70 Songs For Your Mardi Gras Music Playlist

Break out the beads, enjoy the tunes, and bon ton roula, y'all!

Brittany Barber


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If you're looking for a fun Mardi Gras playlist for your Fat Tuesday party — look no further! If you didn't already know, Mardi Gras is the culmination of the Carnival season and the biggest party of the year for many folks living in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and even other countries around the globe. If you've never been to New Orleans or enjoyed a bowl of Jambalaya, then you're in for a treat.

During Mardi Gras celebrations, you'll hear a whole mish-mash of party music and other genres. For this playlist, we've focused mainly on brass bands, rhythm and blues, jazz, and zydeco in order to capture the traditional sounds of the Bourbon Street festivities. Looking for live music to play at your Mardi Gras party? Check out our selection of jazz bands and soloists here! 

Make sure to scroll to the end of the list to find the direct link to our bangin' Mardi Gras Spotify playlist. 

Happy listening, y'all!


Here are 70 songs you'll want to add to your Mardi Gras playlist: 

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  • Shrimp Po-Boy, Dressed - Allen Toussaint
  • Cubacajun Carnival - Los Hombres Calientes
  • Skokiaan - Kermit Ruffins
  • Hurricane Season - Trombone Shorty
  • Carnivale Time - Galactic, Al "Carnival Time" Johnson
  • When The Saints Go Marching In - Louis Armstrong
  • Take Your Drunken Ass Home - Big Al Carson
  • The Mardi Gras Song - Bobby Charles
  • Oogum Boogum Song - Brenton Wood
  • Mack The Knife - Dr. John, Mike Ladd, Terence Blanchard
  • Why You Worried 'Bout Me? - Rebirth Brass Band
  • I Know You Mardi Gras - Bo Dollis
  • The Second Line - Stop, Inc
  • Big Chief - Professor Longhair, Earl King
  • Ooh Poo Pah Doo - Jessie Hill
  • Why Don't You Go To New Orleans - Jim Beatty 
  • Audubon Zoo - Mardi Gras Mambo 
  • Jump On It - Big Freedia
  • Tripped Out Slim - Trombone Shorty
  • Killing Me - Honey Island Swamp Band
  • Don't You Just Know It? - Huey "Piano" Smith, His Clowns
  • Knock With Me - Lil' Rascals Brass Band
  • Haterz - Keith Frank, The Soileau Zydeco Band
  • What'cha Do - Johnnie Allan 
  • Going Fast - Feufollet
  • High Heel Sneakers - The New Orleans Catahoulas 
  • Kidnapper - Jewel & The Rubies
  • Let The Good Times Roll - The Revelers
  • La Vieille Chanson De Mardi Gras - Cedric Watson 
  • My Feet Can't Fail Me Now - The Dirty Dozen Brass Band 
  • I Feel Like Funkin' It Up - Rebirth Brass Band
  • Mardi Gras Mambo - The Hawketts 
  • Street Parade - Earl King 
  • Monk's Mardi Gras - Big Chief Monk Boudreaux
  • Tremé Mardi Gras - Kermit Ruffins 
  • It Ain't My Fault - Dejan's Olympia Brass Band
  • Zulu King - James Andrews 
  • All On A Mardi Gras Day - The Wild Magnolias
  • Mardi Gras In New Orleans - Professor Longhair
  • Grazing in the Grass - Treme Brass Band
  • Carnival Time - Rebirth Brass Band
  • Who Dat Called Da Police - New Birth Brass Band
  • Treme’ Second Line - Kermit Ruffins
  • Party Town - Bobby Charles
  • Zydeco Mardi Gras - C.J. Chenier
  • All In a Mardi Gras Day - Big Al Carson
  • Golden Crown - Treme Brass & Indian Band
  • Shrimp and Gumbo - Rebirth Brass Band
  • Lil’ lisa Jane - The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
  • Ooh Poo Pah Doo - Trombone Shorty, James Andrews
  • No City Like New Orleans - Earl King and Roomful of Blues
  • Show Me That Dance Called the Second Line - New Birth Brass Band
  • Meet Me On Frenchmen Street - Shamarr Allen, Kermit Ruffins
  • Palm Court Strut - Kermit Ruffins
  • Mr. Big Stuff - Kermit Ruffins, Rebirth Brass Band
  • Come Down To New Orleans - Big Sam’s Funky Nation
  • Sweet Home New Orleans - Dr. John
  • Carnival Time - Bo Dollis, The Wild Magnolias
  • My Dawlin New Orleans - Little Queenie & the Percolators
  • Rebirth Medley: My Song, Pie Pt. 2, Mexican - Kermit Ruffins, Rebirth Brass Band
  • The Mardi Gras Song - Davell Crawford
  • Mardi Gras Time - Bayou Renegade Indians
  • Jump to the Music - Henry Butler
  • Take It To The Street - Rebirth Brass Band
  • Didn't He Ramble - Kermit Ruffins
  • It’s Later Than You Think - Kermit Ruffins, Rebirth Brass Band
  • New Orleans Music - Rebirth Brass Band
  • Foot Of Canal Street - John Boutté
  • Drop Me Off In New Orleans - Kermit Ruffins, Irvin Mayfield, Dr. Michael White
  • King Cake - Big Al Carson

Find Musical Entertainment

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  • Here on The Bash, you can find and book top-rated local DJs, bands, and entertainers in your local area. While browsing, be sure to review vendor profiles and check out their photos and videos.
  • When preparing a request for one of vendors, keep in mind that the more details you can provide, the more accurate the price quote you'll receive. If you receive a price quote that seems like it needs clarification, don't hesitate to reach out to the vendor directly to find out more.
  • Make sure you have discussed what supplies the vendor will need for their performance. You'll want to know what they can provide, and what you'll need to have on hand at your event.
  • Communicate your expectations and special requests to any prospective musicians, and make sure to ask about their repertoire — especially if you have a particular song that you would like them to perform.
  • If you're planning an outdoor event, be sure to discuss where the vendor will be situated for the best acoustics and conditions for them to perform.
  • Discuss what kind of atmosphere and mood you are hoping to set for your event. The more they know, the better they'll meet your expectations.

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About Brittany Barber

Brittany Barber, lover of books, dogs, and romance, graduated from Bishop’s University with a Communications and Theatre degree. After spending some time working abroad in the theatre world, she is now a freelance writer covering a range of lifestyle topics including event planning for The Bash, WeddingWire, 2life and Fluttr, and shopping for BuzzFeed.

Published on 1/24/2024