Mardi Gras

A Uniquely Lafayette Mardi Gras

Allons a Lafayette, where the music is hotter, the cuisine is spicier and Mardi Gras is friendlier. Enjoy parades, balls, festivals and cultural traditions throughout the season. We call it joie de vivre. You'll call it fun!

Lafayette Parade Map

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Lafayette Mardi Gras 2014 Schedule
February 28 – March 4, 2014

Krewe des Chiens - People Ball
City Club at River Ranch, Lafayette. 7 – 11 p.m. 

Courir de Mardi Gras - Old-Fashion Mardi Gras Run
Vermilionville, 300 Fisher Rd., Lafayette. 

Krewe of Andalusia Mardi Gras Parade
Historic Downtown, 102 W. Main St., New Iberia. 6:30 p.m.

Krewe des Chiens Parade for Dogs
Downtown, Lafayette. 2 p.m. 

Krewe of Carnivale en Rio Mardi Gras Parade
Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette. 6:30 p.m. 

Carencro Mardi Gras Parade
Carencro High to Carencro Community Center. 11 a.m. 

Rotary Club Mardi Gras Ball
Cade Community Center, St. Martinville. 7 p.m. 

Lake Arthur Mardi Gras Parade
Lake Arthur. 2 p.m.

Scott Mardi Gras Parade
City of Scott Louisiana. 1 p.m.

Krewe of Ezana Jeanerette Mardi Gras Parade
Canal, MLK & Main St, Jeanerette. 1 p.m.

Kick Off Parade
Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette. 6:30 p.m. 

Le Festival de Mardi Gras à Lafayette
Live music, carnival midway, local food and parade viewing.
Band line-up includes: Geno Delafose, Frank Foster, Chee Weez,
Corey Ledet, Molly Ringwalds, Ray Boudreaux, Wayne Toups,
Lafayette’s Bayou Boys, Gregg Martinez and more.
Cajun Field, Lafayette. 

Cajun Country Mardi Gras
Downtown Eunice - 2nd Street area 

Mardi Gras at the Market
Lafayette Farmers & Artisans Market, Lafayette. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Children's Parade
Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette. 12:30 p.m. 

Krewe of Bonaparte Mardi Gras Parade
Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette. 6:30 p.m.

Annual Cornucopia Ball
121 S. New Market, St. Martinville. 7 p.m.

Lake Fausse Pointe Mardi Gras Parade
Lake Fausse Pointe State Park, 5400 Levee Rd, St. Martinville. 

Youngsville Mardi Gras Parade
Public Works building to Fountain View, Youngsville.

Mardi Gras Street Dance
Downtown, Eunice 

Jennings Mardi Gras Festival & Parade
Founder's Park, Main Street, Jennings . 337-821-5531

MARCH 1 - 2
Courir de Mardi Gras
Saddle Tramp Club House, Downtown Church Point. 877-783-2109

Old Time Boucherie
Eunice City Hall. 10 a.m. 

Newcomers Mardi Gras Parade
Main Street, St. Martinville. 1 p.m.

Eunice “Little Mardi Gras” (ages 0-16)
Recreation Complex on Sittig Rd., Eunice. 9 a.m. 

MARCH 2 – 4
Carnival D'Acadie (Mardi Gras)
Downtown, Crowley.

Queen's Evangeline’s Parade
Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette. 6 p.m. 

Lundi Gras at the Village
Le Vieux Village, 828 E. Landry St., Opelousas 

Opelousas Lundi Gras Celebration
Opelousas Civic Center, 1638 Creswell Ln., Opelousas. 5:30 - 8 p.m.

Lundi Gras Celebration with Roddie Romero & Marc Broussard
Blue Moon Saloon & Guesthouse, 215 E. Convent St., Lafayette.  

MARCH 4 - Mardi Gras Day!
King's Court
Parc Sans Souci, 201 E. Vermilion St., Lafayette. 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Mardi Gras Show at Clark Field
Clark Field Stadium, Lafayette. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. 

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

Lafayette Mardi Gras Festival Parade
Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette. 1 p.m. 

KADN Fox 15 Independent Parade
Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette. 2 p.m. 

Southwest Mardi Gras Association Pageant & Ball
Heymann Performing Arts Center, Lafayette. 8 p.m.

Grand Marais Mardi Gras Parade
Hwy 90 E. at College Road, Jeanerette.

Krewe of Coteau Mardi Gras Parade
Francis Romero Memorial Park & LA 88, Coteau.

Family Affair Mardi Gras Parade
Main Street Loreauville.

27thTee Mamou-Iota Mardi Gras Folklife Festival
Downtown, Iota.

Krewe Chic-A-La-Pie Mardi Gras Parade
Downtown, Kaplan.

Half Fast Krewe of Frank’s Mardi Gras Parade
East Landry & Bellevue Streets, Opelousas.

Eunice Courir de Mardi Gras
National Guard Armory & Downtown, Eunice. 

Opelousas Downtown Mardi Gras Celebration
Downtown, Opelousas. 

Mamou Mardi Gras
Downtown, Mamou 

Old Fashioned Fais-do-do Barn Dance
Lakeview Park & Beach, Eunice.

Family Friendly Mardi Gras
(Alcohol & Tobacco Free)

Parc Putnam, Lafayette



Frequently Asked Questions

Mardi Gras Dates
March 4, 2014  |  February 17, 2015

The Colors of Mardi Gras
Purple - justice  |  Green - faith  |  Gold - power

King Cake
The history of the King Cake began in 12th century France where the cake would be baked on the eve of Jan. 6 to celebrate the visit to the Christ Child by the three Kings. A small token was hidden in the cake as a surprise for the finder.

Throws, Doubloons, Beads, Cups, and More...
The throwing of trinkets to the crowds was started in the early 1870s by the Twelfth Night Revelers, and is a time-honored expectation for young and old alike. Special throws with the Krewe's emblem become collector's items.

Lafayette's Mardi Gras Timeline
1869 - 1st formal Mardi Gras ball and parade
1897 - King Attakapas (1st Mardi Gras king) was crowned
1934 - Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association was formed. King Gabriel and Queen Evangeline have reigned over Lafayette Mardi Gras ever since.

Courir de Mardi Gras
A rural Mardi Gras celebration that dates back to the earliest days of settlement. With its roots firmly in the medieval tradition of ceremonial begging, bands of masked and costumed horseback riders roam the countryside "begging" for ingredients for their communal gumbo.

Family-friendly Mardi Gras
Lafayette's Mardi Gras offers a family-friendly atmosphere. Families take out their spots along the parade route and float riders love to throw beads and trinkets to children. Hot Tip: If you're from out-of-town, make a sign for the parade, like "Family from Detroit" or "Razorbacks love Mardi Gras". Float riders look for these and welcome non-locals with a shower of beads.

You may park along a side street free of charge, avoiding driveways and private property. Don't be surprised to see "entrepreneurs" along the way to park in a private parking lot near the parade route. If you want to watch the parades from the Mardi Gras Festival, you may park for a fee at Cajun Field and admission to the festival is free.

Safety First

  • Stay behind the barricades while the parade is in progress.
  • Have fun, but realize that lewd behavior or drunkenness can get you arrested.
  • Don't throw things at the float riders.
  • Keep an eye on children.
  • Items are prohibited along the parade route: Weapons, Fireworks, Bicycles, Glass containers, Pets.