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Where to Find the Best Parade Party Packages and To-Go Drinks for Mardi Gras 2024

Grab-and-go sandwiches on the parade route, fried chicken platters, and large-format drink specials abound

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When it comes to eating and drinking, locals know the truth about Mardi Gras. While favorite restaurants host their regulars, most eating and drinking doesn’t revolve around bars or restaurants. Instead, the real fun is noshing along the way, stopping in at friends’ homes — always a welcome bathroom option — and grazing as you go. Then there are the vendors that pop up along St. Charles Avenue, Canal Street and Claiborne. Beyond essential king cake bakeries and pop-ups, there are many restaurants on and off the parade route that pull together festive food and drink options for partying on the go. Here’s a roundup of some of the best parade party packages, large-format to-go drinks, and more offered for Carnival 2024.

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Order a Saba sampler platter for a convenient way to enjoy the restaurant’s savory Israeli specialties. Serving four to six, the sampler includes six pitas, classic tahini hummus, Brussels sprouts hummus, Jerusalem breakfast hummus, Moroccan carrots, lutenitsa, olive oil, and za’tar for $115. The popular Dionysius Revival cucumber margarita for four is $38, including go cups.

Osteria Lupo

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Located on several of the Uptown parade routes, Osteria Lupo dishes modern Italian Mardi Gras treats. Pizze is one handy easy to eat option, like the Diavola with spicy nduja, jalapeño, and fontina; quattro formaggi oozing mozzarella, gorgonzola, parmesan, and fontina; and the 24-month proscuitto di San Danielle with basil. Cocktails are also available to-go.

 

Mister Mao

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Mister Mao is busting out Mardi Gras bao boards for carnival season. Priced at $200 for eight people, they include five-spice fried chicken bites, hoisin pork belly, Vietnamese pork and fish sauce mortadella, house-made pickled vegetables, hoisin barbecue sauce, and gochujang aioli. Steam the buns at home.

For liquid refreshment, slurp half-gallon hibiscus margaritas, passion fruit mules, and pandan mojitos, $50 and up. Order at least 24 hours in advance.

Mister Mao’s Kashmiri fried chicken.
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Francolini's

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Great news for the legion of fans addicted to Francolini’s awesome Italian deli sandwiches. Quantities of ten to 25 of can be pre-ordered, either all Italian or a mix of three favorites, ranging from $149 to $375. Salads by the quart are also available, ranging from $16.99 to $26.99 — the Calabrian chili chicken is one winner. Fans of Francolini’s chicken parm can order family style for six to eight people for $65. Order online.

Gracious Bakery

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The St. Charles Avenue location of local bakery mini-chain Gracious is perfectly located to fuel up for Uptown parades. The team is serving a special sidewalk parade menu of beer wine, rum punches, and other mixed drinks, plus mini muffulettas, grilled cheeses, pastries, and cookies.

The Chicory House

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The Chicory House in the Rink shopping center is setting up a pop-up on Washington Avenue during the parades. Grab and go food will include sandwiches, pastries, and kid-friendly snacks. There will be a frozen cocktail (weather be damned!) in addition to warm beverages, Bloody Marys, beer, and nonalcoholic drinks.

Gris-Gris

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Gris-Gris’ King Cake daiquiri is available to-go by the half gallon. Made with king cake rum cream, praline liqueur, Denizen Rum and vanilla, pre-orders by the half gallon are available now (make sure to give 24 hours advance). A half gallon is $35; three half-gallons for $95.

Red Bird Fried Chicken

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Branch out beyond Popeye’s with Red Bird Fried Chicken in Lakeview, winners of the 2023 National Fried Chicken competition. This wet-battered fried bird is crackling crisp and astonishingly juicy. Order the spicy for a slow heat, in portions of 16, 30 and 50 pieces — or tenders, nuggets or wings for up to 25 people, ranging from $39.95 to $105.95. Quarts and pans of sides like red beans, mac and cheese, and coleslaw are also available.

The Commissary - Market + Eatery

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The Brennan family-run market and eatery is going all out for Carnival, offering plenty of options for float packages, catering items, and drinks. Check out the full menu of sliders, sandwiches, jambalaya, gumbo, dips, and appetizers online here and place your order for pickup.

Cochon Butcher

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Cochon Butcher offers a parade-watching or float-riding package for 10 hungry revelers. For $220, chef Forrest Jackson is offering 20 pieces of fried chicken, a large jambalaya, choice of coleslaw, or potato salad, and 10 sandwiches — choice of turkey or ham, 10 bags of potato chips and one bottle of Butcher hot sauce. Add Butcher Cane daiquiris made with passionfruit, citrus, rum, and Aperol, a half gallon $60, $ 120 for a gallon. Order at least 48-hours in advance.

