Mardi Gras season is officially underway, with parades and festivities rolling through Fat Tuesday, Feb. 13. 

Baton Rouge and Lafayette are sure to have a parade that fits any personality. And if you're in a small town in south Louisiana, don't worry — there's sure to be a Carnival-style celebration in your area, too. 

Here's a list of parades, parties and other Mardi Gras events planned from the capital city to smaller cities in Cajun country. 


KREWE OF OMEGA PARADE: 6:30 p.m., from Southeastern Louisiana University's campus to downtown and back, Hammond.

KREWE OF ARTEMIS PARADE: 7 p.m., downtown Baton Rouge. The 16th annual event. Watch out for throws of signature high heels.


BEADS AND BARRE BABES ON THE RUN: 9 a.m. to noon, Happy's, 136 Third St., Baton Rouge. A fun-run and 5K in downtown Baton Rouge. $45 registration.

CLINTON MARDI GRAS PARADE: Lineup starts at 9 a.m., East Feliciana Middle School, 10410 Plank Road, Clinton. 

CARENCRO MARDI GRAS PARADE: Lineup starts at 6 a.m., parade rolls at 11 a.m., Carencro High School, 721 W. Butcher Switch Road.

GNARLY GRAS: Noon to 5 p.m., Gnarly Barley Brewing, 1709 Corbin Road, Hammond. Featuring specialty casks of beer, music from Casey Saba and the Beanstalks, and food from Gulf Coast Crawfish Co.

KREWE OF DIVERSION: Noon. Manny's Bar, 19706 La. 22, Maurepas. An annual boat parade, led by grand marshal Ashley Fruge, of WBRZ. Proceeds benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. For more information, call David or Vivian Stevens at (225) 939-2135 or (225) 324-5695. 

ADDIS VOLUNTEER FIREMEN'S PARADE: 1 p.m. The 56th annual event's theme is "Blast from the Past."

KREWE OF MYSTIQUE PARADE: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., downtown Baton Rouge. A family-friendly parade celebrating its 39th year in the capital city and featuring a float devoted to community veterans.

KREWE OF DENHAM SPRINGS PARADE: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Denham Springs High School, 1000 N. Range Ave.

KREWE OF ORION PARADE: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., downtown Baton Rouge. This year's theme is “Orion’s Time Travels.”

KREWE OF CARNIVALE EN RIO PARADE: 1 p.m. pre-parade party for members, 6:30 p.m. parade rolls, downtown Lafayette to Cajun Field. Inspired by Carnivale celebrations of Rio de Janeiro.

CAJUN FRENCH MARDI GRAS DANCE: 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., UCT Baton Rouge Council No. 499, 11175 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge. Enjoy a night of dancing and Cajun music. Costumes optional.

SPANISH TOWN MARDI GRAS KING & QUEEN PARTY: 7 p.m., The Station Sports Bar and Grill, 4608 Bennington Ave., Baton Rouge. Featuring records spun by DJ 2EZ and drink specials. Proceeds benefit Bella Bowman Foundation. 

SWEET CRUDE/RADIO ZYDECO: 10 p.m., Blue Moon Saloon, 215 E. Convent St. Lafayette. South Louisiana band Sweet Crude performs with Radio Zydeco following the Krewe of Rio parade.


MID CITY GRAS: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., North Boulevard to Mid City, Baton Rouge. The inaugural family-friendly parade's theme is "Wanna Get Nuts?

SCOTT MARDI GRAS PARADE: 1 p.m. at the intersection of Specialty Lane and Apollo Road. Family-friendly.

COURIR DE MARDI GRAS: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Vermilionville, 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette. A traditional, country Mardi Gras run at 11:30 a.m., children's workshop, king cake demonstrations and music from the Pine Leaf Boys. $5 nonmembers, $4 for members, free for ages 3 and under.


SPANISH TOWN JUDGE'S BRIBERY PARTY: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Belle of Baton Rouge, 103 France St. Shower parade judges with your best bribes.  

FEB. 9

KREWE DE CANAILLES PARADE: 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., downtown Lafayette. A walking parade through downtown, this year's theme is "Local Legends."

KREWE OF SOUTHDOWNS PARADE: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Baton Rouge. A family-friendly parade born in 1988.

KREWE OF ADONIS: 7 p.m., starting at the intersection of Brashear and Federal avenues, Morgan City. 

DOWNTOWN OPELOUSAS MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Delta Grand Theatre, 120 S. Market St., Opelousas. Free concert featuring Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie, and Mardi Gras costume contest. (337) 948-6263.  

CAPTAIN GREEN'S PRE-SPANISH TOWN BALL: Doors open at 8 p.m. Spanish Moon, 1109 Highland Road, Baton Rouge. A funk-filled evening featuring music from Captain Green, Lemon Stevies and Green Onions.  $10.

KREWE OF SOUTHDOWNS OFFICIAL AFTER-PARTY: 9 p.m., Uncle Earl's Bar, 3753 Perkins Road, Suite 3. Featuring music from The Iceman Special. Krewe members get in free.

FEB. 9-11 

LIL NATE'S L'ARGENT TRAIL RIDE, CHICKEN RUN AND PARADE: Yambilee Grounds, 1939 W. Landry St., Opelousas. (337) 319-0639 or (832) 217-6935.  

