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Celebrate Mardi Gras on Louisiana's Coast

Vermilion Parish

Mardi Gras Louisiana Coast - Kaplan

1/20: Le Krewe de le Originales et les Enfants Mardi Gras Run. Duck Festival Grounds, Gueydan. Join us for a traditional Mardi Gras run and trail ride through the country with chicken throws throughout the ride. Run is followed by a dance. 9 am-10 pm. 337-247-0555

2/13: Chic-A-La-Pie Mardi Gras Parade. Kaplan. Family-friendly, old-fashioned Mardi Gras parade. 2 pm. Free. 337-643-8602, chicalapie@yahoo.com.


Houma Area

Mardi Gras in Bayou Country is a great time for the whole family. With one of the largest parade schedules in Louisiana, Houma Mardi Gras is day after day of excitement. Whether it be our festive season opener, the Krewe of Hercules, on February 2 or the multi-parade closer on February 13, your family is sure to bring home generous amounts of beads. Be sure to stop in at one of our local bakeries to try Houma’s favorite Mardi Gras treat, King Cake! This cinnamon pastry is a must during Mardi Gras.


Iberia Parish

Iberia Parish Mardi Gras

Experience Mardi Gras in Iberia Parish with festivities including Bayou Mardi Gras Parade (Jan. 13), Krewe of Ezana Jeanerette Mardi Gras Parade (Feb.), Grand Marais Mardi Gras Children's Dance (Feb. 11), Grand Marais Mardi Gras Dances (Feb. 9-12), Grand Marais Mardi Gras Parade (Feb. 13), Krewe of Coteau Mardi Gras Parade (Feb. 13), Family Affair Mardi Gras Parade (Feb. 13). Visit IberiaTravel.com to plan your trip today! Here's a full list of parades. 

Jefferson Parish

Mardi Gras is known as "the biggest party on Earth" and Jefferson Parish is inviting you! Spanning over two sides of the Mississippi River, the East Bank and the West Bank, Jefferson Parish offers Mardi Gras fun wherever you may be located. Come and experience the sounds, food, music, parades and of course, the BEADS in our family-friendly celebration of Mardi Gras.

Get the party started at Carnival Kickoff on January 6th! Food trucks, live music, a toast to Carnival Royalty, daiquiris, beer, sodas and water, and lots of family fun!  Watch the pageantry of Mardi Gras along one of Jefferson's routes.  Whether you are heading out to catch a parade on the East Bank or West Bank of Jefferson Parish, we have you covered with accurate full color routes. Click here for the complete list of Jefferson Parish parade routes.

2018 Jefferson MARDI GRAS PARADE SCHEDULE                                                                             

Family Gras, held on February 2nd & 3rd, is the perfect family getaway. A FREE event, Family Gras traditionally takes place on the neutral ground (median) of Veterans Memorial Boulevard across from Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie, Louisiana. An ideal location to see the pageantry of Mardi Gras and enjoy the outdoor concerts by national & local artists on the Mardi Gras Plaza stage.  Shop the Art Market filled with a variety of items from Louisiana photography, framed artwork, regional decor, folk art, hair accessories, hand-crafted jewelry and more.  Our Kids Court is filled with a variety of activities for kids 12 and younger such as face painting, unique hand-wax art, and interactive games.


With past performances by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Fifth Harmony, Tony Orlando, The Pointer Sisters, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Zack Brown Band, The Monkees, Leann Rimes, Tito Jackson, Becky G., Jesse McCartney, The Imagination Movers and so many more, Family Gras offers a huge variety of talent each year so the entire family can enjoy!

Rhythm on the Route - The Mardi Gras Battle of the Bands in Jefferson Parish is an exciting event held throughout the Mardi Gras season during the parades in Metairie.  Middle school & high school marching bands "battle it out" as they march along Veterans Memorial Boulevard and "show-off their skills" to a panel of judges who determine a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner!


Lafourche Parish 


When it comes to Mardi Gras spirit, the people and parades of Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou are tough to beat. From the Ambrosia Parade in Thibodaux at the beginning of Carnival season, all the way to the Neptune Parade in Golden Meadow on Fat Tuesday. You will experience Mardi Gras in a way that only the Bayou can provide. Cajuns love to celebrate life, and there is no better time to do that than during Mardi Gras. The smell of barbeques and crawfish boils fill the air as locals and visitors alike gather along the parade routes. And a Cajun never meets a stranger, so don’t be surprised when you are invited to share a plate, a dance or just to pass a good time.

Besides being a spectator at the many parades, a highlight of Mardi Gras is eating king cake. There are a variety of cafes and bakeries in Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou that sell these cakes, which are like giant cinnamon rolls decorated with sugary icing topped off with sugar sprinkles and beads in the three Mardi Gras colors.

If you want to try this delicacy in liquid form, Mudbug Brewery in Thibodaux has created a King Cake Ale that blends the flavors of cinnamon and vanilla into a pale ale. Also in Thibodaux, Donner-Peltier Distiller crafts whisky, gin, vodka, and rum that make interesting bases for Mardi Gras drinks.

Lake Charles/SWLA

Mardi Gras Cajun Coast - Lake Charles


In Southwest Louisiana everyone is invited to get into the Mardi Gras spirit at family-friendly celebrations including Chicken Runs, the Lighted Boat Parade, King Cake Taste Off, and so much more! Witness the Cinderella moment of the season at the Royal Gala where more than 70 krewes will present their royal court, clad in elaborate headpieces and flowing gowns. Visitors can stop by the Mardi Gras Museum, a unique treasure in the Lake Area as it is the largest collection on Mardi Gras costumes on display in the world! To find out more about Mardi Gras in Lake Charles, visit www.visitlakecharles.org/swlamardigras


St. Tammany Parish

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Pooches, boats and floats are on parade in St. Tammany Parish’s fun and family-friendly Mardi Gras. Carnival “krewes” in Madisonville and Slidell decorate water craft in Mardi Gras colors and hurl throws to throngs of parade-goers along the banks. In Olde Towne Slidell and Mandeville, dog lovers parade their pups in wagons and strollers to raise funds for animal care agencies. Nearly 20 more parades from Twelfth Night to Mardi Gras Day roll on sunny days and glittering nights to celebrate the season. Visit www.louisiananorthshore.com/mardi-gras and check out the lineup!

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