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01/09/2018 07:00AM ● Published by Robert Frey

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2018 Mardi Gras Calendar

Saturday, Jan. 13

Bayou Mardi Gras Parade Downtown New Iberia
6:30 p.m.
www.IberiaTravel.com
A family styled Mardi Gras Celebration, on the banks of the Bayou Teche on Historic Main Street New Iberia.


Saturday, Jan. 20

Mardi Gras 5K
Cabbage Patch Lot - 2300 Johnston St., Lafayette
8 a.m.
www.MardiGrasLafayette.com
The annual race benefits the Greater Southwest Mardi Gras Association and includes an after-race party with food, drinks and a live DJ.

Sunday, Jan. 28

Krewe of Ezana Parade
Downtown Jeanerette
1 - 3 p.m.
www.LafayetteTravel.com
Enjoy a Mardi Gras parade with marching bands, dance groups, Mardi Gras royalty and lots of throws.

Saturday, Feb. 3

Carencro Mardi Gras Parade 

Downtown Carencro

11 a.m.
337-896-4147
www.Carencro.org
This parade starts at Carencro High and ends by Carencro Community Center. 


Krewe des Chiens Parade for Dogs 

Downtown, Lafayette
2 p.m.
www.ParadeforDogs.org
This is a Mardi Gras event for the whole family. Join the fun and walk your dog in the parade. Costumes encouraged but not required. Open to all breeds, sizes and origins of dogs; $25 registration fee in advance; $35 day of parade.


Krewe of Carnivale en Rio Mardi Gras Parade

Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette
6:30 p.m.
337-984-6522,
www.RioLafayette.com
The Krewe of Carnivale en Rio Parade is known for colorful floats, rocking bands and some of the best beads and throws in Acadiana. The Rio parade rolls each year two Saturdays before Mardi Gras.


3rd Annual Courir de Mardi Gras de L’anse/Mermentau Cove

1174 Lafosse Road, Morse
8 a.m.
www.AcadiaTourism.org
This traditional, Cajun Mardi Gras run will roll down the back roads of Mermentau Cove, making several stops including private homes and Istre Cemetery. Then, finish off the day with a fais do-do and gumbo, which all are invited to attend.


Sunday, Feb. 4

Scott Mardi Gras Parade
Downtown Scott
1 p.m.
337-269-5155
www.LafayetteTravel.com
This parade travels through the city with many throws, floats and family fun. The Begnaud House will be hosting a family friendly jam session beginning at 10 a.m.


Friday, Feb. 9   

Krewe de Canailles Walking Parade 

Downtown Lafayette
6:30 p.m.
www.LafayetteTravel.com  


Krewe of Adonis Parade
Downtown Morgan City
7 p.m.
www.CajunCoast.com


Downtown Opelousas Mardi Gras Celebration 

Delta Grand Theatre

120 S Market St., Opelousas
7 - 10 p.m.
337-948-6263
www.CajunTravel.com
Get into the carnival spirit with live music Cajun and zydeco music by Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie and a contest for the best Mardi Gras costume with prizes to be given away. This event is dedicated to preserving and promoting the distinct Cajun and Creole roots that are traced back to the city’s rich history. 


Feb. 9 - 11 

Lil Nate’s L’Argent Trailride,
Chicken Run & Parade
Yambilee Arena, 1939 W Landry St., Opelousas
337-319-0639
www.CajunTravel.com
It’s a Mardi Gras weekend in Opelousas with parades, a chicken run and zydeco headliners including Lil Nate, Chris Ardoin, Brian Jack and Leon Chavis. 


Feb. 9 - 13

Le Festival de Mardi Gras a Lafayette
Cajun Field, Lafayette
800-346-1958.
www.GoMardiGras.com
Enjoy carnival rides and games, live music, food vendors and of course parades that roll through the festival grounds. 

Cajun Country Mardi Gras

Downtown Eunice
337-457-7389
www.CajunTravel.com
Throughout the weekend, experience the town’s rural traditions with jam sessions, street dances, cooking demos, Mardi Gras exhibits, Courir de Mardi Gras procession or “chicken run” and a special Liberty Theater show. A Lil’ Mardi Gras run for children and teenagers is held Sunday as well as an old time boucherie.  


