South Louisiana is home to the greatest free party on earth, a colorful celebration known as Mardi Gras. In Lafayette, LA residents celebrate in many ways including the traditional Courir de Mardi Gras; parades with marching bands, beads and doubloons; Mardi Gras Indians with elaborate dancing and costumes; various styles of king cakes; as well as extravagant Mardi Gras balls complete with a king and queen. Click the links below for a listing of events by parish.
JAN 27 – Carencro Mardi Gras Parade. Starts at Carencro High ends by Carencro Community Center. 11 a.m. CarencroParade.com.
FEB 2 – Krewe de Canailles Walking Parade. Downtown Lafayette, 7:00 p.m. KreweDeCanailles.com.
FEB 3 – Krewe des Chiens. Downtown, Lafayette. 12 p.m. KreweDesChiens.org.
TBA – Courir de Mardi Gras - Old-Fashion Mardi Gras Run. Vermilionville, 300 Fisher Rd., Lafayette. 337-233-4077, Vermilionville.org.
FEB 3 – Scott Mardi Gras Parade. Scott. 11 a.m. 337-591-0417, ScottsBA.org/Mardi-Gras.
FEB 9-13 – Le Festival de Mardi Gras à Lafayette. Cajun Field, Lafayette. Carnival rides & games, live music, food vendors, parades roll through festival grounds. Times vary. 800-346-1958, GoMardiGras.com.
FEB 9 – "Kick-Off" Parade. Pontiac Point to Cajun Field, Lafayette. 6:30 p.m., 800-346-1958, GoMardiGras.com.
FEB 10 – Children's Parade. Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette. 12:30 p.m. 800-346-1958, GoMardiGras.com.
FEB 10 – Krewe of Bonaparte Mardi Gras Parade. Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette. 6:30 p.m. 800-346-1958, KreweofBonaparte.org.
FEB 10 – Youngsville Mardi Gras Parade. Youngsville. Public Works building to Fountain View. 337-856-4181, Youngsville.us.
FEB 12 – Queen Evangeline’s Parade. Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette. 6 p.m. 800-346-1958, GoMardiGras.com.
FEB 13 – Mardi Gras Show at Miami Moon. Miami Moon, Lafayette. SDFLafayette.org/Events/.
FEB 13 – King Gabriel’s Parade. Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette. 10 a.m. 800-346-1958, GoMardiGras.com.
FEB 13 – Lafayette Mardi Gras Festival Parade. Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette. 1 p.m. 800-346-1958, GoMardiGras.com.
FEB 13 – Independent Parade. Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette. 2:30 p.m. 337-233-6000, GoMardiGras.com.
FEB 13 – Southwest Mardi Gras Association Pageant & Ball. Heymann Performing Arts Center and Frem F. Boustany Convention Center, 1373 S College Rd., Lafayette. 337-291-5540, GoMardiGras.com.
FEB 5 – Annual Sunset Kidz Wagon Parade. Oak Tree Park Dr., Sunset. 1 p.m. 337-322-5374, CajunTravel.com.
FEB 11 – Imperial Mardi Gras Ball. Delta Grand Theatre, 120 S Market St., Opelousas. 7 p.m. 337-948-8004, Facebook.com/OpelousasImperialMardiGras.
FEB 12 – Lebeau Mardi Gras Chicken Run, 103 Lebeau Church Rd., Lebeau. 337-945-4238, CajunTravel.com.
FEB 17 - 21 – Eunice Mardi Gras Celebration. Walnut & 2nd St., Eunice. 337-457-7389, CajunTravel.com.
FEB 18 – Cankton Courir de Mardi Gras, 706 Main St., Cankton. 337-322-5099, Facebook.com/CCCDMG
FEB 19 – Eunice Lil’ Mardi Gras. 461 Sittig St., Eunice. 337-457-7389, CajunTravel.com.
FEB 20 – Lundi Gras Boucherie. Lakeview Park & Beach, 1717 Veterans Memorial Hwy., Eunice. 337-457-2881, CajunTravel.com.
FEB 21 – Opelousas Mardi Gras Parade & Celebration. Parade runs down E Landry, turn left on Liberty and travel back up Vine St. Opelousas. 337-948-8004, CajunTravel.com.
