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 (February 20th, 2025), and our activities continue through that Saturday (February 22nd, 2025).

From the black-tie celebration of the Coronation Ball ... to the celebration luncheon by world-renowned Galatoire's restaurant ... to the Second Line parade down Bourbon Street ... to the Balcony Party at Cat's Meow and Bourbon Heat on Bourbon Street ... we've got the Pontchartrain experience covered.

Krewe of Pontchartrain's Annual Coronation Ball

Chateau Golf & Country Club3600 Chateau Blvd.
February 20th, 2025 • 6:30 p.m. – 12:00 Midnight

Come celebrate the kick-off of the Krewe of Pontchartrain Mardi Gras experience at the 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. Krewe members can purchase tickets from their member page.


Galatoire's Celebration Luncheon at Galerie de Galatoire

Galerie de Galatoire. 211 Royal Street • February 21st, 2025 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 can purchase tickets from their member page.

Balcony Beads Party at Cat's Meow and Bourbon Heat

Cat's Meow • 701 Bourbon St.
Bourbon Heat • 711 Bourbon St.
February 21st, 2025 • 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. Ages 12 and up.

Krewe members will have the option of purchasing tickets to this event—as well as beads to throw from the balcony—from their member page.


Pre-Parade Breakfast the Morning of the Parade at Tipitina's Uptown

Corner of Tchoupitoulas and Napoleon
February 22nd, 2025 • 8:30 a.m - 11:00 a.m

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 Annual Krewe of Pontchartrain Parade

Mardi Gras' Best Parade Route • February 22nd, 2025 • 11:30 a.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.


After-Parade Party

The Howlin' Wolf  • February 22nd, 2025
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Immediately following the Parade)

After the ride, enjoy the bar and great food 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 from your member page.

Day at the Races

New Orleans Fairgrounds • Black Gold Room  • January 4th, 2025 TBA
The event starts at 12:00 pm. Races begin at 12:30 pm. Lunch will be served at 12:30 pm.

Come join your Court and fellow Krewe members and enjoy a fun day of horse racing and camaraderie as we prepare for the upcoming Mardi Gras season. A Krewe member favorite! Ages 12 and up.

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