Riding in a Mardi Gras Parade is on virtually every New Orleanians and tourist’s bucket list during the Carnival Season. Who doesn’t want to be one of the people on parade floats throwing armfuls of beads, stuffed animals, trinkets, and footballs to the crowds? The entire Mardi Gras Season is a great time, but if you want the best day, try to get yourself into the Krewe of Argus to experience Mardi Gras truly.
Fat Tuesday 2023 was like no other Mardi Gras celebration because my sister and I were invited to be first-time parade riders for the Krewe of Argus. The membership dues to join the Krewe of Argus are only $400. That fee gets you into an Open house party, Lundi Gras Cookout, Mardi Gras Day refreshments, ride, costume, and Post Parade Party! Next, you will need to spend money on throws, transportation, and of course, food and booze!
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First time riding in a Mardi Gras Parade
2023 was my first time riding in a Mardi Gras parade, and the whole experience was so much fun! I love all Mardi Gras celebrations, but riding in a parade is special. The best way to ensure you have a great experience is to grab a few friends and take over a float! While riding from the Pre-Party to Veterans Boulevard, I met a family who took over the whole float! As the parade rolls, you will start to get the hang of standing in a moving Float and throwing trinkets into the crowd.
During Mardi Gras Day, we did go live at the very beginning of the parade and a second time during the parade while we were rolling. Unfortunately, only one of the live streams was posted due to connection issues, but if you would like to experience riding in a parade with me, check out this live stream on Instagram!
There are plenty of things to do during Mardi Gras in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish. Springtime is my favorite time to explore Louisiana, so check out my whole list of things to do in Jefferson Parish this Spring.
Who knows, you may catch me riding in Argus again next year!