Theme Ride Thursday: A Mardi Gras Playlist for Your Next Ride Down Bourbon St.

A theme ride playlist from our archives.

Life in New Orleans is definitely fun and lively. Take a stroll down Bourbon St. any night past 10 p.m. and you’re sure to understand. And while many folks head down this time of year for Mardi Gras to add to their bead collection for doing heaven-knows-what, it’s also a time to celebrate the culture, the food (can you say muffuletta?!), the art, and most importantly the music of New Orleans. 

For those that don’t know, Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday,” and takes place the day before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. It’s a day to indulge before fasting and giving up your vice of choice for the next 40 days. In celebration of Fat Tuesday we’ve compiled some of our favorite songs in our Mardi Gras playlist below. So whether you’re a big brass band fan like me, a lover of Cajun music, or a Zydeco music fan with its fiddles, rub boards, accordions, bass guitar, and drums, you can bet there’s something on this playlist for you.

I love using this ride as an opportunity to focus on form and pedal stroke during seated flats. Why not incorporate the use of Mardi Gras beads to check for bouncing and make it all that more festive?

And in case you’re wondering, Mardi Gras is celebrated on Tuesday, February 21 this year. 

Laissez les bons temps rouler!


  1. Hi Jennifer, I plan to do a Madrid Gras cycle class this coming Tuesday and will use the suggestion beads for good form and pedal stroke. 🙂 Wanted to get some expert tips on words/phrases for pedal stroke and form. I seem to say the same things over and over. Keep pedal stroke smooth, no hesitation, no air pockets in pedal stroke, scrape mud off the shoes technique,
    chest up, wiggles fingers, keep upper body relaxed, no death grips on handle bars. Help!! I need more ideas please for ways to coach proper form and pedal stroke. Thank you in advance! Linda Reimann 🙂

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