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Mardi Gras Information





A Uniquely Lafayette Mardi Gras

Allons a Lafayette, where the music is hotter, the cuisine is spicier and Mardi Gras is friendlier. Enjoy parades, balls, festivals and cultural traditions throughout the season. We call it joie de vivre. You'll call it fun!


2013 Lafayette Mardi Gras Schedule:

January 25
Krewe des Chiens - People Ball
River Oaks, Lafayette. 7 p.m. $50 per person

January 27
Courir de Mardi Gras - Old-Fashion Mardi Gras Run
Vermilionville, 300 Fisher Rd., Lafayette. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
$6 for adults, $4 for students (3-18) and 3 & under enter free.
February 2
Carencro Mardi Gras Parade
Starts at Carencro High. Ends by Carencro Community Center
Krewe des Chiens Parade for Dogs
Downtown, Lafayette. 2 p.m.
Krewe of Carnivale en Rio Mardi Gras Parade
Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette. 6:30 p.m.
February 3
Scott Mardi Gras Parade
City of Scott Louisiana. 1 p.m.
February 8
Friday Night Parade
Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette. 6:30 p.m.
February 8-12
Le Festival de Mardi Gras a Lafayette
Cajun Field, Lafayette.
Carnival midway, native Cajun foods and an outstanding line-up of live entertainment. To make the festival a complete Mardi Gras experience, all of Lafayette's parades roll through the festival grounds.
Band Schedule:
  • Friday: Jamie Bergeron and the Kickin Cajuns ~ Jaryd Lane ~ Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie
  • Saturday: Chee Weez ~ Tip Tops ~ Lil' Nate & the Zydeco Big Timers ~ Caleb Elliott
  • Sunday: Drowning Pool ~ Meriwether ~ Joseph Aranza ~ Lil Wayne & Same Ole 2 Step ~ The Mercy Brothers
  • Monday: Wayne Toups ~ MacKenzie Bourg ~ Nik-L-Beer ~ Leon Chavis and Louisiana's Kids
  • Tuesday: Chubby Carrier ~ The Joel Martin Project ~ Lee Benoit
February 9
Children's Parade
Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette. 12:30 p.m.
Krewe of Bonaparte Mardi Gras Parade
Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette. 6:30 p.m.
Youngsville Mardi Gras Parade
Public Works building to Fountain View, Youngsville. 11 a.m.
February 11
Queen's Parade
Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette. 6 p.m.
February 12 – Mardi Gras Day!
King's Court Mardi Gras at Parc Sans Souci
Parc Sans Souci, 201 E. Vermilion St., Lafayette
Costume contest with prizes in various categories, live music throughout the day.
King's Parade
Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette. 10 a.m.
Lafayette Mardi Gras Festival Parade
Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette. 1 p.m.
The Independent Parade
Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette. 2 p.m.
Mardi Gras Show at Clark Field
Clark Field Stadium, Lafayette.
Upper Lafayette's cultural diversity in on "display." Experience music, food, designers, dancers and fun.
Southwest Mardi Gras Association Pageant & Ball
Heymann Performing Arts Center and Frem F. Boustany Convention Center, Lafayette.

Mardi Gras FAQ

Mardi Gras Dates
March 4, 2014 | February 17, 2015

The Colors of Mardi Gras
Purple - justice | Green - faith | Gold - power

King Cake
The history of the King Cake began in 12th century France where the cake would be baked on the eve of Jan. 6 to celebrate the visit to the Christ Child by the three Kings. A small token was hidden in the cake as a surprise for the finder.

Throws, Doubloons, Beads, Cups, and More...
The throwing of trinkets to the crowds was started in the early 1870s by the Twelfth Night Revelers, and is a time-honored expectation for young and old alike. Special throws with the Krewe?s emblem become collector?s items.

Lafayette's Mardi Gras Timeline
1869 - 1st formal Mardi Gras ball and parade
1897 - King Attakapas (1st Mardi Gras king) was crowned
1934 - Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association was formed. King Gabriel and Queen Evangeline have reigned over Lafayette Mardi Gras ever since.

Courir de Mardi Gras
A rural Mardi Gras celebration that dates back to the earliest days of settlement. With its roots firmly in the medieval tradition of ceremonial begging, bands of masked and costumed horseback riders roam the countryside "begging" for ingredients for their communal gumbo.

Family-friendly Mardi Gras
Lafayette's Mardi Gras offers a family-friendly atmosphere. Families take out their spots along the parade route and float riders love to throw beads and trinkets to children. Hot Tip: If you're from out-of-town, make a sign for the parade, like "Family from Detroit" or "Razorbacks love Mardi Gras". Float riders look for these and welcome non-locals with a shower of beads.

You may park along a side street free of charge, avoiding driveways and private property. Don't be surprised to see "entrepreneurs" along the way to park in a private parking lot near the parade route. If you want to watch the parades from the Mardi Gras Festival, you may park for a fee at Cajun Field and admission to the festival is free.

Safety First

  • Stay behind the barricades while the parade is in progress.
  • Have fun, but realize that lewd behavior or drunkenness can get you arrested.
  • Don't throw things at the float riders.
  • Keep an eye on children.
  • Items are prohibited along the parade route: Weapons, Fireworks, Bicycles, Glass
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