When you find the perfect parade viewing spot for Mardi Gras, you feel like you’ve found the Holy Grail. It’s epic. And scoring a place to stay and play at the same time is even better. The Blake Hotel New Orleans offers balcony and viewing stand opportunities, making The Blake a prime location for catching the uptown parades.
Stay in the heart of New Orleans and right in the middle of the Mardi Gras action. With over 22 uptown parades rolling by, The Blake is the best Mardi Gras spot in New Orleans.
Here’s a rundown of all the parades you can get top-notch spots for as they roll down St. Charles Avenue.
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1.Krewe of Alla — February 18th, immediately following Cleopatra. This is one of the oldest krewes, founded in 1932. They throw decorated genie lamps and will show off 22 floats.
2.Krewe of Pontchartrain — February 19th at 1 pm. They’ve been celebrating since 1976 and will feature 17 floats.
3.Krewe of Choctaw — Choctaw rolls immediately following Pontchartrain on February 19th. It was founded in 1935 and throws hand-decorated tomahawks from 16 floats.
4.Krewe of Freret — This relatively new krewe, established in 2014, features 18 floats, 3 super floats, and hand-decorated masks as its signature throw. It rolls on February 19th, right after Choctaw.
5.Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale — This is another relatively new krewe to the Carnival scene. The all-female group tosses signature bejeweled mirror compacts from 20 floats. It first began in 2013 and rolls at 11 am on February 20th.
6.Krewe of Carrollton — Founded in 1924, this krewe is the 4th oldest and throws decorated shrimp boots. They’ll roll right after Femme Fatale on the 20th, with 27 floats.
7.Krewe of King Arthur — Immediately after Carrollton on the 20th, all hail, Arthur, and its astounding 50+ floats. The signature throw is, what else, hand-decorated grails, from this krewe founded in 1977.
8.Krewe of Nyx — Nyx rolls at 6:45 on February 23rd, throwing signature hand-decorated purses from 44 floats. The krewe began in 2012.
9.Krewe of Muses — Finishing off the festivities on February 24th, Muses follows Chaos, featuring 26 floats and hand-decorated high-heeled shoes. It first started rolling in 2000.
The Weekend Before Mardi Gras At The Blake Hotel
10.Krewe of Hermes — February 25th at 5:30 pm. Founded in 1937, this parade will feature 32 floats.
11.Krewe d’Etat — Established in 1996, this krewe throws signature blinking skull head beads. It rolls on February 25th at 6:30 pm with 24 floats.
12.Krewe of Morpheus — Morpheus rolls on February 25th at 7:00 pm. It was founded in 2000 and features 24 floats.
13.Krewe of Iris — Iris was founded in 1917 and has been parading since 1959. It kicks off at 11 am on February 26th with 35 tandem floats and throwing its signature decorated sunglasses.
14.Krewe of Tucks — February 27th at 12 pm. Founded in 1969 and tossing hand-decorated toilet brushes, this parade features 36 super-sized floats.
15.Krewe of Okeanos — Founded in 1949, the parade rolls on February 27th at 11 am and features 23 floats.
16.Krewe of Mid-City — February 27th at 11:45 am. The krewe was established in 1933 and features 17 floats.
17.Krewe of Thoth — Parading on February 27th at 12 pm, Thoth was founded in 1947. It will feature 39 floats (including 15 tandems).
18.Krewe of Bacchus — One of the most popular parades rolls on February 27th at 5:15 pm. It was founded in 1968 and features 32 floats.
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19.Krewe of Proteus — Proteus was established in 1882, making it the second-oldest krewe. It rolls on February 28th at 5:15 pm, with 20 floats.
20.Krewe of Orpheus — February 28th at 6 pm. Established in 1993 and features 38 floats, including some tandems.
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21.Krewe of Zulu — This famous parade starts off the Mardi Gras festivities at 8 am on March 1st. They were founded in 1994 and toss hand-decorated coconuts.
22.Krewe of Rex — Following Zulu, with a 10 am start on March 1st, Rex was founded in 1872 and features 26 floats.
To maximize your Mardi Gras experience, food and drink are absolute essentials. Located conveniently inside The Blake Hotel’s lobby, Café on the Square serves up delectable New Orleans cuisine and cocktails.
Are you ready to snag the best Mardi Gras spot in New Orleans? Get your tickets today for the 2022 Mardi Gras Balcony and Viewing Stands at The Blake, and book your stay with us. Then, when you’re ready to call it a night, you’re already home.