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Local Experts: New Orleans, Hadi Ktiri

By Local Expert Hadi Ktiri

Best Spots to Watch Mardi Gras Parades in New Orleans

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Lee Circle

Lee Circle

Most parades tend to pass by the only traffic circle in New Orleans.  The large area around Lee Circle is perfect for getting a great spot to catch some great beads.  I like to stand in front of Bellocq, a cocktail bar that slings some of the best drinks in the city.  A luxury afforded to you by getting drinks from them is that if you’re relatively sober, and nice, they will probably let you use their restroom which is something that no local takes for granted.

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Polymnia & St. Charles

Polymnia & St. Charles

This intersection is prime real estate along the routes of most of the big parades.  This area tends to be one of the more lively spots so make sure to expect a rowdy bunch.  On the corner is the famous local beer bar, Avenue Pub.  Like before, if you buy drinks from them during the parade and tip well they will let you use the facilities.  

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Napoleon and St. Charles

Napoleon and St. Charles

Superior Seafood is a fantastic restaurant that holds up this corner of the New Orleans parade circuit.  Look up exactly when the parade plans to roll and then arrive early to get lunch at Superior Seafood.  I always try to time it so that I am paying my bill just as the first floats start to drive by.

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Lafayette Square at St. Charles

Lafayette Square at St. Charles

There aren’t too many grandstands set for Mardi Gras but this spot is where to find the highest density of them.  Most of the stand owners will charge a small fee for enjoying the parades from higher up, but it is a price well worth paying if standing for hours fighting the crowds for beads isn’t your thing.

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Tchoupitoulas and Gravier for Muses

Tchoupitoulas and Gravier for Muses

Situated right in front of the Windsor Court Hotel is one of the best places to catch the Muses parade.  The hotel usually places a drink stand right on their front steps for easy access so that you can stay well-stocked with cocktails while you pine for some of the most coveted throws of Mardi Gras, the Muses Shoe.


Visit the Best Spots to Watch Mardi Gras Parades in New Orleans

Tchoupitoulas and Gravier for Muses
300 Gravier St (21st Floor), New Orleans, LA 70130, United States
8.4/10

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Lafayette Square at St. Charles
500 Saint Charles Ave (btwn N. Maestri & S. Maestri St.), New Orleans, LA 70130, United States
9.2/10

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Park
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Napoleon and St. Charles
4338 Saint Charles Ave (at Napoleon Ave.), New Orleans, LA 70115, United States
8.7/10

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Seafood Restaurant
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Polymnia & St. Charles
1732 Saint Charles Ave (at Polymnia St), New Orleans, LA 70130, United States
9.2/10

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Pub
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Lee Circle
St. Charles Avenue (Howard Avenue), New Orleans, LA 70130, United States
6.3/10

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