After the success of the Super Bowl XLVI, New Orleans is now gearing up to host yet another great carnival season. The brief Mardi Gras pause has not deterred the city from getting amped up for parades, balls, costumes and carnival fun. Up to a million people visit the city to partake in Carnival parties and parades. These visitors come from near and far and boost the city’s tax revenues by purchasing beads, food and drink, and hotel rooms. Last year, New Orleans’ 38,000 hotel rooms were 97% booked during Mardi Gras, providing an important boost to the tourism and hotel industries.
The most exciting and revered Mardi Gras tradition is the more than 100 parades rolling through the streets of New Orleans and surrounding suburbs. Each year, Krewes spend up to $2,000 — $3,000 on membership fees, costumes, balls and throws—providing yet another revenue boost to the local economy. With more than 100,000 people riding on floats, enthusiastic parade goers are sure to catch thousands of beads and highly sought after unique Krewe paraphernalia. The parades add excitement and color to the streets of New Orleans and suburbs.
Last year’s Mardi Gras celebration estimated a $300+ million impact and we expect close to the same numbers this year. With every year, Mardi Gras continues to have a positive impact on our economy. The team at NOLABA wishes everyone a safe and happy Carnival season.