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The Great Debate: Buying a Home on the Parade Route in New Orleans

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The Great Debate: Buying a Home on the Parade Route in New Orleans

Robyn Bruno

NOLA Native 🎭, Realtor/Broker 🏠, Wife, Momma 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦,  Coffee Lover ☕️, Creative at Heart 💜 I am so glad you are h...

NOLA Native 🎭, Realtor/Broker 🏠, Wife, Momma 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦,  Coffee Lover ☕️, Creative at Heart 💜 I am so glad you are h...

Feb 25 4 minutes read


It’s the most extravagant time of the year in New Orleans!

We’ve made it through the first morsel of parades but we still have a busy weekend of celebration ahead. Do you know where you will be partying it up and watching parades? 

If you’re thinking of buying a home in New Orleans or the surrounding area you probably want to take parade routes into account one way or another. Let’s talk about some pros and cons of living on the parade route in New Orleans!

Pros of Parade Route Life

If you LOVE parades then there are plenty of good reasons to live right on or near one of the many parade routes

  1. The parade comes to you! This is the meat of it really. You walk out of your front door or possibly down a few blocks and bam, you’re in the thick of it!

  2. You always have a bathroom nearby. This gets more important if you have kids in tow but it’s always generally best if you have a designated potty break spot in easy walking distance to your parade spot. 

  3. You’ll save money by eating and drinking from your own kitchen instead of buying food and drinks out on the route. Make a big pot of jambalaya, get a king cake or two and your parade party will be on point. 

  4. Speaking of a party - when you live on or near the route your friends and family will come right to you so you don’t have to fight traffic. Just relax and laissez les bon temps rouler!

Cons of Parade Route Life

It’s not all throws and ladders though. There are a few downsides to living on or near the route. 

  1. You have to be extra aware of “The Box.” Don’t get stuck blocked in by parades when you have somewhere else you need to be!

  2. If you don’t have off-street parking you’ll still be fighting parade-goers when it comes time to park in front of your house. You’ll have to get home extra early on parade days or possibly take those days off work to avoid losing your parking spot. 

  3. Your friends and family may want to come over a little too often. If you’re not the entertaining type, you might end up feeling like you’ve had too much company long before Mardi Gras day.

Is there a compromise?

Always! 

If you love the idea of living on or near a parade route but don’t want to do the whole sha-bang that is the main Uptown New Orleans route, there are other neighborhoods that might fit the bill! 

  • The Endymion route in Mid-City is only used once a year for parades but still draws a big crowd. 

  • The newer section of the Uptown route between Jefferson and Napoleon avenues on Magazine Street is only used by about a third of the Uptown parades including crowd-pleasers NyxMuses, and Thoth

  • Napoleon Avenue between Claiborne and St. Charles puts you outside of “The Box” but still has a few parades rolling by including Iris, Rex, and the Mardi Gras day truck parades. 

  • Putting your roots down in the Marigny or Bywater neighborhoods might work if you prefer to have a home base for Krewe du VieuxChewbacchus, or other funky walking krewes including the mish mash Society of St. Anne on Mardi Gras Day. 

  • If you’re more of a St. Patrick’s Day reveler don’t forget the Irish Channel neighborhood!

If you’re thinking about relocating to a spot near a parade route send me an e-mail at [email protected]. I’d love to talk about your preferences and find you the perfect #nolahome!

Happy Mardi Gras!

Are you more into Metairie or Westbank parades or are you an Uptown-route family? 

Hop over to my Instagram and let me know in the comments where I might run into y’all between now and Tuesday! 


Beads on fence photo courtesy of Miguel Discart. Creative Commons License.

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