Started in November, 1997, this annual event has been attracting revelers from around the country for a "trop-rock" party ever since. It was moved from November to January in the third year, and has remained there since. The year 2018 will mark the 21st annual rendition of Pardi-Gras. In 2010 and in 2012, and 2013, Pardi-Gras was voted "Trop Rock Event of the Year" by members of the Trop Rock Music Association.
Pardi-Gras is presented by Jerry & Mary Diaz, and the Pardi-Gras Krewe.
Pardi-Gras caters to a special group of people known as "Parrot Heads". That nickname refers to their love of singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett's music, and lifestyle. The event is open to anyone, however, and roughly 1/3 of the attendees of Pardi-Gras have traditionally been folks who just like the tropical atmosphere and music that Pardi-Gras embodies. You don't have to be a member of any formal group to participate in Pardi-Gras.
Over the years, Pardi-Gras has evolved into a four day event. The party features plenty of live music, as well as other fun activities unique to the French Quarter. Browsing through pictures of previous years' events will give you a pretty clear picture of what Pardi-Gras is all about.
We invite you to join us next January, in New Orleans, for Pardi-Gras 2020. Come find out why we call it, "The Ultimate French Quarter Party"!
"Hi Jerry, once again you and Mary and all of your team did a WONDERFUL job on Pardi Gras!I had such agreat time! " - Suzanne Devasher, Lone Star Parrot Head Club
"Hi Jerry! Just finished recovering from a super time in the Big Easy! Linda and I had a wonderful "vacation". Do you know the dates and where the host hotel will be next year? ' - Pete Shaw, San Antonio Parrot Head Club
"Jerry- we had a great time last weekend at Pardi Gras, as usual. A very sincere thank you for bringing such a great and fun party to our town." - John Collins, Parrots in Exile Club, New Orleans
"Pardi Gras was fabulous! You and Mary outdid yourselves. It was so organized, and I loved having the handbook" - Lynda Lawler, Lone Star Parrot Head Club
"Mary and Jerry- Another fantastic party event. Although it's early, I would love to book for next year. The tsunami hangover is treated and I learned about pills that can prevent such downfall" - Staale Eide, Galveston Bay Parrot Head Club