Tulane Home Tulane Home

Countdown to Carnival

Mardi Gras is a season of traditions that Tulanians and New Orleanians celebrate every year, and a time that our community comes together in formal, fun, and often unexpected ways. In the midst of a global epidemic, it is vital to recognize that this is a very different Mardi Gras and that we need to celebrate it in a very different way that does not include large gatherings. The best approach to avoiding COVID and its various strains continues to be masking, social distancing, testing, contact tracing and isolation/quarantine. Suspension or expulsion have, and will, occur if students do not follow the university’s stated health protocols, and testing and contact tracing requirements. Such disciplinary action is a route that we hope all students will help us avoid. We know this is possible since the vast majority of students continue to follow all safety protocols.

Keep checking back – activities and events will be added daily!


City Park Floats in the Oaks

Take your car or bike to City Park to enjoy the Mardi Gras Floats in the Oaks light show. Tickets, times and more information here.

House Float Walking Tours

Walk Tulane’s beautiful uptown neighborhood to see the incredible designs and decorations from the Krewe of House Floats.

View Map

Mardi Gras for All Y'all

The parades may be cancelled but Mardi Gras roars on. Mardi Gras for All Y'all is a virtual celebration with music, parades, entertainment, cuisine and more broadcast live February 12, 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. Special features include segments with the Tulane Marching Band, New Orleans Book Fest at Tulane University and the Center for the Gulf South.

View Full Lineup

Soundtrack to the Celebration

Listen to the sounds of Mardi Gras continuously from February 10th - February 16th.  

Mardi Gras on WWOZ 90.7

Campus Decorations and Instagram Pics

Mardi Gras decor and installations are popping up around campus. Don't miss these locations that are perfect for that Instagrammable selfie!

  • Commons decorations
  • LBC First Floor
  • Cudd Hall
  • Bead Three
Post Your Pics for Tulane History!

Tulane University Libraries (TUL) is documenting the spirit of Carnival in 2021. Tell us how you're celebrating Mardi Gras this year and send us pictures of your costumes, house floats, and more! We will be sharing stories and photos on social media and invite anyone to participate.

Send us your information