When is it: February 13, 2024
The Carnival season is a unique celebration of New Orleans culture. The season begins on January 6 (Epiphany) and culminates with Mardi Gras, the last hurrah before Ash Wednesday kicks off the solemn Lenten season. During this time, expect lavish krewe balls, parades, and parties. Costumes are a must on Fat Tuesday, but don't be surprised if you see people wearing them several weeks before, too. The Carnival season is a full-on festival of fun, and it’s appropriate for all ages (depending on how you choose to participate, of course).