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CROWNE PLAZA NEW ORLEANS FRENCH QTR - ASTOR

Your Home for Mardi Gras 2024

Colorful row of houses in New Orleans

Parade Schedule


Checklist For Staying With Us During Mardi Gras

Availability and speed of valet parking service over Carnival season are dictated by timing of parade, flow of pedestrian, vehicular traffic, and road closures. Below are recommendations if you are driving to the hotel.

Valet parking is $49 per night for standard vehicles and $59 per night for oversized vehicles. These rates do not include 12.7% city and state tax.

Please remove all necessities and valuables from your vehicle upon arrival. Re-access to your vehicle is restricted before, during and after the parade.

We highly suggest that your vehicle remain parked until check-out day. 

Due to heavy pedestrian traffic, vehicle traffic restrictions and road closures, valet parking service may be suspended intermittently during Carnival season.

During Carnival season, guests will be shuttled to off-site parking garage to retrieve vehicles at check- out. Please give yourself ample time, at least two hours, for your departure.

To ensure a comfortable environment for all our guests and as a crowd control measure, beginning Thursday, February 8, hotel access is limited to only registered guests with wristbands.

  • Wristbands will be issued on arrival during check-in to only registered room guests. Only guests registered to a room will be issued wristbands.

  • A maximum of two wristbands will be issued for a room with one bed. A maximum of four wristbands will be issued for a room with two beds.

  • If a wristband breaks or is damaged, it may be exchanged at the front desk with identification at no additional fee. The damaged wristband must be brought to the front desk and presented to the staff in exchange. 

  • Lost wristbands can be replaced, for $25 per day, for the remainder of your stay.

  • Please use the safe provided in your room to store your valuables.

  • Ice chests and beer kegs are not allowed into the hotel or in guest rooms.

  • The check-in time is 4:00 pm. 

  • The check-out time is 11:00 am.

  • Minimum Age for check in is 21 years of age.

Mobile check-out is available to all IHG Rewards Club guests. IHG Rewards Club guests will receive an email from IHG on the morning of departure. Simply click on “Review Bill and Check-Out” button embedded in the email to review charges and check out of your room.

For all other guests, simply dial “0” to confirm check out and drop your guest room keys in one of the designated key boxes in the lobby.

 Check-out time is at 11:00 am, our bell desk will hold your luggage for you while you continue your exploration of the city. The bell desk is in the lobby by the hotel’s front entrance.

 Valet parking is valid until 2:00 pm on departure day. After 2:00 pm, there is a 20.00 late fee. For security reasons, we ask that you present your claim ticket in person to the valet attendant to retrieve your vehicle. Please give yourself ample time, at least two hours, for your departure.


Participant dressed up in Mardi Gras attire at Thomas Park

Food and Beverage Highlights

The hotel’s restaurant is closed on Mardi Gras, February 13th. Breakfast is served on Mardi Gras morning from 7am in the St. Charles Ballroom on the lobby level at $25 inclusive per person, charged to the room.

Participant in Mardi Gras attire

Getting to the Hotel and Street Restrictions

The road that the hotel is located on, Canel Street, closes at least one hour prior to the parades that roll in front of the hotel. In many cases, this will restrict all traffic for the entire day. Instructions will be sent prior to your arrival.

Mardi gras mask with small signage of buildings in background

Housekeeping

Daily housekeeping service is available until 5:00 pm. We will provide towel exchange, guest room amenities replenishment and trash removal after 5:00 pm upon request. Please call extension “0” for housekeeping services.


FAQs for Mardi Gras

No! Mardi Gras is a holiday, just like Christmas and Easter. It belongs to everyone. Do not believe the claims of businesses that offer "official" Mardi Gras merchandise or an "official" Mardi Gras website. Using the term “official” is just a way for vendors to sell their products or services to those who do not know better. Products or websites are not licensed by the government for Mardi Gras. Each individual parade krewe is responsible for all its merchandise. In some parts of the country, official organizations control their Mardi Gras celebration, but this is not true in New Orleans.

The weather during Mardi Gras can vary from very cold to very warm, almost hot. Sometimes it will change from one extreme to the other during the same day. It’s a good idea to layer your clothes since a chilly morning may turn into a warm afternoon.

Since you will be spending long days outside, pack comfortable shoes and clothes that can get somewhat dirty. Don’t forget to check the forecast for rain. If storms are predicted, then you’ll want to bring a raincoat!

Yes! Contrary to public perception, Mardi Gras is a family celebration. Those of us who grew up in New Orleans feel guilty once our children have grown up and we continue going to every parade because we used to use "taking the children" as our excuse! Bring big bags (even large garbage bags!) to hold all of the stuff they will catch. Throws often include toys, stuffed animals, beads, and more.

The only place you should avoid with kids is the French Quarter (where no full-size parades pass anyway). We recommend seeing the parades when they begin on St. Charles Avenue near Napoleon since parades can last until 11 p.m. near the end of the route. The Garden District portion of St. Charles is a family area where you will see many families staking out their parade watching position, having picnics, playing ball, and having fun under the beautiful oak trees. You don't have to worry about the streetcars, as they stop running in this area during Mardi Gras.

You may also want to consider taking your kids to the parades in suburban areas like Metairie, which is only 10 minutes away from New Orleans. Metairie's Caesar parade, the Saturday before Mardi Gras weekend, is the parade Disneyworld features on Mardi Gras day. Kids love it!

Not unless you are going to be a rider on a float. If you plan to watch the parades during Mardi Gras, you'll catch so much you won't be able to carry it all! 

Even though every parade is unique, Orpheus, Bacchus, and Endymion feature the most intricate, massive, and extravagant floats. 

According to Wikipedia, “While there is no official definition for "super Krewe,” it is generally accepted that a super krewe possesses over 1,000 active dues-paying members and maintains at least 500 riders for its parade each carnival.” Here at MardiGrasNewOrleans.com, we think there’s a little more to it than that.

Along with a large membership, super krewes have huge, double- and triple-decker floats, much sought-after signature throws, and celebrity monarchs. They also are known for their big before and after-parade celebrations with big-name talent (i.e., the Bacchus Bash, the Endymion Extravaganza, and the Orpheuscapade).

The first super krewe was Bacchus, founded in 1968. It was founded in 1967, Endymion emerged as a super krewe in 1974.  Orpheus, founded in 1993, also enjoys super krewe status. Three all-female super krewes also take to the parade route, including the Krewe of Muses. With 1,600+ active riders, the Krewe of Iris, established in 1917, is not only the largest female Mardi Gras krewe, but it is also the oldest.