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.

Lake Charles

The king cakes, parades and glitzy costumes of Lake Charles Mardi Gras all add to the mystique and splendor of the second-largest celebration in the state.


Shreveport-Bossier throws the best family-friendly Mardi Gras. From grand balls to authentic Cajun food and dazzling parades, there’s a way for everyone to celebrate Mardi Gras in Shreveport-Bossier.

Pointe Coupee

Parades held in Pointe Coupee Parish the week of Mardi Gras include the Livonia Carnival Association, Lundi Gras, the Community Center of Pointe Coupee and the New Roads Lions Club. Catch them all!

Baton Rouge

Mardi Gras in Baton Rouge offers many family-friendly—and even pet-friendly—parades and new traditions full of lively crowds and an exciting atmosphere.

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.


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