FEB 21 – Courir de Mardi Gras & Chicken Run. 501 Samuel Dr., Eunice. 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. 337-580-3365, CajunTravel.com.
FEB 3 – Bayou Mardi Gras Parade. New Iberia. Family-styled Mardi Gras celebration, on the banks of the Bayou Teche on Historic Main St., 7:00-9:00 p.m. 337-367-2844, IberiaTravel.com.
FEB 12 – Grand Marais Mardi Gras Children’s Dance. Mon Ami, 7304 E Hwy. 90, Jeanerette, 2-6 p.m., Costume judging at 4:30 p.m. Winners will be announced and will ride in the parade. Admission fee. 337-577-5591, Facebook.com/MonAmi.GrandMarais.
FEB 17-20 – Grand Marais Mardi Gras Dances. Mon Ami, 7304 E Hwy. 90, Jeanerette, Fri.-Sat. 9 p.m.-2 a.m., Sun. 7 p.m.-12 a.m., Mon. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Costume judging at 11 p.m. Fri-Sat., and at 10 p.m. Sun-Mon. Admission fee. 337-577-5591, Facebook.com/MonAmi.GrandMarais.
FEB 19 – Grand Marais Mardi Gras Parade. Hwy 90 E at College Rd., Grand Mary. 2-4 p.m. 337-577-5591, IberiaTravel.com.
FEB 21 – Krewe of Coteau Mardi Gras Parade. Francis Romero Memorial Park & LA 88, Coteau. 1 p.m. 337-577-5099, IberiaTravel.com.
FEB 21 – Family Affair Mardi Gras Parade. Main St., Loreauville. 2 p.m. 337-967-4554, IberiaTravel.com.
FEB 17 – Krewe of Adonis. Morgan City. Begins on 2nd Street under the La. 182 bridge and proceeds to Onstead Street continuing down Sixth St. to Marguerite St., Ninth St./Hwy.70, Clothilde to onto Victor II Blvd. and ending at the Morgan City Auditorium on Myrtle St. 7 p.m. CajunCoast.com.
FEB 18 – Baldwin Mardi Gras Parade. Baldwin. Begins on Hwy. 182/Main St. at the Sager-Brown facility, continues down Hwy. 182/Main St., turns left onto Martin Luther King Blvd., turns right on Bollard St., ending at Baldwin Community Center on Bollard St. 1 p.m. 985-380-8224, CajunCoast.com.
FEB 18 – Cypremort Point Boat Parade. Cypremort Point State Park, Hwy. 319. 1 p.m. CajunCoast.com.
FEB 18 – Krewe of Dionysius Parade. Berwick, the procession will line up on Gilmore Drive and turn on John Street, Robicheaux Street, Mount Street, Gilmore Drive, right on La. 182, Tournament Boulevard, Fairview Drive then to Pattie Drive, where it will disband at Berwick Junior High School. CajunCoast.com.
FEB 19 – Krewe of Galatea Parade. Morgan City. Begins on 2nd Street under the La. 182 bridge and proceeds to Onstead Street continuing down Sixth St. to Marguerite St., Ninth St./Hwy.70, Clothilde to onto Victor II Blvd. and ending at the Morgan City Auditorium on Myrtle St. 2 p.m. CajunCoast.com.
FEB 20 – Krewe of Amani Parade. Parade begins at Patterson High School on Hwy. 182/Main St. and continues down Hwy. 182/Main St. to Place Norman Shopping Center. 2 p.m. CajunCoast.com.
Feb 20 – Krewe of Hera Parade. Begins on 2nd Street under the La. 182 bridge and proceeds to Onstead Street continuing down Sixth St. to Marguerite St., Ninth St./Hwy.70, Clothilde to onto Victor II Blvd. and ending at the Morgan City Auditorium on Myrtle St. 7 p.m. CajunCoast.com.
FEB 21 – Franklin Mardi Gras Parade. Franklin. Begins at Franklin Senior High School on Main St., proceeds east on Main St., making a U-turn and then continues onto Willow St. The parade then turns right onto Third St., disbanding at the end of Third St. 1 p.m. CajunCoast.com.
