Lower Decatur Street is a very lively and diverse section of the French Quarter. One of the city’s best kept secrets, the area is frequented by many locals and adventurous travelers. While visiting is enjoyable all year round, there are some very special times to be here.


The area plays host to several annual festivals. First up is a stage for the very musical French Quarter Fest in April. Followed in June by the always tasty Creole Tomato Festival. And finally, jazzing it up with the Satchmo Summer Fest in August.


People always gather on the street for events such as Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day, and Halloween. Between watching the action and being part of it, there is always something for everyone. You are invited.

Krewe of Cosmic Debris march Lower Decatur Street

the Krew of Kosmic Debris in the neighborhood (photo by Infrogmation)

Mardi Gras not only brings lively revelers, there are a number of official and unofficial marching parades. One of the most famous is the Krewe du Vieux, which usually rolls in early Febuary, before the traditional float parades get going. Then on Fat Tuesday one can see wandering groups like the Krewe of Kosmic Debris making noise and dancing in the streets.

Molly’s at the Market sponsors the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in March. Be sure to wear green and come get your Blarney on.

Halloween is when the freaks come out. See every kind of costume imaginable marching up and down the street. Traffic is often blocked as the crowds swell. Spectators and the costumed get their tricks and treats on Lower Decatur Street.