About Us

MARDI GRAS!!!! Carnival has been a part of New Orleans tradition since it was founded by the French centuries ago. Now it continues into the 21 st century and is world renowned for its mayhem and merriment. It is a tradition that draws thousands of tourists to our city and generates millions dollars in revenue – all in the name of fun. There are currently 34 Mardi Gras Krewes parading in Orleans Parish over a short two-week period. During these 12 days the men and women of the New Orleans Police Department, the New Orleans Fire Department and the New Orleans Emergency Medical Service work many hours of overtime away from their families in order to protect our families and everyone along the parade route. We would not have a safe Mardi Gras if it were not for these men and women.

The Mardi Gras Community wants to give back to the First Responders for all that they do for the Krewes and the public during the Carnival season. Krewes for Karnival’s First Responders is in our fifth year of raising funds. This year our goal is to raise $80,000 – which will go toward purchasing Outer Carry Bullet Proof Vests for the NOPD; Turnout Gear for the NOFD and Level 3 Ballistic Vests, Helmets and Kevlar for the EMS. Without them we would not be able to put a single parade on the street.

Please join us in showing our appreciation for the NOPD, NOFD and EMS by becoming a sponsor, donating to the silent or live auction and attending the event. The event is Thursday, September 22, 2016, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Fulton Alley Lanes, 600 Fulton Street, NOLA, 70130. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 day of the event. We will have beer, wine, food, live music and bowling!

For information on sponsorships, donations and to purchase tickets please visit our website: www.krewesforkarnival.com. For Sponsorship information contact Kellie Barnes at 504.416.3105 or kellie@krewesforkarnival.com; for auction or raffle donations contact LisaJo Hienz at lisajo@krewesforkarnival.com.

  • Please make checks payable to GNOF – Krewes for Karnival.
  • Mail to Krewes for Karnival, Post Office Box 19500, New Orleans, LA 70179.
  • All donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by IRS regulation.
  • The Greater New Orleans Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity.