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Mardi Gras Done Right…By the Water!

Southwest Louisiana/Lake Charles


We can’t help but let the good times roll in Southwest Louisiana!  Whether it’s catching beads at the Krewe of Krewe’s parade on Fat Tuesday or catching chickens at the Iowa Chicken run, there are plenty of opportunities to let your Mardi Gras spirit soar.  Year-round, you can take a look back in history at the world-renowned Mardi Gras Museum or admire the elaborate costumes of every krewe’s king and queen at the Mardi Gras Royal Gala. Come #visitLakeCharles and join our #SWLAMardiGras Mambo!

Louisiana Northshore – St. Tammany


Dogs, boats, and floats are on parade during St. Tammany Parish’s fun and family-friendly Mardi Gras, great fun not to be missed. If you can’t make it to the big party this year, you can still enjoy the #TammanyTaste of Carnival wherever you are! A few of our "star" chefs have graced us with recipes to share with you so you can make them at home until you can come visit. We present Chefs Nealy and Keith Frentz's take on the classic king cake, available around Mardi Gras time at Lola, their cool Covington eatery in an old train car: https://www.louisiananorthshore.com/restaurants/northshore-recipes/

Iberia Parish

Dust off your boogie shoes and get ready for Mardi Gras in Iberia Parish! Visit the home of Tabasco sauce and Konriko rice and catch one of the parades including the Loreauville Family Affair and Grand Marais Mardi Gras with its elaborate feather costumes and ugly costume contest. Iberia Parish invites everyone to join us for a fun filled, bead-tastic Mardi Gras season! For more information, visit IberiaTravel.com.


Mardi Gras in Bayou Country is a fun-filled time of raucous marching bands, vibrant floats and lively dancing in the streets, so you’ll want to keep your energy up. What better way to do that than with a sweet treat on the parade route? Scarlet Scoop, in historic downtown Houma, takes our favorite carnival confection, king cake, and churns it into delicious ice cream. Get a sneak peek at www.bit.ly/KingCakeMilkshake and learn more about Bayou Country Mardi Gras at www.houmatravel.com/do/mardi-gras.



Along our backroads in the small Cajun towns of Gheens and Choupic, Mardi Gras day is celebrated a bit differently. These communities’ Carnival traditions blend Lenten Catholic customs marking the passing of the seasons with local Cajun folklore to create an atmosphere of fun and revelry. On Mardi Gras day, these towns come together to chase chickens for their gumbo. Adults dress in costume and children are part of the fun too with lots of shared laughter and play.

Jefferson Parish

Mardi Gras is known as "the biggest party on Earth" and Jefferson Parish is inviting you! Spanning over two sides of the Mississippi River, the East Bank and the West Bank, we offer Mardi Gras fun wherever you may be located. Come and experience the sites, sounds, food, music, parades and of course, the BEADS in this family-friendly celebration of Mardi Gras!

February 22-24, rock out at Family Gras, a free three-day festival of concerts featuring headliners Brett Eldredge, Michael McDonald and John Oates, delicious local cuisine, an art market, kids’ zone, and the pageantry of Mardi Gras parades! Bring the whole family to #FamilyGras2019!

St. Mary Parish- Cajun Coast


Experience the parades and fun of Carnival in an authentic, small-town atmosphere. With 10 parades to choose from, the whole family can participate in the traditional revelry of Fat Tuesday. It wouldn't be Mardi Gras season without King Cake! You will not be disappointed when choosing from any of our 5 local bakeries to pick up your sweet treat. 


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