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Ghosts get in on the Mardi Gras action

Take a lot of photos during this year's Mardi Gras never know what ghosts may be lingering among the crowds
Take a lot of photos during this year's Mardi Gras never know what ghosts may be lingering among the crowds
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Everyone loves a good celebration…even the ghosts of New Orleans come out for the Mardi Gras Parade. Mardi Gras celebrations offer locals and visitors a chance to experience a different side of New Orleans. The high amounts of party and parade goers have been known to increase the curiosity of ghosts and other paranormal entities that are able to blend into the large crowd.

Many reports suggest that New Orleans experiences an increase in paranormal activity during Mardi Gras. However, some paranormal investigators believe the activity is always there, just not noticed. Others believe ghosts are attracted to the activity, which contributes to the increase in paranormal activity.

Haunted New Orleans Tours classify the Mardi Gras Parade - the Krewe of Mid city - as the “#1 most haunted parade in America.” Why? Through their own personal experiences and photos submitted by those who have attended the Mardi Gras celebration in the past. Many photos taken during the parade have captured unexplained smoke, glowing mist and manifesting spirits that can be seen mingling among the crowds. Other paranormal and unexplained anomalies have also bee captured in photographs and on video.

Some reasons the parade is believed to be haunted include the fact that in previous years it passed right by eight haunted cemeteries, several churches and a funeral parlor. Currently the parade passes by a several churches, a funeral home, hospitals and multiple homes - all believed to be haunted.

Does the type of floats used in the parade contribute to the higher amount of guests from beyond the grave? The answer is: Maybe. It is similar to the use of trigger objects. Some ghosts are familiar with different items they are familiar with. Many of these objects are prominently featured in the parade.

Are you going to this year’s Mardi Gras Celebration? If so, take a lot of photos and keep notes about who is there and keep count of approximately how many spectators were there. Then go back through all of the photographs…you may be surprised as to who was there watching the parade with you and you never even saw them.

The Krewe of Midcity parade will be held on March 2, 2014 starting at 11:45 a.m. This year’s theme is “50 Shades of Green.” For more information about the parade visit

If you plan on exploring the paranormal side of New Orleans while attending Mardis Gras you might want to check out these other haunted locations in new Orleans:

  • Brennan’s Restaurant
  • Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery
  • Hotel Monteleone
  • La Pavilion Hotel
  • Lafayette Cemetery No. 1
  • The Lauarie House located at 1140 Royal Street
  • Marie Laveaus’ House
  • Metairie Lakelawn Cemetery
  • St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
  • St. Roch Cemetery
  • Voodoo Cemetery Gates of Guinee

Happy Haunting!!

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Please note: Some articles may include claims of paranormal activity, however, not all locations have been confirmed or investigated by the Treasure Coast Paranormal Travel Examiner. These locations may or may not be haunted and everyone will have different experiences.

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