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Krewes give out throws to the Mardi Gras revelers in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

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Mardi Gras Indians are part of the celebration in Lafayette, Louisiana.

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Mardi Gras in one of the biggest celebrations all year in Louisiana and there is no exception in Cajun Country! Read about Cajun Mardi Gras traditions. Below are selected parades set to roll on Mardi Gras—Fat Tuesday—on February 25, 2020.

Learn about more Mardi Gras events here.

2020 Mardi Gras Parades in Lake Charles

Thursday, February 20

  • Lighted Boat Parade, Lake Front Promenade Lake Charles, 7 p.m.

Friday, February 21

  • Mardi Gras Merchants' Parade, Downtown/Midtown Lake Charles, 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 22

  • Mystical Krewe of Barkus (dog parade), Lake Charles Civic Center, 2 p.m.
  • Krewe of Omega Parade, Downtown Lake Charles, 2 p.m.

Sunday, February 23

  • Mardi Gras Children's Day Parade, Downtown, 3:30 p.m.

Fat Tuesday, February 25

  • Iowa Chicken Run, KC Hall, Iowa, 10 a.m.
  • Second Line Stroll, Downtown Lake Charles, 1 p.m.
  • Jeeps on Parade, Downtown Lake Charles, 2 p.m.
  • Motor Gras Parade, Downtown-Midtown Lake Charles; 3 p.m.
  • Krewe of Krewes' Parade, Downtown-Midtown Lake Charles; 5 p.m.
  • Krewe of Illusions, Lake Charles Civic Center; 7:30 p.m.

Lake Charles and the surrounding area have so many additional Mardi Gras events including cookoffs, dances, balls and more. For a full calendar of Mardi Gras events in Lake Charles and other southwestern Louisiana locations see Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras.

2020 Mardi Gras Parades in Lafayette:

Friday, February 14

  • Krewe de Canailles Walking Parade, Downtown Lafayette, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 15

  • Krewe des Chiens, Downtown Lafayette, 2 p.m.
  • Krewe of Carnivale en Rio Mardi Gras Parade, Downtown Lafayette, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 16

  • Courir de Mardi Gras, Vermilionville (Lafayette)

Saturday, February 22

  • Children's Parade, Downtown Lafayette, 12:30 p.m.
  • Krewe of Bonaparte Mardi Gras Parade, Downtown Lafayette, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, February 24

  • Queen Evangeline's Parade, Downtown Lafayette, 6 p.m.

Fat Tuesday, February 25

  • King Gabriel's Parade, Downtown Lafayette, 10 a.m.
  • Lafayette Mardi Gras Festival Parade, Downtown Lafayette, 1 p.m.
  • Town Square Media Independent Parade, Downtown Lafayette, 2:30 p.m.

The entire Lafayette area, Opelousas, Jeanerette, St. Martinville, Crowley and more, is packed with Mardi Gras celebrations, Cajun Mardi Gras events and don't miss balls, parades and lots of revelry! For even more festivities outside of Lafayette, check the full calendar by visiting the Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission.  Or visit St. Landry Parish for additional event info.

2020 Mardi Gras Parades in the Houma Area:

Friday, February 14

  • Krewe of Hercules, 6 p.m.

Saturday, February 15

  • Krewe of Tee Caillou in Chauvin, 12 p.m.
  • Krewe of Aquarius, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 16

  • Krewe of Hyacinthians, 12 p.m.
  • Krewe of Titans, following Krewe of Hyacinthians

Friday, February 21

  • Krewe of Aphrodite, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 22

  • Krewe of Mardi Gras, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 23

  • Krewe of Terreanians, 1:30 p.m.
  • Krewe of Montegut, 2 p.m.

Monday, February 24

  • Krewe of Cleopatra, 6:30 p.m.

Fat Tuesday, February 25

  • Krewe of Bonne Terre, 11 a.m.
  • Krewe of Houmas, 1 p.m.
  • Krewe of Kajuns following Houmas

For more details of events in the Houma area see HoumaTravel.com.

2020 Mardi Gras Parades in the Morgan City Area:

Friday, February 21

  • Krewe of Adonis Parade, Morgan City, 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 22

  • Cypremort Point Parade, Cypremort Point, 1 p.m.
  • Baldwin Mardi Gras Parade, Baldwin, 1 p.m.
  • Krewe of Dionysus Parade, Bayou Vista, 2 p.m.

Sunday, February 23

  • Krewe of Galatea Parade, Morgan City, 2 p.m.

Monday, February 24

  • Krewe of Amani Parade, Patterson, 2 p.m. 

Fat Tuesday, February 25

  • Franklin Mardi Gras Parade, Franklin, 1 p.m.
  • Krewe of Hephaestus Parade, Morgan City, 2 p.m.

For more details on events in the Morgan City area, see CajunCoast.com.

Mardi Gras is one of the biggest parties on Earth! Get ready with this Beginners Guide to Mardi Gras or learn about the traditions of Cajun Mardi Gras.

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