St James Cheese Company - Warehouse District

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St. James is offering fab Mardi Gras platters overflowing with cheesy goodness during Carnival. Order at least 24 hours in advance for a mix of cheeses, including a special Alp Blossom Carnival edition. The Gruyere-esque cheese is coated in herbs and flowers including cornflower, lavender, marjoram, lovage, and chervil. Accoutrements include purple and green grapes, nuts, cinnamon knots, jams and other goodies. The large feeds 20 people for $175; half feeds 10 for $85.

Devil Moon BBQ

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Devil Moon celebrates Mardi Gras with catering packages that might include boudin balls, chicken tenders, build-your-own sliders, and pimento cheese. Or go for the meat and order a mess of ribs, prime beef brisket or smoked turkey breast — pile on the pans of sides like mac and cheese and dirty rice. Small feeds 10, medium up to 25, and large about 50. Priced from $175 to $950.

Barbecue sliders from Devil Moon.
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The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel

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The Roosevelt’s Fountain Lounge expands its fried chicken Mondays to offer fried chicken to-go for $20 per box on February 1st, 3rd, 10th, 11th, and 13th. Reserve your pickup time now! While you’re there, pop into the Sazerac Bar for a toast with one of the new cocktails for MG, including Champagne Lady, a sparkling wine-focused cocktail with St. Germaine and elderflower liqueur, adorned with edible glitter.

Sylvain

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Sylvain is always a Mardi Gras day standby, a respite from the madness in an oasis of cool. This year they are offering batched cocktails available by preorder to pickup. The Firing Squad, a divine mix of tequila, pomegranate, and lime, with a dash of habanero, is served in a gallon-sized portable, dispensable bag that serves a whopping 16 drinks.

Flour Moon Bagels

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Flour Moon Bagels is a must-stop this Carnival season, offering bagel platters, hot and iced coffee carafes, and half-gallons of its specialty frozen cocktail — a delicious combination of gin, Aperol, bergamot, orange, and grapefruit juice. There’s even a special Krewe bagel, for $95, feeding 10 to 12 people. It’s a huge version of their bagel sandwich made with cream cheese, smoked salmon, cucumber, capers, and red onion (requires 48 hours notice). Go online or call the shop to preorder.

Krewe bagel from Flour Moon.

Blue Oak BBQ

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Blue Oak — so close to the Endymion route — offers catering options including mini bbq muffalettas and finger sandwiches made with choice of brisket, pimento cheese, smoked chicken salad, turkey and sun dried tomato aioli. Get buckets of king cake daiquiri to go.

Mini barbecue muffulettas from Blue Oak.
Blue Oak BBQ

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Saba

Order a Saba sampler platter for a convenient way to enjoy the restaurant’s savory Israeli specialties. Serving four to six, the sampler includes six pitas, classic tahini hummus, Brussels sprouts hummus, Jerusalem breakfast hummus, Moroccan carrots, lutenitsa, olive oil, and za’tar for $115. The popular Dionysius Revival cucumber margarita for four is $38, including go cups.

Osteria Lupo

Located on several of the Uptown parade routes, Osteria Lupo dishes modern Italian Mardi Gras treats. Pizze is one handy easy to eat option, like the Diavola with spicy nduja, jalapeño, and fontina; quattro formaggi oozing mozzarella, gorgonzola, parmesan, and fontina; and the 24-month proscuitto di San Danielle with basil. Cocktails are also available to-go.

 

Mister Mao

Mister Mao is busting out Mardi Gras bao boards for carnival season. Priced at $200 for eight people, they include five-spice fried chicken bites, hoisin pork belly, Vietnamese pork and fish sauce mortadella, house-made pickled vegetables, hoisin barbecue sauce, and gochujang aioli. Steam the buns at home.

For liquid refreshment, slurp half-gallon hibiscus margaritas, passion fruit mules, and pandan mojitos, $50 and up. Order at least 24 hours in advance.

Mister Mao’s Kashmiri fried chicken.
Paprika Studios

Francolini's

Great news for the legion of fans addicted to Francolini’s awesome Italian deli sandwiches. Quantities of ten to 25 of can be pre-ordered, either all Italian or a mix of three favorites, ranging from $149 to $375. Salads by the quart are also available, ranging from $16.99 to $26.99 — the Calabrian chili chicken is one winner. Fans of Francolini’s chicken parm can order family style for six to eight people for $65. Order online.

Gracious Bakery

The St. Charles Avenue location of local bakery mini-chain Gracious is perfectly located to fuel up for Uptown parades. The team is serving a special sidewalk parade menu of beer wine, rum punches, and other mixed drinks, plus mini muffulettas, grilled cheeses, pastries, and cookies.