Saturday, Feb. 10

Youngsville Mardi Gras Parade 

Downtown Youngsville
11 a.m.
337-856-4181
www.LafayetteTravel.com
This family friendly parade to celebrate Mardi Gras will begin at Fountainview Drive and end at the Youngsville Sports Complex.


Baldwin Mardi Gras Parade

Downtown Baldwin 

11 a.m.
www.CajunCoast.com 


Children’s Parade
Downtown Lafayette
12:30 p.m.
800-346-1958
www.GoMardiGras.com
The partial route is from the Lafayette Public Library to Cajundome Boulevard. 


Cypremort Point Parade
Cypremort Point State Park
1 p.m.
www.CajunCoast.com 


Krewe of Dionysus Parade Downtown Berwick
2 p.m.
www.CajunCoast.com 


Jennings Mardi Gras Festival & Parade
Founder’s Park, 341 N. Main St.,
Jennings 

337-821-5532
4:30 p.m.
www.LafayetteTravel.com 


Krewe of Bonaparte Mardi Gras Parade

Downtown Lafayette
6:30 p.m.
800-346-1958
www.GoMardiGras.com
Full route from Surrey/Jefferson to Bertrand/Cajun Field into Fairgrounds


Mardi Gras at the Market
Moncus Park at the Horse Farm, Lafayette
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
www.MardiGrasLafayette.com 


Traditional Mardi Gras
Festivities 

Jean Lafitte Center, Eunice
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
www.MardiGrasLafayette.com 


3rd Annual Rayne Mardi
Gras Parade & Celebration
Downtown Rayne
3 p.m.
www.AcadiaTourism.org 


Feb. 10- 11

Saddle Tramp Riding Club Children’s Courir du Mardi Gras
Saddle Tramp Clubhouse, 1036 E. Ebey St., Church Point
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Sunday: 8 a.m.; Parades at 1 p.m.
877-783-2109
www.ChurchPointMardiGras.com
This Mardi Gras Run is for children ages 14 years and under. Admission is $10. No Horses or Alcohol Allowed on Children’s Mardi Gras Run. The run begins at 10 a.m. followed by the Children’s Courir de Mardi Gras Main Street Parade at 1 p.m.


Sunday, Feb. 11

Henderson Mardi Gras Parade 

Downtown Henderson 

12:30 p.m.
www.MardiGrasLafayette.com


Krewe of Galatea Parade Downtown Morgan City
2 p.m.
www.CajunCoast.com 

Eunice Lil’ Mardi Gras
Eunice Rec Complex, 461 Sittig St., Eunice
8 a.m.
337-457-7389
www.CajunTravel.com
This traditional rural Mardi Gras celebration is based on early begging rituals where riders donned in traditional costumes, masks and hats ride horseback from house to house soliciting “donations” of food items to culminate in a community wide gumbo. The run is held for children and teens ages 0-14. Admission is $15 per child.


Feb. 12 - 13

18th Carnival d’ Acadie (Mardi Gras)
Downtown Crowley
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
www.Crowley-La.com
The Heart of Cajun Prairie invites everyone to a Mardi Gras celebration “Rice City Style” on Fat Tuesday with live music, food, costume contests, carnival rides, parades and more. No ice chests on carnival grounds. Carnival Rides start from 5 - 10 p.m. For more information contact City Hall at 783-0824.


Monday, Feb. 12  (Lundi Gras)

Krewe of Amani Parade
Downtown Patterson
2 p.m.
www.CajunCoast.com 


Queen Evangeline’s Parade Downtown Lafayette
6 p.m.
800-346-1958
www.GoMardiGras.com
This newly combined parade consists of many men’s and women’s krewes. The full route is from Surrey/Jefferson to Bertrand/Cajun Field into Fairgrounds. 


