Mardi Gras is a pre-Lenten festival that includes parades, colorful masks, costumes and plenty of partying. The Mardi Gras action happens in New Orleans on Bourbon Street and in the French Quarter. With bustling crowds of people excited for the celebration, the streets quickly become crowded. To avoid being stuck in traffic, you might choose to rent a private home near Marigny in New Orleans. You’re just a walk away from the bars, parades and revelry. The best places to stay for Mardi Gras are those closest to the celebration, including the French Quarter, Bywater District, Garden District and the Business District.

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Fauborg Marigny

A former plantation, the Marigny District is artsy and eclectic with restored homes in bright colors and plenty of private house rentals in New Orleans. Bordered on one side by the Mississippi River and running east of the French Quarter, Marigny offers a quiet, relaxed vibe. It’s a short walk to Bourbon street for Mardi Gras events, but you can also sit on the front porch of your rental and watch as the Society of St. Anne’s parade walks by. This parade is popular because it acts as a memorial for friends and family who passed away the previous year.

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Bywater District

Southeast of the French Quarter, the Bywater District is a trendy neighborhood full of restaurants, funky shops and lounges. If you can’t find a private home near Marigny to rent during Mardi Gras, consider the Bywater District. It’s just a one mile walk to the French Quarter, and the people-watching that takes place during Mardi Gras will have you feeling like you got to the French Quarter in no time. The Society of St. Anne’s Parade originates in Bywater and makes its way through Marigny as it heads toward the French Quarter.

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French Quarter

The French Quarter is the oldest area of New Orleans and the location of Bourbon Street and major Mardi Gras events. Considered one of the best places to stay during Mardi Gras, the private apartment, condo and house rentals go fast in the French Quarter. Plan to book way in advance, especially if you want one of the coveted balcony apartments. Bourbon Street is famous for the adult-oriented Krewe du Vieux parade, the Chewbacchus parade and the Mystic Krewe of Barkus.

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Garden District

The Garden District offers the type of residential architecture you probably think of when you picture New Orleans. Tree-lined streets and stately mansions offer a serene experience during the revelry of Mardi Gras. Rentals in this area require a bit of a walk to the French Quarter, but the scenery of old New Orleans in the Garden District makes it a pleasurable experience. You can even stop along the way for a po’ boy or some shopping on Magazine Street.

Frenchmen Street

Located in the Marigny neighborhood, Frenchmen Street is the place to stay to be close to the action of Mardi Gras and next to some of New Orleans’ best nightclubs, shopping and dining. Just outside of the French Quarter, Frenchmen Street is close to the center of everything. With plenty of private house rentals, bed and breakfasts, guest houses and hotels, finding a place to unwind after a busy day and night of celebrating is easy.