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01/09/2018 07:00AM ● By Robert Frey

2018 Mardi Gras Calendar

Saturday, Jan. 13

Bayou Mardi Gras Parade Downtown New Iberia
6:30 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
This parade starts at Carencro High and ends by Carencro Community Center. 

Krewe des Chiens Parade for Dogs 

Downtown, Lafayette
2 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.  

Krewe of Adonis Parade
Downtown Morgan City
7 p.m.

Downtown Opelousas Mardi Gras Celebration 

Delta Grand Theatre

120 S Market St., Opelousas
7 - 10 p.m.
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
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
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
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.
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. 

Children’s Parade
Downtown Lafayette
12:30 p.m.
The partial route is from the Lafayette Public Library to Cajundome Boulevard. 

Cypremort Point Parade
Cypremort Point State Park
1 p.m. 

Krewe of Dionysus Parade Downtown Berwick
2 p.m. 

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

4:30 p.m. 

Krewe of Bonaparte Mardi Gras Parade

Downtown Lafayette
6:30 p.m.
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. 

Traditional Mardi Gras

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

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

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.
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.

Krewe of Galatea Parade Downtown Morgan City
2 p.m. 

Eunice Lil’ Mardi Gras
Eunice Rec Complex, 461 Sittig St., Eunice
8 a.m.
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.
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. 

Queen Evangeline’s Parade Downtown Lafayette
6 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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. 

Krewe of Coteau Mardi Gras Parade

Francis Romero Memorial Park & LA 88, Coteau
1 p.m.

Lafayette Mardi Gras 

Festival Parade
Downtown Lafayette
1 p.m.
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.

Krewe of Hephaestus Parade

Morgan City
2 p.m. 

Family Affair Mardi Gras Parade
Main Street, Loreauville
2 p.m.

Sunset Mardi Gras Parade
Downtown Sunset
2 p.m.
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.

Mamou Mardi Gras
Downtown Mamou

Courir de Mardi Gras
Downtown Eunice
Gates open at 8 am with arade at 3 p.m. 
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

King Gabriel’s Parade
Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette
10 a.m.

TownSquare Media
Independent Parade
Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette
2:30  p.m.

Greater Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association Ball (public)

Heymann Performing Arts Center

1373 S College Road, Lafayette
8 p.m. 


Half-Fast Krewe of Frank
Mardi Gras Parade
600 E. Landry St., Opelousas
11 a.m.
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.
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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