UBER Blog: The Big Easy Guide to Celebrating Mardi Gras

Laissez les bons temps rouler with Uber

Lavish, masked balls and streets brimming with kaleidoscopic crowds await you at New Orleans’ 2018 Carnival.

So pin down your parade plans and polish off your costume—Uber is here to ferry you and your krewe to the fun.

Mardi Gras 2018

When is Mardi Gras? Where can I find festivities?
Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

But the fun takes place: 1/27 – 1/28, 2/2 – 2/4, and 2/7 – 2/13.

You’ll find events in the French Quarter here. You can also find more from our partners at the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Getting around for Mardi Gras

Traffic and street closures may increase wait time for your driver to pick you up. Make sure you are waiting in a safe area for your ride. You can also contact your driver to coordinate the best pickup location.

When leaving the parades, road closures may make it difficult to get to your end destination.

For the majority of destinations in New Orleans, we recommend walking outside of the shaded road closure area before requesting.

Pro tips

Confirm your driver

Double check your driver’s car make and model, license plate, and their name and photo in the app before hopping in. Uber rides can only be requested through the app, so never accept solicitations from anyone claiming to be Uber.

Ditch your drinks

Respect your driver and their vehicle—we want Uber to be enjoyable for everyone. Share kindness and respect, and avoid bringing open containers or food with you that can lead to stains and spills. Check out more Uber Community Guidelines.

Share your trip details

Let your krewe know when you’ll arrive by sharing your on-trip details in real time straight from the app.

Check for items before exiting

If you left something behind in the vehicle, you can contact your driver directly by tapping Your Trips in the app menu. Please note, that there is a $15 lost item fee for your driver to return it to you.

For a more perfect pickup

Enable location sharing in the app for a more accurate pickup. You’ll know it’s working if you see a blue icon in the bottom-right of the app.

See the price before you ride

Don’t let the cost of a trip rain on your Mardi Gras parade. With upfront pricing, you can enter in your destination address and see the price before you ride.

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