Purple Way

The Purple Way is a suggested way for folks to safely and conveniently walk, bike & roll to and from Uptown parades and the French Quarter this Carnival Season!

These suggested routes were created to increase bicycle usage.
Users of these suggested routes should be aware that potential hazards and obstructions may exist on the suggested routes shown and this map does not guarantee safe cycling conditions or reflect road conditions including pavement conditions, traffic volume, or speed. 
Bike Easy disclaims any responsibility for errors, omissions or inaccuracies in this map and in no event shall this party be liable for any damage or loss of any kind related to the data and information contained on this map.

We want to hear about your experience getting around Mardi Gras! Please take a few minutes to fill out our biking during Mardi Gras survey.  

Additional Resources

Bike Easy's Mardi Gras Safe Riding Tips

Carnival is a great time to get around by bike!  However, it is also a time where a lot more people come to town which leads to more variables and things that may go wrong, so planning ahead is key.  Also keep these safety tips in mind as you enjoy Mardi Gras on bike:

  • Look for Hazards
  • Be Prepared
  • Lock up strategically and be courteous
  • Don’t bike through crowds
  • Bike Safely

Read more in this handy guide! 

Blue Bikes Nola

Blue Bikes is New Orleans’ own Community-Run Bikeshare program.  Blue Bikes is an affordable, convenient, fun and flexible way for New Orleanians to maneuver across the city for Mardi Gras parades, parties, and king cake pickup… Wherever Carnival take you!

For more information, visit BlueBikesNola.com

NOLA Ready & RouteWise

Visit the NOLA Ready Mardi Gras 2024 site for the most up to date Carnival details from the City of New Orleans:

This handy map put together by the City of New Orleans includes:

  • Parade Routes – including dates and times
  • Location of Public Toilets
  • Locations of First Aid Stations
  • Locations of Lost Child Stations
  • Locations of Recycling Hubs

Safe Crossings

Have you ever been stuck in “the Box” and not sure where it is safe for you to cross?  Look no further!  

Whether you are walking, biking, or an emergency vehicle trying to cross parade routes*  your safe crossings for Mardi Gras 2024 are:

  • Poydras St & St Charles Ave – Uptown Parades
  • Galvez St & Canal St – Endymion
*As long as it is safe to do – before and immediately after parades.  Always follow the instructions of emergency personnel on the route.

Regional Transit Authority

Check the ’24 Mardi Gras Guide to check transit detours for the different parades.  Either way, make sure you allow extra time on parade days when planning your trips.

Are we missing anything?  If you have any thoughts or comments about the Purple Way campaign, please contact Allene La Spina – allene@bikeeasy.org

Huge Thank you to all the Partners that helped with this campaign!

And to our Supporters!

  • Clark Thompson
  • Krewe de Fleurs
  • Krewe du Fu
  • New Orleans Complete Streets Coalition
  • RIDE New Orleans
  • Sistahs on Wheels