Prices plunge for tickets to the New Orleans Mardi Gras; brokers offer “once-in-a-lifetime” discounts

Prices plunge for tickets to the Mardi Gras - brokers offer once-in-a-lifetime discounts

Tourists wanting to go to the New Orleans Mardi Gras just caught the best throw of them all, a lucky break.

Due to a pandemic economy that resembles when a float’s tractor breaks down, tickets to Carnival has never been so budget-friendly. Prices to attend the annual celebration have plummeted to historic lows as brokers across New Orleans offer tourists rock bottom discounts to salvage a time of year when many earn a significant portion of their yearly revenue.

Ticket brokers reported to Neutral Ground News the average price of a general admission ticket to Basic Mardi Gras was $420 in 2018, $465 in 2019, and a whopping $575 in 2020. This year tickets can be found as low as $155.

Prices for Enhanced Mardi Gras, which includes access to a bathroom, took an even larger hit: only $225 for 2021, instead of $985 in 2020. In fact, when adjusted for inflation or something like that, the 2021 get-in price is the lowest it has ever been in the history of New Orleans Mardi Gras.

“With fears growing about the coronavirus, a new president, and the volatile stock market, get-in prices for Mardi Gras are at once-in-a-lifetime levels,” said Archie Hammer, a totally reputable New Orleans-based ticket broker and part-time French Quarter bartender who noted he is always willing to work with whatever is in the tourist’s budget.

“Hell, show me your tits and I’ll knock another $20 off. Tit for tat, I’m a reasonable man.”

Tourists interested in purchasing tickets to the New Orleans Mardi Gras can contact City Hall for a list of city-approved brokers and vendors.

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