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

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 13, 2018.

Learn about more Mardi Gras events here.

Lake Charles Mardi Gras 2018 Parade Schedule

Thursday, February 8, 2018

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

Friday, February 9, 2018

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

Saturday, February 10, 2018

  • Mystical Krewe of Barkus (dog parade), Lake Charles Civic Center; 3 p.m.
  • Mardi Gras Children's Day Parade, Downtown; 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

  • 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.
  • Krewe of Omega 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.

Lafayette Mardi Gras 2018 Parade Schedule:

Saturday, February 3, 2018

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

Friday, February 9, 2018

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

Saturday, February 10, 2018

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

Sunday, February 11, 2018

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

Fat Tuesday, February 13, 2018

  • King Gabriel's Parade, Lafayette, 10 a.m.
  • Lafayette Mardi Gras Festival Parade, Lafayette, 1 p.m.
  • Town Square Independent Parade, 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 and fests. 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.

Houma Area Mardi Gras 2018 Schedule:

Friday, February 2, 2018

  • Krewe of Hercules, 2 p.m.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

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

Sunday, February 4, 2018

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

Friday, February 9, 2018

  • Krewe of Aphrodite, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

  • Krewe of Mardi Gras, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

  • Krewe of Terreanians, 12:30 p.m.
  • Krewe of Montegut, 2 p.m.

Monday, February 12, 2018

  • Krewe of Cleopatra, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

  • Krewe of Houmas, 11 a.m.
  • Krewe of Kajuns following Houmas
  • Krewe of Bonne Terre, 4 p.m.

For more details of events in the Houma area see

Morgan City Area Mardi Gras 2018 Schedule 

Friday, February 9

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

Saturday, February 10

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

Sunday, February 11

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

Monday, February 12

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

Fat Tuesday, February 13

  • 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

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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