Mardi Gras Insider's Guide

South Louisiana is home to the greatest free party on earth, a colorful celebration known as Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras signals a time of celebration, especially in the heart of Louisiana's Cajun and Creole Country, famous for letting the good times roll, or as the saying goes: laissez les bons temps rouler.
The more common Mardi Gras celebrations span two weekends, with residents celebrating 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.
There is no better way to celebrate than immersing yourself in the rich cultural history, incredible culinary creations, and the distinctive Cajun and Zydeco music scene found in Lafayette. So, head on down to Lafayette to let loose and experience all the revelry of Mardi Gras with this Insider's Guide to Mardi Gras.

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Mardi Gras Parade Schedule

Mardi Gras in Lafayette means two full weeks of events, parades, live music, and king cake. Get the full list of activities schedule at the link below.

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