The Best Instrumental Mardi Gras Music

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The best instrumental Mardi Gras music to get you in the mood for the party!

The Best Instrumental Mardi Gras Music

Mardi Gras is a time where people let loose and enjoy themselves. The best way to enjoy Mardi Gras is with some good music. Instrumental Mardi Gras music can provide the perfect atmosphere for any party or celebration. It can also be enjoyed just for the sake of listening to some good music.


Zydeco is a music genre that originated in southwest Louisiana by French Creole speakers which mixed Rhythm and Blues (R&B) with French folk music. The music is traditionally played on accordion and guitar, and often includes washboard and percussion.

The origin of the word “zydeco” is unclear. One theory is that it is a corruption of the French phrase les haricots, meaning “the beans”, referring to the fact that beans were often a staple of Creole cuisine. Another theory is that it derives from the name of the Algerian-born France-based musician, Antoine “Clifton” Chenier, who popularized the style in the 1940s.

Zydeco became popular in the 1950s with Clifton Chenier’s recordings on Specialty Records. In the 1960s and 1970s, Zakary Thaks and Clifton Chenier popularized zydeco in Texas and Louisiana. Rockin’ Dopsie, John Delafose, Buckwheat Zydeco, Beausoleil (featuring Michael Doucet), Boozoo Chavis, Zephir (band), Rosie Ledet, C.J. Chenier are notable contemporary performers.


Jazz is a genre of music that was created by African Americans in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It is characterized by a complex system of improvisation and a focus on rhythm and blues.

Mardi Gras is a holiday that is celebrated in many parts of the world, but it is particularly associated with New Orleans, Louisiana. Jazz has been an important part of the Mardi Gras celebration since the early 20th century.

There are many different types of jazz, but some of the most popular styles for Mardi Gras include Dixieland, swing, and bebop. The best instrumental Mardi Gras music will often feature elements of all three styles.

Dixieland jazz is characterized by a strong rhythm section, simple melodies, and improvisation. It was one of the first jazz styles to gain popularity, and it remains popular today. Swing jazz is a more sophisticated style that emerged in the 1930s. It features intricate melodies and solos, and it often has a faster tempo than Dixieland jazz. Bebop is a style that developed in the 1940s as a reaction against swing jazz. It features complex chord progressions and fast-paced solos.

Jazz musicians have long been associated with the Mardi Gras celebration, and many famous jazz musicians have composed songs specifically for this holiday. Some of the most popular Mardi Gras songs include “When the Saints Go Marching In,” “Iko Iko,” “Just a Closer Walk with Thee,” and “Mama Roux.”

Brass Band

There are many different types of music that are associated with Mardi Gras, but one of the most iconic is brass band music. This upbeat, lively style of music is perfect for celebrating and gets everyone in the party mood.

There are a number of famous brass bands that hail from New Orleans, such as the Olympia Brass Band and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. These bands have toured all over the world and have helped to spread the joy of Mardi Gras beyond just New Orleans.

If you’re looking for some great brass band tracks to get your party started, here are some of our favorites:

-“I’ll Fly Away” by The Olympia Brass Band
-“Second Line” by The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
-“When The Saints Go Marching In” by The Preservation Hall Jazz Band
-“We Gon’ Boogie” by The Treme Brass Band

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