So far the weather for Mardi Gras Day looks good with just a 30% chance of rain. However if you are like me, by the time the big day rolls around you’re paraded out and just want to do something different. So for those that don’t want to brave the crowds but still want to have some fun, I put together this list of Mardi Gras Day Alternatives full of things you can do in New Orleans on Mardi Gras Day that aren’t a parade sponsored by Rapid Urgent Care.

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Pizza and Games

If you like pizza and games and fun! Chuck E Cheese is open from 11am – 9pm

Movie Time

Between Amazon and Netflix, there is bound to be something everyone wants to watch to make it a great movie day. We suggest Princess and the Frog for today’s movie.

The Grand at the Esplanade and The Palace theaters in Elmwood will also be open!

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Take a Road Trip

Tuesday is just another day in a lot of places. Why not take a day trip to the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola or to the beach for some playing in the sand? Visit one of the national parks that are near New Orleans. Or you can head to the Northshore and see some animals. Global Wildlife on the Northshore is open for the day, weather permitting, as is Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in Gulfport is also open. Pick a location and go explore!

Go Jump

Surge Trampoline Park in Metairie is open from 11am-9pm on  Mardi Gras Day!

Make Your Own Parade

Make some shoebox floats like we all did as kids, you can even make some cute crafts like a shaker bottle, masks, and jester hats. Read some books about Mardi Gras. Watch the parades on TV while eating DIY Mini King Cakes and exploring our Mardi Gras Parade Activity Pack!

Laser Tag

Both Laser Tag of Metairie and Adventure Quest in Elmwood will open at 11am for play time.

Take A Hike Or Play At The Park

If the weather cooperates and you still want to get away from the parades, both City Park and Lafreniere Park will have their playgrounds open. Morning Call in City Park will also be open. Both are great places for a picnic, a hike and some play time. Fontainebleau and Tickfaw State Parks on the Northshore will also be open for the day.

Go Play

Bows and Buttons Indoor Playground in Laplace will be open from 9am-7pm.

Go Bowling

AMF Lanes in Kenner will be open from 11am – 1am and will be having a Mardi Gras Special for $10.88 per person (includes shoes) from 9pm-1am.

Go Shopping

The outlet malls in Gonzales are open on Mardi Gras Day! Take a day trip, check out the deals and then have Cracker Bareel for lunch before heading home.

If you are parading on Mardi Gras Day, check out these easy DIY costume ideas! Whatever you decide to do, be it parading or checking out one of these Mardi Gras Day Alternatives, have fun and laissez les bons temps rouler!


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