Mardi Gras Permits

The Bureau of Revenue - Sales Tax is responsible for issuing Mayoralty (Street) Permits to any Vendor selling sandwiches, cooked foods and drinks, candy, nuts and confections and/or novelties along Mardi Gras parade routes during the Mardi Gras Season.  Permits are issued for fixed locations (private and city owned) and moving walkers.  The Mardi Gras Season encompasses a two week period each year and usually occurs during the month of January, February or March.

Businesses interested in obtaining Mardi Gras vendor permits should visit the City of New Orleans' Mardi Gras Permit page for information on individual permits needed, including fee schedules, supporting documentation, and applications.

2024 Mardi Gras Lottery Vending Important Dates

Mardi Gras Vending Activity Dates
Lottery Card Mail and Press Release &
Mardi Gras Booklet
December 18, 2023
Deadline to received lottery Cards, 5:00 pm January 12, 2024
1:30 pm, Lottery, Civil District Court Lobby January 18, 2024
Fixed Location Selection, 9:00 am January 20, 2024
Mobile Unit Inspection Municipal Training Academy
10:00 am – 3:00pm
January 25, 2024
January 30, 2024
January 31, 2024
Deadline to have fixed location approved and
completed/Start Walkers Registration
January 31, 2024
Mardi Gras Season Start February 2, 2024
Mardi Gras Season Ends February 13, 2024

2024 Registration Process

All participants must submit the completed official lottery registration card to the Bureau of Revenue, City Hall, Room 1W15. The designated period to receive registration cards is Friday, January 05, 2024, through Friday, January 12, 2024. A sales tax deposit in the amount of $1,000.00 in the form of certified check or money order must accompany the official lottery registration card in order to be considered a valid registration. Additionally, the following criteria must be met:

  • If mailed, the official lottery registration card must be received in the Bureau of Revenue on or before January 12, 2024 (Regardless of the postmark date).
  • If hand delivered, registration card must be stamped in the Applications Unit on or before January 12, 2024, by 5:00 p.m.
  • Only those registration cards received during the designated period will be accepted and used to prepare the official lottery entry card.
  • Certified check or money order, must be made payable to the
    City of New Orleans.
  • All participants not selected for a fixed location will be refunded their deposit within ten (10) days.
  • Copy of the vehicle registration for the vehicle that will be used to vend along the parade route.
  • One (1) Vehicle registration per deposit. All the rules for a legal food truck apply.
  • A valid picture ID must be presented during the Fixed Location Selection Process on January 20, 2024.
  • All participants must be present on selection Saturday to participate in the selection process

2024 Lottery Process

  • Participants need not be present for the lottery.
  • The Lottery will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 18, 2024, in the lobby of the Civil Court Building located at 421 Loyola St, New Orleans, La 70112.
    The City will have the official lottery entry of each eligible lottery participant.
  • The Department of Finance representative will read each eligible lottery participant’s name from the official lottery entry card and place the same into the selection hopper.
  • The Department of Finance representative will select the official lottery entry card from the hopper and the names will be placed on the lottery board in the order in which they were drawn. This order will be used during the fixed location selection process.
  • After all the official lottery entry cards have been selected, participants who are present will receive confirmation of their placement on the lottery board. All participants who were not present for the lottery drawing, may call the Bureau of Revenue, at
  • (504) 658-1662, (504) 658-1645, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to obtain the results of the lottery drawing. The results of the drawing will be posted on the City of New Orleans website at

2024 Fixed Location Selection Process

  1. The fixed location selection process is scheduled for Saturday, January 20, 2024, in Room 1W15, at 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. for the lottery participants.
  2. Names will be called according to their placement on the lottery board. A valid picture ID with vehicle registration must be presented at this time.
  3. All participants must be present on location selection Saturday to participate in the selection process
  4. Each participant will be allowed to select only one (1) fixed location.
  5. In order to expedite the fixed location selection process, please have at least five (5) locations ready when called. You will have ten (10) minutes to choose a location. After ten (10) minutes the next participant may make their selection.
  6. Permit and license fees in the form of a certified check or money order must be submitted at the time of the fixed location selection, in the amount of $655.25 (only if a valid health and fire permit have been obtained). The initial $1,000.00 submitted during the registration process will be applied as the sales tax deposit for the first category choice. For each additional category at the same location, an amount of $1,505.25 will be required. Payment of permit and license fees do not guarantee issuance of a permit until proper approvals are obtained from the State Health Department and the City Fire Department if necessary.
  7. All food vendors must secure a State Health Permit and City Fire Permit, if using flammable materials, prior to receiving the City of New Orleans Occupational License and permit.
  8. The fixed location selection process will continue until all locations are selected.
  9. The participant names remaining on the lottery board will have a chance to select a location in the event a participant is unable to meet all requirements.
  10. Process #9 will only be limited to those participants who have not selected a location. Participants who have already selected a location will not be allowed to change their location.
  11. In accordance with Section 34-37(b) of the Code of the City of New Orleans, a specific location can be assigned but not guaranteed by the City of New Orleans.
  12. Participants interested in one-day permits should refer to Mardi Gras Booklet for fee rates.


Should you have any questions, please contact the Application Unit at (504) 658-1662 or (504) 658-1645.