Exposed: Mardi Gras

While Mardi Gras is famous for beads and booze, locals experience the real fun just around the corner. Get a surprising insiders' view of the real Mardi Gras experience.

From This Episode

Bourbon Street
Bourbon Street

Bourbon Street

Spectators attempt to catch beads from a Bourbon Street balcony during the parades. 960 1280

  

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras

For New Orleans locals, Mardi Gras is considered an event for the whole family. 960 1280

  

Beads at Mardi Gras

Beads at Mardi Gras

The crowd goes wild for the "specialty beads" thrown from this colorful float. 960 1280

  

Mardi Gras Costumes

Mardi Gras Costumes

Some people spend days putting together the perfect costume. 960 1280

  

Mardi Grad Parade

Mardi Grad Parade

Large parade floats are towed through the streets of New Orleans behind farm tractors. 960 1280

  

Ribbon dancer at Mardi Gras

Ribbon dancer at Mardi Gras

A ribbon dancer and street musicians perform during Mardi Gras. 960 1280

  

Beads in the trees

Beads in the trees

Cheap beads known as "throws" cover nearly every inch of this tree. 960 1280

  

Bourbon Street

Bourbon Street

A reveler does the "funky chicken" in the middle of Bourbon Street. 960 1280

  

Bourbon Street

Bourbon Street

Many watch the parades from balconies on Bourbon Street. 960 1280

  

Partygoer at Mardi Gras

Partygoer at Mardi Gras

A partygoer channels his inner animal with a wacky blue goat costume. 960 1280

  

Mardi Grad Parade

Mardi Grad Parade

The Gnome King and Queen are kind enough to pose for a picture. 960 1280

  

More from Travel Channel

New Orleans Neighborhoods

The French Quarter is only one of New Orleans' colorful neighborhoods.
View Full TV Schedule

On TV

Mysteries at the Monument

Escape From Slavery, A Witch On Hatteras Island, The Horn That Made A Big Bang

7am | 6c

Mysteries at the Monument

The House That Sugar Built, Kill Dozer, Rocking Chair Riots

8am | 7c

Mysteries at the Castle

Good King Wenceslas, Prison Painter, Butler's Secret

11am | 10c

Food Paradise

Food Paradise: Manliest Restaurants

3pm | 2c

Mysteries at the Castle

The Brothers Grimm, Savior of Fort Jefferson, Missing Head of State

8pm | 7c

Mysteries at the Museum

Alligators in the Sewer, Unstoppable Car, Founding Forensics

9pm | 8c

Mysteries at the Museum

Great Kipton Train Wreck, First Inoculation, The Education of Ruby Bridges

10pm | 9c

Mysteries at the Museum

Alligators in the Sewer, Unstoppable Car, Founding Forensics

12am | 11c

Mysteries at the Museum

Great Kipton Train Wreck, First Inoculation, The Education of Ruby Bridges

1am | 12c

Mysteries at the Castle

The Brothers Grimm, Savior of Fort Jefferson, Missing Head of State

3am | 2c

The Hot List

Win a $100,000 Trip to the Caribbean.
Join the conversation on Social Media!
Leaf-peeping, road trips, fun getaways and more!
Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss Travel Channel in your favorite social media feeds.