Mardi Gras gets underway this weekend with the Krewe du Vieux parade on Saturday night. At 6 p.m., crowds will see firsthand the popular krewe and its wild costumes. Krewe du Vieux is one of our favorites during the Mardi Gras season – in part because their parade route is so close to our hotel! Simply step outside of our Decatur Street entrance and watch Krewe du Vieux roll right past. Check out the parade route in the map below (our hotel is marked by the red star):


Krewe du Vieux parade route at Bienville House

The red star indicates our hotel, near the cross-section of Decatur and Conti streets. Krewe du Vieux will roll right past!


Although the krewe is changing its route this year, one thing will stay the same: biting satire. Krewe du Vieux’s theme is, appropriately, “Begs for Change,” no doubt a nod to its inaugural cross over Canal Street.

Although the parade starts at 6:00 p.m., it’s hard to know exactly when Krewe du Vieux will roll past. As you wait, enjoy a drink in Latitude 29 or view our Mardi Gras decor throughout the hotel. There’s also another parade following Krewe du Vieux: Krewe Delusion rolls at 7:15 p.m. This krewe also uses satire to its advantage and will be led by burlesque star Trixie Minx.

Both parades culminate in balls for each krewe. Krewe du Vieux will hold a Krewe du Vieux Doo ball at Canal Theatre in the warehouse district; tickets are $40 and available at Up in Smoke and La Music Factory. Krewe Delusion’s ball, The Bedlam Ball, is open to the public for a cost of $10. The ball will take place on the corner of St. Ferdinand Street and Architect Alley in the Marigny.

Book now at Bienville House for unbeatable proximity to French Quarter parades during Mardi Gras. We’ve also got next year’s dates lined up!