The Chicory House

The Chicory House in the Rink shopping center is setting up a pop-up on Washington Avenue during the parades. Grab and go food will include sandwiches, pastries, and kid-friendly snacks. There will be a frozen cocktail (weather be damned!) in addition to warm beverages, Bloody Marys, beer, and nonalcoholic drinks.

Gris-Gris

Gris-Gris’ King Cake daiquiri is available to-go by the half gallon. Made with king cake rum cream, praline liqueur, Denizen Rum and vanilla, pre-orders by the half gallon are available now (make sure to give 24 hours advance). A half gallon is $35; three half-gallons for $95.

Red Bird Fried Chicken

Branch out beyond Popeye’s with Red Bird Fried Chicken in Lakeview, winners of the 2023 National Fried Chicken competition. This wet-battered fried bird is crackling crisp and astonishingly juicy. Order the spicy for a slow heat, in portions of 16, 30 and 50 pieces — or tenders, nuggets or wings for up to 25 people, ranging from $39.95 to $105.95. Quarts and pans of sides like red beans, mac and cheese, and coleslaw are also available.

The Commissary - Market + Eatery

The Brennan family-run market and eatery is going all out for Carnival, offering plenty of options for float packages, catering items, and drinks. Check out the full menu of sliders, sandwiches, jambalaya, gumbo, dips, and appetizers online here and place your order for pickup.

Cochon Butcher

Cochon Butcher offers a parade-watching or float-riding package for 10 hungry revelers. For $220, chef Forrest Jackson is offering 20 pieces of fried chicken, a large jambalaya, choice of coleslaw, or potato salad, and 10 sandwiches — choice of turkey or ham, 10 bags of potato chips and one bottle of Butcher hot sauce. Add Butcher Cane daiquiris made with passionfruit, citrus, rum, and Aperol, a half gallon $60, $ 120 for a gallon. Order at least 48-hours in advance.

St James Cheese Company - Warehouse District

St. James is offering fab Mardi Gras platters overflowing with cheesy goodness during Carnival. Order at least 24 hours in advance for a mix of cheeses, including a special Alp Blossom Carnival edition. The Gruyere-esque cheese is coated in herbs and flowers including cornflower, lavender, marjoram, lovage, and chervil. Accoutrements include purple and green grapes, nuts, cinnamon knots, jams and other goodies. The large feeds 20 people for $175; half feeds 10 for $85.

Devil Moon BBQ

Devil Moon celebrates Mardi Gras with catering packages that might include boudin balls, chicken tenders, build-your-own sliders, and pimento cheese. Or go for the meat and order a mess of ribs, prime beef brisket or smoked turkey breast — pile on the pans of sides like mac and cheese and dirty rice. Small feeds 10, medium up to 25, and large about 50. Priced from $175 to $950.

Barbecue sliders from Devil Moon.
Randy Schmidt/Devil Moon BBQ

The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel

The Roosevelt’s Fountain Lounge expands its fried chicken Mondays to offer fried chicken to-go for $20 per box on February 1st, 3rd, 10th, 11th, and 13th. Reserve your pickup time now! While you’re there, pop into the Sazerac Bar for a toast with one of the new cocktails for MG, including Champagne Lady, a sparkling wine-focused cocktail with St. Germaine and elderflower liqueur, adorned with edible glitter.

Sylvain

Sylvain is always a Mardi Gras day standby, a respite from the madness in an oasis of cool. This year they are offering batched cocktails available by preorder to pickup. The Firing Squad, a divine mix of tequila, pomegranate, and lime, with a dash of habanero, is served in a gallon-sized portable, dispensable bag that serves a whopping 16 drinks.

Flour Moon Bagels

Flour Moon Bagels is a must-stop this Carnival season, offering bagel platters, hot and iced coffee carafes, and half-gallons of its specialty frozen cocktail — a delicious combination of gin, Aperol, bergamot, orange, and grapefruit juice. There’s even a special Krewe bagel, for $95, feeding 10 to 12 people. It’s a huge version of their bagel sandwich made with cream cheese, smoked salmon, cucumber, capers, and red onion (requires 48 hours notice). Go online or call the shop to preorder.

Krewe bagel from Flour Moon.

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Blue Oak BBQ

Blue Oak — so close to the Endymion route — offers catering options including mini bbq muffalettas and finger sandwiches made with choice of brisket, pimento cheese, smoked chicken salad, turkey and sun dried tomato aioli. Get buckets of king cake daiquiri to go.

Mini barbecue muffulettas from Blue Oak.
Blue Oak BBQ

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