The Krewe of Pontchartrain Experience
The Krewe of Pontchartrain Mardi Gras experience is much more than just our terrific parade. The fun starts the Thursday before Mardi Gras season officially begins, and our activities continue through that Sunday. From the black-tie celebration of the Coronation Ball ... to the celebration luncheon at world-renowned Galatoire's restaurant ... to the Second Line parade down Bourbon Street ... to the Balcony Party at Local 718 and Tropical Isle on Bourbon Street ... we've got the Pontchartrain experience covered.
Krewe of Pontchartrain’s 48th Annual Coronation Ball
Chateau Golf & Country Club • 3600 Chateau Blvd. • Kenner, LA 70065
Thursday, February 9th, 2023 • 6:30 p.m. – 12:00 Midnight
Come celebrate the kick-off of the Krewe of Pontchartrain Mardi Gras experience at the 48th annual Coronation Ball. The evening begins with our tableau, where we present King and Queen Pontchartrain along with their court. Then, after a delicious buffet dinner, we dance the night away to the band.
Celebration Luncheon at Galatoire's
Galatoire’s Restaurant • 209 Bourbon Street • Friday, February 10th, 2023, 11 a.m.
Continue the festivities with lunch at one of New Orleans’ most famous restaurants.
Tickets must be purchased separately to this event once they become available. Krewe members will be able to purchase tickets from their member account page.
Balcony Beads Party at Local 718 and Tropical Isle
Local 718 • 718 Bourbon Street
Tropical Isle • 610 Bourbon Street
Friday, February 10th, 2023 • 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
The party really gets started at these New Orleans landmarks. Hang out on balconies overlooking Bourbon Street throwing beads to the appreciative crowd.
This event is not included in the price of your membership - but you're going to want to buy some beads to throw from the balcony; purchase them here!
(Note: if you're looking to buy beads to throw from your float during the parade, you'll be able to purchase those from your membership page when they become available..)
Pre-Parade Breakfast the Morning of the Parade at Tipitina’s Uptown
Corner of Tchoupitoulas and Napoleon
Saturday, February 11th, 2023 • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Let’s get ready to roll! We meet at world-famous Tipitina’s for breakfast, to put on our costumes, and to load and board the floats!
This event is included in the price of your membership.
The 48th Annual Krewe of Pontchartrain Parade
Mardi Gras' Best Parade Route • Saturday, February 11th, 2023 • 1:00 p.m.
You're now in your costume on your float, rolling down Napoleon Avenue. The crowd is in a frenzy, screaming "Throw me something, Mister" and doing their best to convince you to throw them beads. You try to throw to everyone, but there are just too many people. You make the turn on to St. Charles Avenue. The band is playing, and the crowd is dancing to the music. You're throwing as fast as you can to the eager throngs of parade-goers, from kids on ladders to great-grandparents, all with arms raised and with one goal - to catch the beads you're throwing. You roll down St. Charles Avenue, through the Central Business District, and turn on to world-famous Canal Street, in the heart of the city, for an exciting finish to a fantastic ride.
at The Howlin' Wolf
The Howlin' Wolf • 907 St. Peter St. • Saturday, February 11th, 2023
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Immediately following the Parade)
After the ride, enjoy great food and an open bar while jammin’ to the sounds to our DJ. This is a great way to wind down after a thrilling ride down St. Charles Avenue and Canal Street.
Tickets to this event are included in the price of your membership—but if you want extras for your non-member friends, you'll be able to buy them later this year.