 23 6:00 am 11:30 pm
Monday February 24 6:00 am 11:30 pm
Tuesday February 25 6:00 am 9:30 pm

Chalmette Ferry Service

Starting on Friday, February 14, the Chalmette Ferry is operating an adjusted schedule during the Mardi Gras season.

Chalmette Ferry Schedule - February 14 - 25
Date Operating Hours
February 14 - 16 Closed
February 17 - 20 6 am to 3 pm
February 21 - 25 Closed

Fares & Passes

Check out the Fares and Passes page for information on buses and streetcar fares.


 
NOLA Ready


For public safety tips during the Mardi Gras season, visit ready.nola.gov. Text MARDIGRAS to 888777 for updates on parades from the City of New Orleans.



Social Media Toolkit

The RTA Social Media Toolkit was created for your agency to share in communicating key messages for getting around safe-n-easy during Mardi Gras 2020. Click here to check out the RTA Social Media Toolkit.


Need Assistance?

Our Rideline team is here to help if you have a question or need assistance during the Mardi Gras Season. 

Rideline Phone Number 504-248-3900
Rideline Email comments@RTAforward.org
Weekday Hours 5:00 am to 12:00 am
Weekend Hours 5:00 am to 11:00 pm


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