Mardi Gras Around Louisiana


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.

Included below is a list of highlights of the extensive Mardi Gras carnival season scheduled in Louisiana, focusing on long-running Krewes and those with widespread appeal.

Click on Krewe links for details and parade schedules and dates. Many dates are preliminary, or have not yet been set.

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, is scheduled in Louisiana for Tuesday, February 16, 2021. Parades begin in many years in January.

IMPORTANT NOTE

Concern over the spread of the COVID-19 virus has resulted in the postponement, rescheduling or cancellation of some Mardi Gras 2021 events.

Events are always subject to change. We recommended you contact the responsible event sponsor/krewe to confirm dates, times, parade schedules, routes and other details.

 

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!

 

Where to See Mardi Gras Parades in Louisiana

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:
French Quarter, Uptown, Mid-City, Chalmette, Westbank, Metairie

Krewe of Rex
Krewe of Bacchus
Krewe of Zulu
Krewe of Mid-City
Krewe of Endymion
Truck Parade of Crescent City

Jefferson Parish Mardi Gras
St. Tammany & Northshore Mardi Gras:
Slidell, Pearl River, Mandeville, Covington
Krewe of Olympia
Houma Mardi Gras
Morgan City Mardi Gras
Cajun Bayou Mardi Gras:
Thibodaux, Larose, Golden Meadow, Lockport, Chackbay
Bogalusa Mardi Gras
Baton Rouge Area

Baton Rouge Mardi Gras
Spanish Town Mardi Gras
Krewe of Southdowns
Krewe of Artemis
Krewe of Orion

Krewe of Good Friends of the Oaks Mardi Gras Parade in Port Allen
Plaquemine Mardi Gras
Pointe Coupee Parish Mardi Gras:
New Roads, Livonia, Batchelor
Acadiana & Southwest Louisiana
Lafayette Parish Mardi Gras:
Lafayette, Scott, Youngsville, Carencro
Lake Charles & SW Louisiana Mardi Gras:
Lake Charles, Sulphur, Iowa, Vinton
St Landry Parish Mardi Gras
Cameron Mardi Gras
Iberia Parish Mardi Gras:
New Iberia, Jeanerette, Coteau, Loreauville
Acadia Parish Mardi Gras:
Rayne, Morse, Crowley, Iota, Church Pointe
Iota Tee Mamou Mardi Gras Festival
Vermilion Parish Mardi Gras:
Kaplan and Gueydan
Eunice Mardi Gras
Church Point Mardi Gras
Central Louisiana

Alexandria Mardi Gras

Town of Woodworth Mardi Gras Parade
Maison Rue and Castor Plunge Road
Woodworth, Louisiana
Town of Ball Mardi Gras Parade
North along Highway 165 in Ball from Paradise Elementary to Town Hall

LSUA Mardi Gras Parade
LSUA Campus, 8100 Highway 71 South

Hixson Classic Cars and College Cheerleaders Parade
Downtown Alexandria
Taste of Mardi Gras
Randolph Riverfront Center, 707 Second Street
Mardi Gras Party at the Zoo
Alexandria Zoological Park, 3016 Masonic Drive
Regular admission is charged
Taboo Harley-Davidson Party Gras
2030 North Mall Drive, Alexandria
Free admission
AMGA Annual Children's Parade
Downtown Alexandria
Mardi Gras Alcohol/Tobacco Free Zone
City of Alexandria Youth Softball Complex - Masonic Drive
Free Admission
AMGA Annual Krewe Parade
Grand Marshal - Writer/Director Layon Gray
Finale Royale
Natchitoches Mardi Gras
Leesville Mardi Gras
Woodworth Mardi Gras
North Louisiana
Monroe - West Monroe Mardi Gras
Krewe of Janus

Shreveport - Bossier Mardi Gras

Krewe of Sobek

Krewe of Harambee

Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Pet Parade

Krewe of Centaur

Krewe of Gemini

Krewe of Highland

Webster Parish Mardi Gras:
Minden, Springhill

 

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 16, 2021
  • March 1, 2022
  • February 21, 2023
  • February 13, 2024
  • March 4, 2025
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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