In Alexandria/Pineville, discover Mardi Gras family fun in the heart of Louisiana. Experience the parades that include a night parade and a children's parade and excite your taste buds at the Taste of Mardi Gras.


Minden celebrates its German heritage with Fasching, the German version of Mardi Gras. A family-friendly parade follows a day of carnival rides, clowns, stilt walkers and face painting.

Jeff Davis

Come and watch us chase chickens to catch for our gumbo! Family-friendly events include parades, Courir de Mardi Gras, Annual Squeezebox Shootout Cajun Accordion Championship, Gumbo Cook-Off and much more.

Iberia Parish

Savor the difference in Iberia Parish with unique Mardi Gras events such as the Grand Marais in Jeanerette where the elaborate revelry includes an ugly costume contest.


Don’t miss the family fun at Mardi Gras in Monroe-West Monroe with parades, shopping, music and more!

St. Landry Parish

St. Landry Parish continues the generations-old tradition of Courir de Mardi Gras in Eunice, chicken run included. Nearby Opelousas and Sunset have Tuesday parades, and Opelousas hosts a Monday Lundi Gras party.


Natchitoches Krewe of Dionysus parade has rolled for 20 years and features more than a dozen super floats, marching bands and lots of throws including beads, cups and specialty items.


Mardi Gras is a time to let loose and celebrate. Experience the excitement and revelry of a family-friendly Mardi Gras in Lafayette with two weekends of parades, festivals, live music, balls and more.


Only 40 minutes from New Orleans, the Northshore’s Mardi Gras is family-friendly, positive fun. Catch our spirit with a variety of street, boat and dog parades. There's even a krewe of decorated lawnmowers!

Cajun Coast

Enjoy the parades, pageantry and fun of Carnival in an authentic, small-town atmosphere. The whole family can participate in the traditional revelry of Fat Tuesday. Mardi Gras packages available.


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