Mardi Gras, Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans

Mardi Gras! Mardi Gras! Real New Orleans Mardi Gras.

When I think about New Orleans, I think of the opening of the 1984 movie Cannonball Run II.  Would you like to know why?  Mardi Gras!  Mardi Gras!  I say Mardi Gras the same way:  Mardi Gras.  Mardi GRAS!  A lot of people do, they say it in a whisper, too.  Mardi Gras Day is the most magical day of the year.  The whole New Orleans calendar revolves around it.  We observe other holidays in New Orelans, you know the kind, New Year’s Eve, Columbus Day, the 4th of July, Thanksgiving.  Nothing holds a candle to Mardi Gras Day.  It’s the day so nice that they had to extend the holiday to a whole season.

Mardi Gras, Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans
Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras! A parade in front of La Belle Esplanade during Mardi Gras.

Mardi Gras season starts on January 6 every year.


At La Belle Esplanade, we host a collection of New Orleans adventurers as richly varied and interesting as the cast of the 1984 movie Cannonball Run II.  It could be you.  When New Orleans calls, you have to answer.

Mardi Gras.

Mardi Gras!

What do you say when you don’t have the words?

Can you feel a song you’ve never heard?

Can you know what you’ll do if you haven’t done it yet?

What can you do when you’ve got nothing left?

Mardi Gras.

Mardi GRAS!

It’s not what you do it’s how you do it.

Be anything you want to be.

It’s not what you’ve got, it’s how you use it.

You be you and I’ll be me.

It’s a matter of style.

Mardi Gras.

Mardi Gras!


When you are in New Orleans, you never know what you’ll find when you turn a corner.  If you are bored in New Orleans, you have a hole in your imagination.  Let two New Orleans goodwill ambassadors be your guides to make personalized recommendations about what is going on in our city while you are here.

Mardi Gras (M-m-m-m-Mardi Gras!) is more than you think.  New Orleans is more than you think, too, no matter what time of year you are here.  Good memories are made in New Orleans every day.  The best New Orleans memories start at La Belle Esplanade, a five-suite craft hotel on a beautiful and historic street that has been ranked the #1 place to stay in New Orleans on TripAdvisor since April 2014.

Being in New Orleans is like being in a movie, during Mardi Gras season or anytime of year.  There is always something going on in New Orleans that are off the usual tourist radar and that isn’t in any guidebook.  Let two New Orleans be your guides.  This is your vacation.  Our vocation is to provide personalized recommendations about what to do in New Orleans based on what interests you.  What do you want to know?

If you are like most people, you want to know what it means to fall in love with the real New Orleans.  Our small hotel is here to help.  Make La Belle Esplanade the headquarters for your New Orleans adventures.  We only have five suites so we tend to fill up early.  Plan ahead and make a reservation today.  Be a New Orleanian when you are in New Orleans.  You belong here.

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