February 19 2019 | New Orleans

Arthur HardyArthur Hardy is one of those people who knows everything about Mardi Gras – but what do you know about Arthur Hardy? Has he ever marched in a parade? What does he think is the most common misperception about Carnival? Most importantly, what does he like to eat on the parade route? We hope you'll enjoy this fun interview with "The Mardi Gras Man."

Q: What are some of your favorite memories of Mardi Gras?
A: As a child, marching in my junior high school band in the French Quarter in 1959 before parades were banned there in 1973. As a grown up, being on the Today Show to explain it all.

Q: Have you ever ridden in a parade? Tell us about it.
A: For the past three years, I have ridden in Rex and the experience is spectacular.

Q: Why do you think people come from all around the world to experience Carnival in New Orleans?
A: Nothing else on the planet compares in quality and quantity of the celebration. And it is free to attend.

Q: What do you think is the most common misperception about Mardi Gras in New Orleans?
A: That it is an adult event.

Q: How many parades do you personally attend every year?
A: Probably 20 or so.

Q: What do you like to eat on the parade route?
A: Hot dogs with chili, Zapps and Coors Light.

Q: Why do you think people love your guide?  
A: Hopefully because it is accurate, comprehensive and balanced.

Q: What are you most looking forward to in Mardi Gras 2019?
A: The parades and the people. This never gets old!


"MardiGrasNewOrleans.com is a terrific site with accurate information
and opportunities to experience the celebration first hand.”
Mardi Gras historian Arthur Hardy

Learn more about Mardi Gras at mardigrasneworleans.com.