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.

Mardi Gras 2018 is February 13, 2018!


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Posted: March 04, 2017


Hardy Media Watch
Posted: February 21, 2017

WWL Radio
Live Wednesday with Garland noon-1PM
Parade previews 6:30 AM, 8:30 AM, Noon, 5:300 PM

Fox 8
Live Wednesday 815 AM, 400 PM, 500 PM newscasts
Live Thursday 400 PM, 500 PM newscasts
Live Friday Noon, 400 PM, 500 PM newscasts

During 9 PM Newscast Wednesday-feature on NOMTOC
During 9 PM Newscast Thursday-feature on Mid-City
During 9 PM Newscast Friday-feature on Iris

New Orleans Advocate
Daily parade previews plus features
Feb 22 Lydia and the Grand Duke-1872
Feb 23 Satire in parades dates to 1873
Feb 24 Modern Mardi Gras born160 years ago

Posted: February 16, 2017

Ready to roll! With the official parade season starting Friday, you will find me on radio, TV, in the newspaper and at the parades!


My parade preview reports start Friday and air daily at 6:30 AM, 8:30 AM, noon and 5:30 PM


My annual Carnival season preview appears Thursday in Beaucoup. Each parade day my parade previews will run, as will my Carnival features. This weekend’s subjects are Twelfth Night, Metairie Cemetery and King Cakes. For those interested in my columns from 2014-2016, all 30 of them are archived at The Advocate Website. Click here To view.

Fox 8 News

Thursday during the 9PM news, catch my feature on Blaine Kern.

Friday I’m on live at 8:15AM and during the 4PM and 5PM newscasts.

During Friday’s 9PM newscast, check out my feature on doubloon collector and Mardi Gras crazy man - Iggy Christiana

Posted: February 07, 2017

Some 6,000 people who attended Endymion's Coronation Ball Saturday night at the Morial Convention Center saw five-year Endy member Dr. Parker A. Velargo selected by lottery as King Endymion LI.

The Krewe of Barkus has announced its 2017 theme, Pirates of the Crescent City: Barkus Tells Tales of Jean Lafleabag. The doggie parade is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

The Krewe of Tucks will honor its co-captain and co-founder Bobby Reichert, who passed away in January. His float will be riderless and the message displayed will be "still leading Tucks from above."

New Orleans icon Bunny Matthews will reign as King of Krewe du Vieux.

"Iris and the Goddesses of Carnival," an exhibit celebrating 100 years of Iris, as well as other female krewes, opens this Friday at the Louisiana State Museum at the Presbytere on Jackson Square.

According to parish ordinances the official parade calendar does not open until February 17, but that doesn’t mean we won't have parades this weekend, including five in Slidell and two very provocative ones in New Orleans.

On Saturday in Slidell, the Bilge boat parade sails at noon in Eden Isles.
Meanwhile traveling the standard Slidell parade route at 1 PM, it's the second annual Poseidon parade, which made a smashing debut last year. That evening the Krewe of Mona Lisa and Moon Pie walking club strolls through Olde Town at 7 PM.

Saturday night in the Marigny and the French Quarter, a double-header of adult-themes parades roll. Krewe duVieux takes to the street at 6:30, followed by Krewe delusion.

On Sunday, the Little Rascals parade in Metairie at noon. In Slidell starting at 1:00 PM the Krewe of Slidellians and Perseus parade back-to-back.

Posted: January 27, 2017

I will be signing Mardi Gras Guides this weekend at

10 AM-Noon 3030 Pontchartrain Drive Slidell
1 PM-3 PM 401 North Carrollton New Orleans

10AM-Noon 5400 Tchoupitoulas New Orleans
1 PM- 3 PM 1329 Veterans Metairie


Laissez les bons temps rouler! Jefferson Parish Councilwoman Jennifer Van Vrancken, Parish President Michael S. Yenni, and Jefferson Parish Officials are thrilled to begin the 2017 Carnival Season with a Carnival Kickoff Celebration.

The event will take place this Friday, January 27, 2017, at Mardi Gras Plaza, located on the neutral ground of Veterans Boulevard at the corner of Severn Avenue in Metairie. The celebration kicks off at 6:00 p.m., and admission is free and open to the public.

Arthur Hardy, creator of The Mardi Gras Guide, will serve as Master of Ceremonies and introduce Metairie Mardi Gras royalty and captains, followed by a royal toast. We encourage you to bring chairs and blankets to enjoy a full evening of festivities, live music, and family fun.

Musical entertainment will be provided by local rock band REMEDY. Daiquiri, beer, and food truck vendors will be onsite, so we ask attendees not to bring outside food or beverages. There will be activities for the whole family, including free caricatures and balloon sculptures by Porta-Puppet Players and a meet-and-greet with mascots Boudreaux and Clotile of the New Orleans Baby Cakes!

This event is sponsored by Councilwoman Jennifer Van Vrancken, Jefferson Parish, Jefferson Financial Credit Union, and Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc.

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