Only 45 minutes from New Orleans, the Northshore’s Mardi Gras features family-friendly street and boat parades. Witness pooches in Krewe de Paws and decorated lawn mowers in Krewe of Push Mow. Catch our spirit!

Cajun Coast

Experience the parades and fun of Carnival in an authentic small-town atmosphere, where the whole family partakes in the traditional revelry of Fat Tuesday and locals decorate their homes with Mardi Gras flair.

Lake Charles

Revel in the big city pageantry and lavish costumes of Mardi Gras with a family-friendly feel. Boasting more than 60 krewes, Lake Charles is second in the state for krewes participating in Mardi Gras activities.


Mardi Gras is one of Shreveport-Bossier's biggest celebrations of the year. Festivalgoers can expect loads of beads, colorful king cakes in every flavor imaginable, family-friendly parades and glamorous balls.

Pointe Coupee

Pointe Coupee Parish hosts four Mardi Gras parades every year: Livonia, Batchelor and two parades in New Roads. The Community Center of Pointe Coupee Parade is the third-oldest in the state.

Baton Rouge

The Baton Rouge Carnival season stays true to Louisiana’s Mardi Gras roots with a family-friendly flair. Offering something for everyone, the capital city exhibits a variety of exciting Mardi Gras traditions.

Bayou Jean de Jean

To paddle Bayou Jean de Jean just north of the town of Boyce, paddlers can put in at the Corps of Engineers Boyce landing on the Red River. Since both the landing and the entrance to the bayou are in an oxbow, paddlers are not exposed to the river currents. Due to a small log jam, only about two miles of the bayou are passable from the oxbow.

Moonlight Paddle on Cane Bayou

What are Louisiana swamps like at night? What sounds do you hear? What can you see? What is it like to paddle through open ponds and marshes or a maze of bayous, sloughs, slender lakes and rivers with the moon overhead and a symphony of night sounds surrounding you?

Paddling into the wetlands by daylight, eating at sunset and then paddling out by moonlight is a vivid experience. Every sense is alerted as the swamp comes alive with the nighttime sounds of its inhabitants.


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