The Future of Mardi Gras

The Urban Conservancy and a broad coalition of over 40 stakeholders including Krewe members, throw vendors, city staff, and nonprofits invite you to participate in “The Future of Mardi Gras” on October 18th.  

This community conversation acknowledges that everyone brings their own mix of tradition and innovation to their Mardi Gras experience, and everyone has their own vision of how they want to celebrate in years to come. It also recognizes that the spirit of carnival season is all about letting the good times roll, but in ways that respect our people, our places, and our traditions. 

This event is an opportunity for “parade goers and parade throwers” to come together to share and learn about each others’ ideal Mardi Gras and work together on creative, tangible actions we can take to ensure this world class event continues to deserve the title “The Greatest Free Show on Earth.”

The Future of Mardi Gras

Where: Carver Theater, 2101 Orleans Ave.

When: Thursday, October 18, 2018

Schedule of Events

5:30 – 6:00 PM Doors open; Networking

6:00 – 7:15 PM  Panel discussion 

7:15 – 9:00 PM Interactive roundtables; Mardi Gras services/products expo 

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For more information, email or call 504-717-6187.


More Details

Moderated Panel: A discussion on tradition and innovation in Mardi Gras; What is your ideal Mardi Gras? Hosted by Errol Laborde with Judy Boudreaux (Threaux, Inc.); Antoinette De Alteriis (St. Joan of Arc Society and the Costume Designers Guild); and John Magill (noted author and Mardi Gras historian).

Round Tables: Visit one or a few tables hosted by topic area experts to share ideas and take action

Expo: Learn about the latest in Mardi Gras-related goods and services, including “Mardi Gras throws worth catching”