FEB. 9-13

LE FESTIVAL DE MARDI GRAS A LAFAYETTE: Cajun Field, Lafayette. Featuring games, rides and musical performances.

CAJUN COUNTRY COURIR DE MARDI GRAS: Downtown Eunice. Featuring live music at Walnut and Second streets, parades, dances, arts and crafts, and a traditional Mardi Gras run.

FEB. 10

BATON ROUGE MARDI GRAS FESTIVAL: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., North Boulevard Town Square, downtown Baton Rouge. The fifth annual event, headlined by Henry Turner Jr. and Flavor, also features a vendor village and visual arts.

SPANISH TOWN PARADE PARTY: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Capitol Park Museum, 660 N. Fourth St., Baton Rouge. An annual party for the entire family. Proceeds benefit the mission of the Friends of the Capitol Park Museum. $35 adults, $25 for Friends members, and free for ages 12 and under.

KREWE OF SPANISH TOWN PARADE: Noon to 4 p.m., downtown Baton Rouge. The notorious parade's theme this year is “Game of Thongs.” What could go wrong?

LAFAYETTE CHILDREN'S PARADE: 12:30 p.m., beginning at the intersection of Lafayette and West Vermilion streets in downtown Lafayette.

BALDWIN MARDI GRAS PARADE: 1 p.m., beginning at the intersection of La. 182 and Main Street, Baldwin. 


MARDI GRAS PARTY: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Java Mama, 8645 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge. Featuring face painting, balloons, king cake and other Mardi Gras festivities for the family. $5-$20.

KREWE OF DIONYSUS PARADE: 2 p.m., beginning at Gilmore Street, Berwick. 

KREWE OF BONAPARTE PARADE: 6:30 p.m., downtown Lafayette to Cajun Field. This krewe started in 1972 with a cocktail party.

ROYAL TEETH/MAINTENANCE: 10 p.m., Blue Moon Saloon, 215 E. Convent St. Lafayette. Louisiana pop band Royal Teeth performs with Maintenance following the Krewe of Bonaparte parade.

YOUNGSVILLE MARDI GRAS PARADE: 11 a.m., starting at the Youngsville Sports Complex on Savoy Road. Family-friendly., (337) 856-4181. 

FEB. 10-11

CAJUN COURIR DE MARDI GRAS RUN: Saddle Tramp Club House, 1036 E. Ebey St., Church Point. Featuring a trail ride and courir in its 57th year., (337) 227-8023. 

FEB. 11


KREWE OF GALATEA PARADE: 2 p.m., beginning at the intersection of Greenwood and Second Streets, Morgan City. 

QUEEN EVANGELINE'S PARADE: 6 p.m., downtown Lafayette to Cajun Field.

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER MARDI GRAS PARTY: 8 p.m. to midnight, Ruffins II, 14522 Plank Road, Baker. A fundraising event with music and drink specials. $10 admission. 

MARDI GRAS EXTRAVAGANZA: 8 p.m. to midnight, Belle of Baton Rouge, 103 France St. A seasonal party with comedy and live music, hosted by the French Knights. $30-$350 at

EUNICE LIL' MARDI GRAS: Eunice Recreational Complex, 461 Sittig St., Eunice. A family-friendly chicken run and parade. $10 per child participant, for ages 16 and under., (337) 457-7389. 

FEB. 12 

LUNDI GRAS BOUCHERIE: 8 a.m., Lakeview Park & Beach, 1717 Veterans Memorial Highway, Eunice. Sample Louisiana cuisine and dance to live music at this free event. Tickets needed for food. (337) 457-2881.   

KREWE OF AMANI: 2 p.m., beginning at Patterson High School at the intersection La. 182 and Main Street.

THE POLLIES/DYLAN LEBLANC/THE VIATONES: 9:30 p.m., Blue Moon Saloon, 215 E. Convent St. Lafayette. Featuring performances from the local rock 'n' roll groups.

FEB. 13 

TEE MAMOU-IOTA MARDI GRAS FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., downtown Iota.

KING GABRIEL'S PARADE: 10 a.m., downtown Lafayette to Cajun Field.


FRANKLIN MARDI GRAS PARADE: 1 p.m., beginning at Franklin Senior High School at Main Street. 

LAFAYETTE MARDI GRAS FESTIVAL PARADE: 1 p.m., downtown Lafayette to Cajun Field.


SUNSET MARDI GRAS PARADE: 2 p.m., beginning at Oak Tree Park Drive. 

KREWE OF HEPHAESTUS PARADE: 2 p.m., beginning at the intersection of Sixth and Sycamore Streets, Morgan City. 

TOWNSQUARE MEDIA/INDEPENDENT PARADE: 2:30 p.m., downtown Lafayette to Cajun Field.

MAGIC CRAWFISH AND MARDI GRAS COOKOUT: 8 p.m., Blue Moon Saloon, 215 E. Convent St., Lafayette. $5.

MARDI GRAS SHOW: Clark Field Stadium, Park Avenue, Lafayette. $5 adults, $3 students, free for children ages 12 and under. 


CARNIVAL D'ACADIE: Downtown Crowley.

MAMOU MARDI GRAS: Downtown Mamou. 

FEB. 17 

MARDI GRAS MAMBO: 8 a.m. to noon, North Boulevard Town Square, downtown Baton Rouge. An official qualifier to the Crescent City Classic, this annual event features a 10K, 15K and fun-run.

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