GFOA Social Events

Sunday, May 17 • 5:30 pm–8:00 pm  •  Mardi Gras World

Complimentary to all registered attendees and guests.

Together with your GFOA colleagues, get a sneak peek of the festival at Mardi Gras World—the largest float designing and building facility in the world! Here, more than 80 percent of the floats that journey down New Orleans' streets during the Carnival season are designed and built. Enjoy food and drinks as you explore the many traditions surrounding Mardi Gras parades, balls, and music, as well as the intricacies of float designing and building. In this unique venue, you’ll experience how New Orleans is truly home to a melting pot of cultures.

Help us kick off the start of GFOA’s 114th Annual Conference and come see where Mardi Gras is made!


Tuesday, May 19  •  7:00 pm–10:00 pm  •  Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Ticketed event, which includes live entertainment, beverages, and dessert.

After several days of taking in the sights of New Orleans, we hope you can see why it was named the No. 3 City in the United States in Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best Awards” in 2019.

Join your peers to celebrate your conference experience during this exclusive send-off for GFOA attendees and guests. The night is to be filled with music, energy, and fun!

You must be registered for the conference to purchase an evening event ticket. Ticket price includes entertainment, beverages, and dessert.