FEB 21 – Krewe of Hephaestus Parade. Morgan City. Begins on the corner of Sixth and Sycamore St., proceeds on Sixth St. to Marguerite St. to Ninth St./Hwy. 70, to Clothilde, to Victor II Blvd. and ending at the Morgan City Auditorium on Myrtle St. 2 p.m. CajunCoast.com.
FEB 21 – Siracusaville Parade. Siracusaville. Participants will line up on Siracusa Road at 1 p.m. and proceed to James Street and Grace Street before ending at the Siracusaville Recreation Center.
FEB TBD – Cornucopia Ball. Children’s and teens’ gala Mardi Gras. Gala with selected theme. 7-11 p.m. 337-789-3592, StMartinville.org.
FEB 19 – Newcomers Club Mardi Gras Festival. S. New Market Street by the Evangeline Oak. 2-10 p.m. 337-380-6051, StMartinville.org.
FEB 20 – Courir des Enfants. Teche Center for the Arts, Breaux Bridge. 10 a.m. Old Mardi Gras tradition of chasing a chicken or chickens around town and collecting gumbo ingredients from residents. The run will conclude with gumbo and music at Teche Center for the Arts.
TBD – Frog-Di Gras in Rayne. 210 Frog Festival Dr, Rayne. 7-11 p.m. A Mardi Gras party celebrating 50 years of Frog Festival; dress code is anything Mardi Gras themed, live music, complimentary gumbo and cash bar. Tickets available at Rayne Chamber of Commerce. 337-334-2332, Raynechamber.net
FEB 11 – Mermentau Cove Courir de Mardi Gras de L'anse. 1174 Lafosse Rd., Morse. Traditional run down the back roads of Mermentau Cove making several stops including private homes and Istre Cemetery. Day ends with a fais do-do and gumbo. 337-356-6045, AcadiaTourism.org.
FEB 18 – Church Point Children’s Courir de Mardi Gras. 1036 E Ebey-Saddle Tramp House, Church Point. Begins 8:30 a.m. Downtown for parade at 12:30 p.m. Awards at 1 p.m. 337-684-2026, AcadiaTourism.org.
FEB 19 – Courir de Mardi Gras in Church Point. 1036 E Ebey-Saddle Tramp House, Church Point. Courir begins at 8 a.m. and ends downtown for a parade at 1:30 p.m. 337-684-2026, AcadiaTourism.org.
FEB 21 – Tee Mamou-Iota Mardi Gras Folklife Festival. Downtown, Iota. Festivities begin at 9 a.m. with a Catholic Mass; followed by live music, folk arts and crafts, Children’s Mardi Gras, and adult parade. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 337-523-6557, IotaMardiGras.com.
FEB 21 – Carnival D'Acadie (Mardi Gras). Downtown, Crowley. Fair, live music and street dance, costume contests, parade. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 337-783-0821, AcadiaTourism.org.
FEB 18 – Mamou Mardi Gras. Downtown, Mamou. 337-468-3175, EvangelineChamber.com.
FEB 21 - No Limit Riders Annual Mardi Gras Run. The riders finish up the run by riding down 6th St. where a band will be set up at the intersection of 6th and Main St.
FEB 21 - Mamou Mardi Gras Parade. 10:00 am. The parade will start at Lyons Market located on Poinciana Ave, and will turn off of Poinciana onto Cajun Dr. ending at the Chevron on 6th St. around 1:30 pm.
FEB 21 – Krewe Chic A La Pie Mardi Gras Parade. Downtown Kaplan. 2 p.m. 337-652-8463, MostCajun.com.
TBD - Welsh’s Mardi Gras Ball. Town of Welsh: 337-734-2231
JAN 28 - Welsh’s In Town Run and Parade. Town of Welsh: 337-734-2231
FEB 4 - Welsh’s Country Run and Parade. Town of Welsh: 337-734-2231
FEB 4 – Lake Arthur Mardi Gras Ball. Lake Arthur. 337-774-2211.
FEB 11 – Lake Arthur Mardi Gras Run & Parade. Lake Arthur. 337-774-2211.
FEB 18 – Elton’s Mardi Gras Run. Austin Bertrand: 337-764-1473
FEB 18 – Jennings Mardi Gras Run & Parade. 337-821-5532, CityOfJennings.com/Events.
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