Fun Mardi Gras Party Music

Mardi Gras party music is an important part of any Mardi Gras sleepover party or fun Fat Tuesday Party. In your mix of Mardi Gras music, be sure to include a variety of Cajun music, Zydeco, Blues, Jazz, and native New Orleans singers and performers like Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton!

Mardi Gras Party Music with words MARDI GRAS in purple green and yellow Mardi Gras colors

Best Mardi Gras Party Music

These New Orleans hits and favorite Louisiana artists music and more are perfect for a party for Mardi Gras!

You can even pick one as your New Orleans Mardi Gras theme song!

 
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Mardi Gras Party Music Ideas:

  • Carnival Time Mardi Gras Song (Carnival Time by Al Johnson)
  •  Mardi Gras Mambo by The Hawketts
  • Iko Iko by Dr. John
  • Professor Longhair Go To The Mardi Gras
  • When The Saints Go Marching In by Louis Armstrong
  • Mardi Gras in New Orleans by Dirty Dozen Brass Band 
  • Congo Square by Cyril Nevil
  • Hurricane Season by Trombone Shorty
  • Hey Pocky A-Way by The Meters
  • Jambalaya Strut by Michael White
  • Down by the Riverside by The Dirty Dozen Band
  • Pie-Eyed Manc by Groove Alchemy
  • Street Parade by Earl King
  • Walking To New Orleans by Fats Domino
  • Rock, Boogie, Shout by Buckwheat Zydeco

(See the complete list of Mardi Gras party music below.)

ALSO CHECK OUT: HOW TO HAVE A MARDI GRAS THEME PARTY

What type of music is played for Mardi Gras party?

The most popular music for Mardi Gras party Carnival is  brass music, rhythm and blues, jazz and zydeco. These are the songs that you’ll generally hear during the parade, upbeat and music that people can dance to that creates a party atmosphere. Also popular for Fat Tuesday, you may also hear New Orleans natives like Louis Armstrong and local artists.

MARDI GRAS SONGS FOR KIDS AND ADULTS

Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Party Music

These are some of the most popular Mardi Gras songs for kids party. If you are planning a New Orleans music themed carnival, these can be used as inspirations for your party (or many other songs with Mardi Gras in the lyrics or title!).

Most of the following list is from adult oriented local artists from New Orleans area or jazz and blues musicians from around the world, but many can also be used for kids Mardi Gras activities. Be sure to preview the lyrics if you’re using the music for kids’ parties.

You may notice some repeat titles that were recorded by other artists. Don’t be afraid to add duplicate songs to your playlist for Mardi Gras if they are done by other bands. They often bring a different flavor to the song in their versions!

ALSO CHECK OUT THESE MARDI GRAS PARTY PLAYLISTS:

New Orleans Second Line Party Playlist

Mardi Gras Party Music

50 Must Have Songs For Your Mardi Gras Party

Mardi Gras Jazz: Best Music from New Orleans, Street Party, Big Masquerade with Jazz Lounge

Mardi Gras Dance Party

Zydeco Blues Party

55 Great Songs For Your Mardi Gras Playlist:

1. Iko Iko – The Belle Stars

2. Washboard – The New Orleans Nightcrawlers

3. Mardi Gras Mambo – Art Neville & Louisiana Spice

4. Right Place, Wrong Time – Dr. John

5. You Got To Be Crazy About Mardi Gras – Eddie Bo

6. When the Saints Go Marching In- Louis Armstrong

7. Mardi Gras Mambo – Preservation Hall Jazz Band & Friends

8. Strange Things Happen Every Day – Eddie Bo

9. Hey Pocky A-Way (A Tribute To The Indians) – Dr. John and The Wild Magnolias

10. Y’all Come Back Saloon – Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen

11. Iko Iko – Dr. John

12. Big Chief – The Meters

13. Mardi Gras Mambo – Louis Prima and His Orchestra

14. Shake Your Gourd – Jefferson Parish Zydeco Angels

15. Hi Heel Sneakers – Fats Domino

16. Let the Good Times Roll – Shirley & Lee

17. Stagger Lee – Lloyd Price

18. Stompin’ at The Savoy – Arnaud’s Night Club Orchestra

20. Big Chief Agent M – New Orleans Klezmer All Stars

21. Mardi Gras Mambo – Dr. John

22. Big Chief – The Meters

23. Bourbon Street Parade #1- Paul Barbarin and His New Orleans Boys

24. It Ain’t My Fault – Frankie Ford

25. Little Liza Jane – Clarence “Frogman” Henry

26. Yes, I’m In The Barrel – Otis Spann et al.

27. Mardi Gras In New Orleans – Chuck Carbo

29. Mardi Gras Mambo – Louis Prima

30. Mardi Gras Blues – Professor Longhair

31. Let’s Go Get ‘Em – Eddie Bo

32. Right Place, Wrong Time – Dr John

33. Bourbon Street Parade #1- Paul Barbarin and His New Orleans Boys

34. The Mardi Gras Indian Song – Jambalaya

35. The Night Before Mardi Gras – Clarence “Frogman” Henry

36. Mardi Gras in New Orleans – Chuck Carbo

37. Big Chief – Professor Longhair [New Orleans native]

38. Ring My Bell – Etta James

41. Mardi Gras in New Orleans- Chuck Carbo

42. Big Chief – Professor Longhair [New Orleans Native]

43. It Ain’t My Fault – Frankie Ford

44. Mardi Gras in New Orleans- Chuck Carbo

45. Gulf Coast Blues – King Oliver and His Dixie Syncopators [New Orleans native]

46. Bourbon Street Parade #1- Paul Barbarin & His New Orleans Boys [New Orleans Native]

47. Big Chief – Professor Longhair [New Orleans native]

48. Right Place, Wrong Time – Dr John

49. Mardi Gras Mambo – Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Friends

50. Cheap Tricks And H tricks- The Meters

51. Iko Iko – Buckwheat Zydeco & Louisiana Sun Band

52. Bourbon Street Parade #1- Paul Barbarin & His New Orleans Boys [New Orleans Native]

53. Mardi Gras Mambo – Louis Prima and His Orchestra

54. Iko Iko – Dr John

55. The Right Time (Live) – Dr John & The Wild Magnolias

Have fun with this playlist for Mardi Gras party music!

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Friends have called Jackie the "Midwestern Martha" [Stewart] because of her 20 years of over-the-top theme parties, super fun sleepover tips, and fun theme recipes.

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