Lundi Gras Boucherie
Lakeview Park & Beach, 1717 Veterans Memorial Hwy., Eunice
8 a.m.
337-457-2881
www.CajunTravel.com
The long tradition of the old time boucherie began as a way to survive the winter months with plenty of meat. Today, it is a community celebration that begins early in the morning with the butchering of the hog. The meat is then prepared for dishes such as boudin, boudin rouge, cracklin, backbone stew and ponce. Live music starts at 12 p.m. Free admission, but tickets needed for food.


Fat Tuesday, Feb. 13 (Mardi Gras)

King Gabriel’s Parade
Downtown Lafayette
10 a.m.
www.GoMardiGras.com
The full route is from Surrey/Jefferson to Bertrand/Cajun Field into Fairgrounds. 


Grand Marais Mardi Gras Parade

Hwy 90 E at College Road, Jeanerette
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
337-365-8185
www.IberiaTravel.com
Enjoy a family-oriented Mardi Gras parade with floats, bands, dance groups, Mardi Gras royalty, Grand Marshal, elaborate and colorful costumes and tons of beads and throws. 


Franklin Mardi Gras Parade
Downtown Franklin
1 p.m.
www.CajunCoast.com 


Krewe of Coteau Mardi Gras Parade

Francis Romero Memorial Park & LA 88, Coteau
1 p.m.
337-577-5099
www.IberiaTravel.com


Lafayette Mardi Gras 

Festival Parade
Downtown Lafayette
1 p.m.
800-346-1958
www.GoMardiGras.com
The full route is from Surrey/Jefferson to Bertrand/Cajun Field Fairgrounds.


Krewe Chic-A-La-Pie Mardi Gras Parade
Downtown Kaplan
2 p.m.
337-643-6554
www.LafayetteTravel.com 


Krewe of Hephaestus Parade

Morgan City
2 p.m.
www.CajunCoast.com 


Family Affair Mardi Gras Parade
Main Street, Loreauville
2 p.m.
337-229-6001
www.IberiaTravel.com 


Sunset Mardi Gras Parade
Downtown Sunset
2 p.m.
337-322-5374
www.CajunTravel.com
Once one of the largest Mardi Gras celebrations in the area, Sunset brings the carnival season activities back. This event will feature a parade, local food vendors, face painting and more. Route begins behind Janise’s Supermarket on the I-49 Service Road. 


Basile Mardi Gras Run
Downtown Basile
7 a.m. with Fais Do Do at 2 p.m.
www.MardiGrasLafayette.com


Mamou Mardi Gras
Downtown Mamou
337-468-3175
www.LafayetteTravel.com 


Courir de Mardi Gras
Downtown Eunice
Gates open at 8 am with arade at 3 p.m.
www.CajunTravel.com 
The Eunice Courir de Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday Run) is based on early begging rituals where riders go from house to house soliciting “donations” of food items to culminate in a community-wide gumbo. Registration begins at 6 a.m. at the Northwest Community Center and is required for the adult and youth chicken runs. Find out more at more at www.Eunice-La.com


King Gabriel’s Parade
Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette
10 a.m.
800-346-1958
www.GoMardiGras.com


TownSquare Media
Independent Parade
Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette
2:30  p.m.
337-237-1500
www.GoMardiGras.com.

Greater Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association Ball (public)

Heymann Performing Arts Center

1373 S College Road, Lafayette
8 p.m. 

337-291-5540
www.MardiGrasLafayette.com


Half-Fast Krewe of Frank
Mardi Gras Parade
600 E. Landry St., Opelousas
11 a.m.
337-351-6943
www.CajunTravel.com.
This parade has earned a reputation for being family friendly with at least 30 floats, lots of beads, marching bands and dance troupes. Once the parade is over, the street party begins and will last until 6 p.m. 


31st Tee Mamou-Iota
Mardi Gras
(Folklife Festival)Duson Avenue (Hwy 98),
Downtown Iota
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
337-523-6557
www.AcadiaTourism.org
Enjoy a young musicians tent, folk craft booths, food (mostly Cajun) and a great parade along with live Cajun & Zydeco bands including Leroy Thomas, Scotty Pousson and Blake Miller.


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