Arthur Hardy's Mardi Gras Guide contains 172 colorful pages of facts, photos, features, and fun, including more than 50 individual parade profiles and maps. The award-winning magazine includes a history of the event; answers to the 25 most frequently asked questions; an illustrated glossary of Mardi Gras terms; and articles on New Orleans personalities, traditions and happenings. For more than three decades, the city's top writers and photographers have worked together to create a publication that has achieved genuine collectible status. With more than two million copies sold, Arthur Hardy's Mardi Gras Guide is recognized as the program to the event.

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Posted: January 06, 2015

Finally, the Carnival season officially begins today as it always does, on January 6-Twelfth Night. The Mayor and representatives of all Orleans Parish parading krewes kick things off at 10AM at Mardi Gras World with a king cake party. Then tonight the St. Joan of Arc parade strolls through the French Quarter at 6PM, and the PPP (Phunny Phorty Phellows) board a St. Charles streetcar at 7PM to herald the start of the season. And this will be a short season, with Fat Tuesday only six weeks from today.

Posted: December 28, 2014

Forget New Year's celebrations-the parades are coming!

Distribution of the 39th annual Mardi Gras Guide has begun and by Twelfth Night, some 40,000 copies will be in circulation. A digital edition can also be ordered from the site. The fifth revised (2014) edition of our coffee table book, Mardi Gras In New Orleans, An Illustrated History is in book stores and may be ordered here (free shipping).

Today we post the 2015 parade calendar, individual parade profiles and maps, and a Advertisers' Directory that links to participants in the 2015 Mardi Gras Guide.

Book Signings
Posted: December 19, 2014

I will be signing my new book MARDI GRAS IN NEW ORLEANS, AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY, today Friday, December 19 from 4:00-6:00 PM at Winn Dixie, 4627 WestBank Expressway in Marrero and on Saturday, December 20 from 11 AM-1 PM at Winn Dixie, 5400 Tchoupitoulas in New Orleans.

2015 Mardi Gras Guide
Posted: December 12, 2014

The 2015 Mardi Gras Guide went to press at 10 AM Friday, December 12.

Distribution of the magazine begins shortly after Christmas, when a digital version of the 39th annual edition will also be released for the same $4.99 price.

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Book Signing
Posted: November 06, 2014

The fifth revised (2014) edition of my coffee table book, Mardi Gras in New Orleans, An Illustrated History, has arrived from the printer and is available with free shipping from my site,

I will be doing several book signings, starting this Saturday from 1-3 PM at Winn Dixie, 3008 Holiday Drive in Algiers.

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