VIP Mardi Gras Experience

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.

Mardi Gras VIP

Now your group can experience Mardi Gras in Lafayette, LA like a VIP!  We’ve created a unique FREE experience that has all the revelry of Mardi Gras in a family-friendly atmosphere. The experience includes reserved bus parking, access to our VIP bandstand and viewing area complete with covered seating and private restrooms in the heart of Downtown. In addition to primetime parade viewing, your group will sample king cake, boudin, and sip on Lafayette’s signature cocktail “The Rouler”.

Mardi Gras VIP Tent

Get a taste of a family friendly Mardi Gras experience in the Happiest City in America! Book your Cajun Country VIP Mardi Gras experience by contacting Eugenie Mitchell or Irene Hodge below.

Book Your Group's VIP Experience

Eugenie Mitchell

Vice President of Tourism Sales

Irene Hodge

Tourism & Convention Services Manager

Parade Schedule

Mardi Gras

Saturday Evening
Krewe of Bonaparte Parade

Philip Gould

Tuesday Mid-Day
Lafayette Mardi Gras Festival Parade

2018 Mardi Gras Queen's Parade

Monday Evening
Queen Evangeline’s Parade

Mardi Gras Festival

Tuesday Afternoon
TownSquare Media Independent Parade

Mardi Gras Royalty

Tuesday Morning
King Gabriel’s Parade

Downtown Restaurants

Tula Tacos & Amigos
TULA Tacos & Amigos
Desserts and coffee at Black Cafe in Lafayette, LA
Black Cafe
Jefferson Street Pub
Jefferson Street Pub
Poupart's Bistro

Downtown Shopping

Reflections of Olde Antique Mall
Reflections of Olde Antique Mall
Gallery 549
Gallery 549

Downtown Attractions

ENews Call to Action

Hotels Call to Action

Planner Guide