Mardi Gras

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!

Lafayette Parade Map

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Lafayette Mardi Gras 2014 Schedule
February 28 – March 4, 2014
 

FEBRUARY 14
Krewe des Chiens - People Ball
City Club at River Ranch, Lafayette. 7 – 11 p.m.
www.paradefordogs.com 

FEBRUARY 16
Courir de Mardi Gras - Old-Fashion Mardi Gras Run
Vermilionville, 300 Fisher Rd., Lafayette.
www.Vermilionville.org 

FEBRUARY 21
Krewe of Andalusia Mardi Gras Parade
Historic Downtown, 102 W. Main St., New Iberia. 6:30 p.m.
337-367-6466

FEBRUARY 22
Krewe des Chiens Parade for Dogs
Downtown, Lafayette. 2 p.m.
www.paradefordogs.com 

Krewe of Carnivale en Rio Mardi Gras Parade
Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette. 6:30 p.m.
www.riolafayette.com 

Carencro Mardi Gras Parade
Carencro High to Carencro Community Center. 11 a.m.
www.carencro.org 

Rotary Club Mardi Gras Ball
Cade Community Center, St. Martinville. 7 p.m.
www.stmartinville.org 

Lake Arthur Mardi Gras Parade
Lake Arthur. 2 p.m.
337-774-3675

FEBRUARY 23
Scott Mardi Gras Parade
City of Scott Louisiana. 1 p.m.
337-269-5155 www.cityofscott.org 

Krewe of Ezana Jeanerette Mardi Gras Parade
Canal, MLK & Main St, Jeanerette. 1 p.m.
337-365-1540

FEBRUARY 28
Kick Off Parade
Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette. 6:30 p.m.
www.gomardigras.com 

FEBRUARY 28 – MARCH 4
Le Festival de Mardi Gras à Lafayette
Live music, carnival midway, local food and parade viewing.
Band line-up includes: Geno Delafose, Frank Foster, Chee Weez,
Corey Ledet, Molly Ringwalds, Ray Boudreaux, Wayne Toups,
Lafayette’s Bayou Boys, Gregg Martinez and more.
Cajun Field, Lafayette.
www.gomardigras.com 

Cajun Country Mardi Gras
Downtown Eunice - 2nd Street area 
337-948-8004

MARCH 1
Mardi Gras at the Market
Lafayette Farmers & Artisans Market, Lafayette. 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
www.marketatthehorsefarm.com 

Children's Parade
Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette. 12:30 p.m.
www.gomardigras.com 

Krewe of Bonaparte Mardi Gras Parade
Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette. 6:30 p.m.
www. gomardigras.com 

Annual Cornucopia Ball
121 S. New Market, St. Martinville. 7 p.m.
337-789-3592

Lake Fausse Pointe Mardi Gras Parade
Lake Fausse Pointe State Park, 5400 Levee Rd, St. Martinville.
www.lastateparks.com 

Youngsville Mardi Gras Parade
Public Works building to Fountain View, Youngsville.
337-856-4181

Mardi Gras Street Dance
Downtown, Eunice
www.eunice-la.com 

Jennings Mardi Gras Festival & Parade
Founder's Park, Main Street, Jennings .
www.cityofjennings.com/events 337-821-5531

MARCH 1 - 2
Courir de Mardi Gras
Saddle Tramp Club House, Downtown Church Point.
www.churchpointmardigras.com 877-783-2109

MARCH 2
Old Time Boucherie
Eunice City Hall. 10 a.m.
www.eunice-la.com 

Newcomers Mardi Gras Parade
Main Street, St. Martinville. 1 p.m.
337-380-6031

Eunice “Little Mardi Gras” (ages 0-16)
Recreation Complex on Sittig Rd., Eunice. 9 a.m.
www.eunice-la.com 

MARCH 2 – 4
Carnival D'Acadie (Mardi Gras)
Downtown, Crowley.
337-7836-0824  www.crowley-la.com 

MARCH 3
Queen's Evangeline’s Parade
Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette. 6 p.m.
www.gomardigras.com 

Lundi Gras at the Village
Le Vieux Village, 828 E. Landry St., Opelousas
www.cityofopelousas.com 

Opelousas Lundi Gras Celebration
Opelousas Civic Center, 1638 Creswell Ln., Opelousas. 5:30 - 8 p.m.
337-948-6263  www.cityofopelousas.com 

Lundi Gras Celebration with Roddie Romero & Marc Broussard
Blue Moon Saloon & Guesthouse, 215 E. Convent St., Lafayette.
www.bluemoonpresents.com  

MARCH 4 - Mardi Gras Day!
King's Court
Parc Sans Souci, 201 E. Vermilion St., Lafayette. 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
www.downtownlafayette.org 

Mardi Gras Show at Clark Field
Clark Field Stadium, Lafayette. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
www.mardigrasshow.com 

King's Gabriel’s Parade
Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette. 10 a.m.
www.gomardigras.com 

Lafayette Mardi Gras Festival Parade
Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette. 1 p.m.
www.gomardigras.com 

KADN Fox 15 Independent Parade
Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette. 2 p.m.
www.gomardigras.com 

Southwest Mardi Gras Association Pageant & Ball
Heymann Performing Arts Center, Lafayette. 8 p.m.
337-291-5540 

Grand Marais Mardi Gras Parade
Hwy 90 E. at College Road, Jeanerette.
337-365-8185

Krewe of Coteau Mardi Gras Parade
Francis Romero Memorial Park & LA 88, Coteau.
337-577-5099

Family Affair Mardi Gras Parade
Main Street Loreauville.
337-229-6001

27thTee Mamou-Iota Mardi Gras Folklife Festival
Downtown, Iota.
877-783-2109 www.iotamardigras.com 

Krewe Chic-A-La-Pie Mardi Gras Parade
Downtown, Kaplan.
337-898-6600

Half Fast Krewe of Frank’s Mardi Gras Parade
East Landry & Bellevue Streets, Opelousas.
337-351-6943  www.cajuntravel.com 

Eunice Courir de Mardi Gras
National Guard Armory & Downtown, Eunice.
www.eunice-la.com 

Opelousas Downtown Mardi Gras Celebration
Downtown, Opelousas.
www.cityofopelousas.com 

Mamou Mardi Gras
Downtown, Mamou 
337-468-3105

Old Fashioned Fais-do-do Barn Dance
Lakeview Park & Beach, Eunice.
337-457-2881 www.lvpark.com  

Family Friendly Mardi Gras
(Alcohol & Tobacco Free)

Parc Putnam, Lafayette
337-291-8173

 

 

 
Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Parking
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 containers, Pets.