Louisiana Mardi Gras 2023


Mardi Gras in New Orleans
Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Mardi Gras is celebrated in cities and towns all around Louisiana, from north to south, east to west. Whether you plan to celebrate Fat Tuesday in New Orleans, Lafayette, Shreveport, Lake Charles or dozens of other locations, Louisiana has a parade, concert, festival and other fun events for you!

This magnificent, costumed, beaded and feathered carnival is rich with tradition and is all about having a good time! The traditional Mardi Gras colors, dating back to 1892, are purple (justice), green (faith) and gold (power).

Mardi Gras is always on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. The day before Mardi Gras is known as Shrove Monday or Lundi Gras.

Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, will next be celebrated in Louisiana on Tuesday, February 21, 2023. Parades will begin in many locations in January.

Throw me something mister!

Beads in the air at Mardi Gras ... these cheap strings of multi-colored beads have been thrown from floats to eager parade-goers for decades. Also thrown from floats are the coin-like plastic or wooden "doubloons".

Throw me something mister!

 

Highlights of Louisiana Mardi Gras Parade Locations

Included below is a list of highlights of the extensive Mardi Gras carnival season in areas around Louisiana. You can also view more Mardi Gras information via the official State of Louisiana travel website, at LouisianaTravel.com

Parades and events are always subject to change. We recommend you check with individual parade krewes/sponsors to determine the latest parade schedules, routes, times and other information.

New Orleans & Southeast Louisiana

New Orleans Area Mardi Gras

Jefferson Parish Mardi Gras
St. Tammany & Northshore Mardi Gras
Houma Mardi Gras at ExploreHouma.com
Cajun Bayou Mardi Gras:
Thibodaux, Larose, Golden Meadow, Lockport, Chackbay
Baton Rouge Area

Baton Rouge Mardi Gras at VisitBatonRouge.com

Pointe Coupee Parish Mardi Gras:
New Roads, Livonia, Batchelor
Acadiana & Southwest Louisiana
Mardi Gras at LafayetteTravel.com and Greater Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association
Parishes of Lafayette, St. Landry, Iberia, St. Mary, St. Martin, Acadia, Evangeline, Vermilion and Jefferson Davis
Lake Charles & SW Louisiana Mardi Gras:
Lake Charles, Sulphur, Iowa, Vinton
St Landry Parish Mardi Gras
Iberia Parish Mardi Gras:
New Iberia, Jeanerette, Coteau, Loreauville
Iota Tee Mamou Mardi Gras Festival
Vermilion Parish Mardi Gras:
Kaplan and Gueydan
Eunice Mardi Gras
Central Louisiana

Alexandria Mardi Gras Association

Natchitoches Mardi Gras
Leesville Mardi Gras
North Louisiana

Shreveport - Bossier Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras at the Monroe - West Monroe Convention & Visitors Bureau
Desoto Parish Mardi Gras:
Mansfield, Logansport
Webster Parish Mardi Gras:
Minden, Springhill

For More Louisiana Mardi Gras Information, Events and Details

Louisiana Office of Tourism - LouisianaTravel.com

 

Parades and events are always subject to change. We recommend you check with individual parade krewes/sponsors to determine the latest parade schedules, routes, times and other information.

Mardi Gras fun in downtown New Orleans
Mardi Gras fun in downtown New Orleans

 


Mardi Gras King Cakes

Long a Mardi Gras tradition, the King Cake is made from a rich dough and filled with cream cheese, cinnamon, chocolate, or other goodies. It is topped with a glaze and sprinkles, in the Mardi Gras colors or gold, green, and purple.

There is traditionally a small baby inside the cake ... whoever gets the baby in their piece of the King Cake gets the honor of bringing the next cake to the party or office!

It's just not Mardi Gras without a King Cake!
It's just not Mardi Gras without a king cake!

 

Mardi Gras Dates in Upcoming Years

New Orleans ... famous for Mardi GrasNew Orleans ... famous for Mardi Gras

Calculating future Mardi Gras dates really isn't that complicated!

Easter is on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox. The date can range from March 23 to April 25. Ash Wednesday is 46 days before Easter, and Fat Tuesday is always the day before Ash Wednesday.

With that said, here is a list of the next five Mardi Gras dates:

  • February 21, 2023
  • February 13, 2024
  • March 4, 2025
  • February 17, 2026
  • February 9, 2027
Louisiana Mardi Gras Parade
Mardi Gras in Shreveport
(Courtesy of Shreveport-Bossier
Convention & Tourist Bureau)

Mardi Gras in Shreveport, Louisiana
Mardi Gras in Baton Rouge
(Courtesy of Baton Rouge
Downtown Development District)
Mardi Gras in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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