Mardi Gras is right around the corner! Party-goers from near and far will celebrate in New Orleans during several weeks of festivities, with the largest events kicking off on February 14 and continuing through February 25.
The final days of Mardi Gras — Wednesday, February 19 through Tuesday, February 25 — are expected to be the busiest days for ride requests. Check out our tips to help you navigate the celebrations with ease!
You can get the details on all the top parades by clicking into each date below. View the full schedule and parade routes here.
Navigating Parade Routes
When leaving the parades, road closures may make it difficult for riders and drivers to connect. For a better pickup experience, riders should walk away from the parade route to a safe area where traffic is moving to request a ride.
When parades are running along St. Charles Avenue, Uber recommends walking north to Baronne Street or south to Prytania Street before requesting a ride. When requesting a ride in the French Quarter, be mindful of city-wide road closures that may impact drivers’ ability to navigate around the area.
During parade times, cars will only be able to enter and exit the area on Tchoupitoulas Street.
Blue Bikes will now be available in the Uber app – and you can use them to navigate the crowds and parades downtown. These new electric pedal-assist bikes provide a boost (up to 20 mph) every time you pedal.
Refer to our safety page for general instructions on using Blue Bikes. Here are some tips to help make the best of your Blue Bikes experience:
- Lock your bike at a bike rack and re-insert the lock fully to end your ride. Do not block sidewalks or lock to historic buildings, balcony posts, or fences.
- Be cautious when riding in large crowds.
- As per our Community Guidelines, never ride while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or any other substance that impairs your ability to safely operate a bike or scooter. You can request an Uber trip, walk, or take transit if you need.
- Take the time to map a route to the parade to avoid conflicts while riding.
Uber Eats is in full swing for Mardi Gras. Here are some tips to help make the best of your Uber Eats experience:
- Watch out for parades routes — there will likely be many road closures that can add time to deliveries.
- Peak ordering times are usually during lunch and dinner hours.
Airport Pickups at MSY
How it works for riders
As part of our ongoing effort to enhance the traveler journey, we’ve partnered with Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) on the launch of a pilot program designed to shorten rider wait times at pickup and further reduce traffic congestion.
For non-Uber X requests, request when you have your bags and are ready to go. You will meet your driver on the middle curb outside of Baggage Claim at Zone 3. Verify vehicle and driver details before you get into the vehicle.
Know your resources
From the safety toolkit in your app, you can learn more about safety at Uber in one central location and even get emergency assistance by calling 911 with the push of a button.
We’re Here to Help
Visit our Greenlight Hub, located at 2520 Bayou Rd, New Orleans, LA 70119, ahead of or during the festivities. Please note that Hub hours will vary from normal business hours from Wednesday, February 19 through Tuesday, February 25.