Seasoned Mardi Gras revelers have come to rely on smartphone apps for convenient mapping and tracking of parades, plus the latest news and info about themes, celebrity riders and throw offerings, as well as delays and changes in scheduling (usually due to inclement weather). Online route maps are available at MardiGras.com. (For a printable schedule, click here.) The City of New Orleans’s NOLA Ready Twitter account provides updates on parade schedule changes. (Receive updates from #NOLAready by texting MARDIGRAS to 888777). Watch live streams of New Orleans parades via the New Orleans Advocate’s Krewe Cam sponsored by Gardner Realtors. Missed a live stream? Visit the Advocate’s YouTube channel for replays. The Advocate also posts bulletins with float illustrations and titles for select parades.
A game changer when it was first introduced for iOS in 2011, this parade tracker app has added features and content including slide shows, Mardi Gras news and live video. It shows the real-time location of the front of the parade. Check schedules and view route maps, get vital weather info (low temperature and chance of rain percentage) and notifications. Brought to you by WDSUTV, it can be downloaded for free from Google Play or Apple’s App Store.
This app provides real-time GPS tracking of Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans, Metairie, Covington, Thibodaux and Houma. Scroll the complete schedule day by day, and swipe to access customized Google maps showing routes. When a parade is rolling, you can see the exact location. The Mardi Gras Parade Tracker is affiliated with WWLTV and provides access to news and other content from the New Orleans CBS affiliate from within the app. Download it for free from Google Play or Apple’s App Store.