Family-Friendly Mardi Gras Events in Louisiana
Mardi Gras 2021 is here and there are so many family-friendly Mardi Gras parades and activities, you'll find the perfect revelry for every age.
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Nothing gets Louisianians together like a good party. And with the official beginning of Mardi Gras season, you’ll find plenty of ways to celebrate with the kids and grown-ups alike all the way up until Fat Tuesday on February 16, 2021.
2021 Family-Friendly Mardi Gras Events
Greater New Orleans Area
Feb. : Krewe of Bilge Parade — All aboard! Head just a few miles east of New Orleans, where the Krewe of Bilge boat parade goes through the canals of Slidell. The family will love seeing the decorated boats, where krewe members toss out beads (or “throws”) and commemorative Carnival treasures. The 2019 theme is “What’s on TV?”. Learn more the Krewe of Bilge Parade.
Feb. : Family Gras — Head to Jefferson Parish’s family-centric Mardi Gras experience. Family Gras is a free event perfect for the whole family. You can enjoy the spectacle of Mardi Gras parades, authentic local cuisine, local art, a Kids' Court and outdoor concerts by both national artists and Louisiana favorites! Learn more about Family Gras outside New Orleans.
Feb.: Krewe of Tchefuncte Parade — There are floats, and then there are floats. This boat parade goes down the Tchefuncte River in downtown Madisonville, a city famous for its wooden boats. Bring the kids down to the waterfront for a memorable afternoon.
Feb.: Krewe of Barkus Parade — New Orleans’ French Quarter goes to the dogs at this annual event, where dogs and their owners dress up in cute, crazy costumes. It's a blast for kids and adults alike because who doesn't like adorable animals dressed to the nines!
March : Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws Parade — An outlier parade if there ever was one, this pet parade is perhaps Louisiana’s only Mardi Gras event to occur after Fat Tuesday. Head to the downtown lakefront in Mandeville at 12:30 p.m. to see parading pups in costume.
Plantation Country Family-Friendly Mardi Gras
Feb. : CAWWS Mystic Krewe of Mutts Parade — The Krewe of Mutts asks you to “BARK your calendars” for this hilariously aww-inspiring event (or paw-inspiring, if you will). This is a fundraising celebration for a local nonprofit’s spay/neuter program that features costumed pups parading through downtown Baton Rouge. Food vendors are on-site, too, so come hungry! Learn more about CAWWS Mutts Parade.
Cajun Country Family Fun for Mardi Gras
March : Children’s Parade and Krewe of Bonaparte Parade — Lafayette goes big with its Mardi Gras festivities, and two of the family-friendly highlights are held on March 2. The Children’s Parade kicks off at 12:30pm in downtown Lafayette, and is followed by the illustrious Krewe of Bonaparte later in the evening. These are far from the only parades, though. An old-fashioned Courir de Mardi Gras takes place in Vermilionville on Feb. 17, and is followed by many others. Get the full Lafayette Mardi Gras event calendar.
March : Parade of Paws and Lil’ Mardi Gras — Eunice, Louisiana, is one of the small Cajun Country towns where the culture is alive as ever. Mardi Gras celebrations run from March 1 to 5, with the family- and pet-friendly Parade of Paws parade happening downtown at 3 p.m. March 2 and the Lil’ Mardi Gras run happening at 9 a.m. March 3. See more scheduled events.
March: Courir des Enfants and Lundi Gras Party — Come to Parc des Pont in Breaux Bridge at 9:30 a.m. sharp to catch this rollicking, festive children’s Mardi Gras parade. Kids dress in costumes and play Cajun music, and “begging” for gumbo ingredients at homes along the Bayou Teche on Washington Street. Learn more by visiting cajuncountry.org.
March : Grand Marais Mardi Gras Parade — This rural Mardi Gras parade in the heart of Cajun Country takes place at the corner of Highway 90 and College Road in Jeanerette. It’s a family-oriented event with floats, bands, and an “ugly costume” contest that is not to be missed.
March : Carnival d' Acadie Mardi Gras — Live music, parades, street dancing and tasty Cajun food are part of the Mardi Gras merriment happening in downtown Crowley. The party kicks off at noon.
Crossroads Area Family-Friendly Mardi Gras
March : AMGA Children’s Parade — The reigning Miss Teen Louisiana is the Grand Marshal of this annual parade that rolls through Alexandria. Find the floats lined along Texas Avenue in downtown Alexandria at 2 p.m., and along a parade route that ends at Alexandria Mall. Learn more.
Sportsman’s Paradise Family-Friendly Mardi Gras Activities
Feb. : Krewe of Janus Parade — In Monroe, this parade began with a bang back in 1984, with an estimated 35,000 revelers in attendance. The party’s only gotten bigger ever since, with dozens of floats and marching bands, and crowds that exceed 175,000 (way more than the populations of Monroe and West Monroe themselves!). The 2019 parade route crosses the Ouachita River that joins the two cities, and rolls through downtown Monroe. Find more info about Monroe's Krewe of Janus Parade.
Feb. : Krewe of Janus Children’s Mardi Gras Parade — The theme of this parade, held at the Pecanland Mall in Monroe, is “Under the Big Top.” The family will love seeing these circus-themed floats and the colorful costumes.
Feb. : Krewe of PAWS Mardi Gras Parade — This pet parade rolls through West Monroe’s Antique Alley, and is a benefit for PAWS of North East Louisiana’s spay/neuter program. Get in the Mardi Gras spirit and party for a good cause at this parade.
Feb. : Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Parade — Shreveport goes to the dogs (literally) at this pet parade. Head to Old Reeves Marine at noon to see the pups strut their stuff, and feel free to bring your own. Register your dog for the parade, and learn more about Shreveport-Bossier City Mardi Gras festivities.