Mardi Gras & Carnival Song Suggestions for Your Carnival Theme Profile

Carnival and Mardi Gras make for an incredibly fun theme rides in your indoor cycling classes. You get to dress up, you can pass out beads, you can even dance if you want (but not on the bike, please!). Putting on a Carnival theme ride will surely bring some smiling faces to your studio. We’ve done the work for you by putting together a list of fun songs.

Many countries celebrate Carnival or Mardi Gras, but the cities that come to mind with the biggest celebrations are Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans. It’s also an important celebration in Jamaica, so reggae music can also make an appearance. You can do a New Orleans theme or mix and match songs from many cultures. This Wikipedia description gives an example of how many countries around the world celebrate Carnival.

If you’re on Spotify, here is our collaborative playlist with as many of the songs from the list below that we could find. 

For Brazilian-inspired music, here is a list of traditional Carnival songs. You can also do a search on iTunes or eMusic for samba or Batacuda, which is a substyle of samba that incorporates African beats.

The following are some Brazilian inspired suggestions:
Na Onda do Berimbau, Monobloco
Magalenha (Brasileiro), Sergio Mendes
Queen of Carnival, Latin Touch, Barrio Latino III
Brazilenco, Zeb
Batacuda (The Beat), Sergio Mendes
Ipanema (Castelli Ipanema Remix), Ariel Perazzoli

New Orleans Zydeco/Jazz/Conga
Iko Iko, The Dixie Cups (this is a must have song!)
Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Professor Longhair
Cajun Club Mix feat Conga and Hot Hot Hot, Miami Sond Machine and Buster Poindexter
Alligator Stomp, Buckwheat Zydeco
Ya YA, Buckwheat Zydeco
Buck’s Boogie, Buckwheat Zydeco
Oldtime Zydeco, Lifescapes, Cajun Bayou
Cochon de Lait, Beausoleil
Sophie, Beausoleil
Alligator Stomp, Cajun & Zydeco Classics
J’ai Ete au Zydeco, Beausoleil
Cajun Crawl, Beausoleil
My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now, Buckwheat Zydeco
Walking to New Orleans, Buckwheat Zydeco
Zydeco Boogaloo, Zydeco Dependents
Keep a Knockin’, Beau Jocque And The Zydeco Hi-Rollers
Go To The Mardi Gras, Professor Longhair
Mardi Gras City, Olympia Brass Band
Mardi Gras Mambo, Cubanismo
Danse De Mardi Grass, The Balfa Freres
Marti Gras Mambo, The Meters
Hey Pocky A-Way, The Meters
Jambalaya, Eddy Raven & Jo-El Sonnier
I’m Walkin’ to New Orleans, Fats Domino
Mack the Knife, Louis Armstrong
Crawfish Song, Buckwheat Zydeco
Cajun Party, Wayne Toups & the Zydecajun Rockin’ Flames
Go to the Mardi Gras, Professor Longhair
Jockomo, Sugarboy Crawford
Olympia Special, Olympia Brass Band
Cajun Two Step, Ned Landry
Pine Grove Blues, Cajun Playboys
Les Bons Temps Rouler, Waltz Michael Doucet & Beausoleil

New Orleans “other”
Ragin’ Cajun, Charlie Daniels Band
Party, Wild Magnolias
House of the Rising Sun, The Animals
The Dock of the Bay, Otis Redding
Mardi Gras in New Orleans, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
The Saints Are Coming, Green Day
The Saints Are Coming, U2
The Old Man Down the Road, John Fogerty
Riding on the City of New Orleans, Arlo Guthrie
The Witch Queen of New Orleans, Leon Redbone
Down South in New Orleans, The Band
King of New Orleans, Better than Ezra
Way Down Yonder In New Orleans, Freddy Cannon
Voodoo, Godsmack
Proud Mary, Tina Turner
Heard it Through the Grapevine, Creedence Clearwater Revival
Born on the Bayou, Creedence Clearwater Revival
Jambalaya (On The Bayou), Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
The Witch Queen of New Orleans, Leon Redbone
Cajun Moon, Randy Crawford
New Orleans, Gary US Bonds
Way Down Yonder In New Orleans, Freddy Cannon
King Creole, Elvis Presley

Dances of Resistance, Babylon Circus
J’aurais Bien Voulu, Babylon Circus
Parade Acoustique, Babylon Circus

Venice Carnival La Serenissima (Rondo Veneziano), Tommy Vee Edit
A città ‘e Pulecenella, Testo 

If you put on a Carnival Ride, please share some photos! And as always, if you have more fun Mardi Gras/Carnival songs that are good for a cycling class, please share them in the comments below.

Last Minute Mardi Gras/Carnival Song Suggestions


  1. where do you ride? I have a bicycle , but no sidewalks in my area
    and I’m afraid to ride by myself. I wish Louisiana had the bike trails like Arkansas has, where you can ride for miles, no traffic.

  2. Have one, but this is inspiration for more diversity and another set.Thanks!

  3. Awesome list. Definitely going to put something together and do a Mardi Gras ride next week.

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      awesome! Let us know how it goes. If you do costumes or beads, take pics and send them!

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