Mardi Gras – Louisiana Coast Style!
What’s unique? What’s popular?
Mardi Gras is one of those holidays that is a bit quirky since it feels like it should be a national holiday to everyone who lives in Louisiana. We Louisianans have to remind ourselves that not everyone chases chickens, dresses up in regalia and glitter or has the world’s longest tailgate party, waiting on parades – or – puts a baby in King Cake! So, what’s Mardi Gras like along Louisiana’s Coast?
Here are some highlights:
While in Houma, you will definitely want to try a piece of Cannata’s Supermarket’s award-winning King Cake filled with snickerdoodle gooey butter – an indulgence that is remarkably appropriate for Mardi Gras. (Yum) Plus, the Krewe of Traditions in Houma always brings Cajun fun to Mardi Gras Day, Tuesday, Feb. 28, with homemade costumes, local music and a walking parade in historic downtown Houma.
In Louisiana's Cajun Bayou, Lafourche Parish, the unique aspect is that the Bayou provides routes that are within blocks of one another. So mark your spot and catch the driver’s side, then cross on over a few blocks to catch the passenger side fun. It’s double the fun and double the experience! Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou, Lafourche Parish, hosts 17 different parades all up and down the Bayou. You can experience New Orleans’ style parades in Thibodaux and parades with true Cajun flair in Golden Meadow.
Most of the events in the Lake Charles area focus on krewes, food, music or kids, but one event that is “just” outside Lake Charles is the Iowa Chicken Run in Iowa, LA. Follow the Captain as he blows his whistle, going from home to home or business to business to gather ingredients for a gumbo! It’s a walking, community parade with Zydeco music (and gumbo) to follow. This takes place the morning of Fat Tuesday, Feb. 28, and everything else is in Lake Charles proper with multiple parades culminating with the Krewe of Krewes lighted night parade.
#VisitLakeCharles (Got Rice for the Gumbo!)
New Iberia is where you can visit the home of Tabasco sauce and Konriko rice and catch Mardi Gras parades including Krewe of Ezana, Grand Marais, Krewe of Coteau and the Loreauville Family Affair. On Friday, Feb. 10, at 6:30 p.m., the krewes from around Acadiana will join together for the family fun Bayou Mardi Gras Parade rolling down New Iberia’s Historic Main Street.
Credit: Grand Marais Mardi Gras Association – New Iberia
You’ll find pooches, boats and floats are on parade in St. Tammany Parish’s (aka Louisiana’s Northshore’s) quirky and family-friendly Mardi Gras, a gee-rated version of Carnival just 45 minutes north of New Orleans’ French Quarter. The Krewe of Bilge in Slidell February 11 and the Krewe of Tchefuncte in Madisonville February 18 are flotillas of fun, where krewe members decorate water craft in Mardi Gras colors and toss throws to throngs of parade-goers along the river banks.
Krewe of Tchefuncte by Bill Land, Louisiana Northshore.com
Cajun Coast/Morgan City hosts numerous parades throughout Mardi Gras season, especially on Mardi Gras weekend, Feb. 24-28. Also, Oaklawn Manor will be beautifully decorated and adorned in the purple, green and gold hues of the Mardi Gras season. This magnificently decorated plantation will be open for viewing 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout Mardi Gras.
Cajun Coast Mardi Gras Dancer