January 1 2023 | New Orleans

The holidays may be over but there’s still plenty of celebrating going on in the Crescent City, starting with the Allstate Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day. Then Carnival season kicks off on January 6th (Twelfth Night) with king cake parties and parades. Here's what else is happening this month:

Allstate Sugar Bowl

- January 1

The Caesars Superdome will be lit up with excitement as No. 5 Alabama Crimson Tide takes on No. 11 Kansas State Wildcats for the 89th Annual Allstate Sugar Bowl. And did we mention there's a parade? 

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Celebration in the Oaks

- through January 1

The city’s biggest holiday light display ends on January 1. Get to City Park before they turn the light switch off on 25-acres of festive fun.

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Saints Game

- January 1

Come down to the French Quarter and watch the boys in the black and gold take on the Philadelphia Eagles from your favorite bar or restaurant.

Where to Watch 'Dem Saints

Pelican Games

- January 4, 6, 18, 24, 25 & 28

The Pels play six games at home in January. Come join the fun.

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3rd Block Depot Burlesque Brunch: Legs and Eggs

- Every Saturday and Sunday in January

How about brunch with a kick? Come enjoy inspired food and drink in the French Quarter while world-famous burlesque dancer Bella Blue performs to live music. View menu. 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

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January Mardi Gras Parades 

- January 6,  7, 22 and 28

January 6th is the first day of the Carnival Season and kick offs the revelry with four parades from the Phunny Phorty Phellows, the Funky Uptown Krewe, the Krewe of Joan of Arc, and the Société Des Champs Elysée. The next day on the Northshore, the Fools of Misrule and the Mande King Day parades roll. And later on in the month, the Krewe of Nefertiti takes to the streets in New Orleans East and the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus parades in the Marigny. Get ready to catch some beads.

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Martin Luther King Day 2023

- January 16

Every year, the city honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy with days of service, a parade, and much more. Check back here for specific information as it is announced.

Classes at the New Orleans School of Cooking

Experience what TripAdvisor readers named the #2 Food Experience in the World! Sign up for an in-person open demonstration class or an open hands-on cooking class.

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Order a Fresh King Cake from New Orleans!