Capital Region Mardi Gras
Capital Carnival Chicanery abounds this Mardi Gras Season, and—using our Baton Rouge Parade Calendar—you won’t miss a single carousing opportunity. Visit individual parade websites for the most updated details on upcoming events.
Feliciana Family & Friends Parade: Come watch local and area bands, marching groups, and riders’ clubs participate in this Feliciana favorite, themed this year “Rockin’ and Rollin’ Thru the Years”—viewable from the Clinton Courthouse Square. Noon. Details at the Feliciana Family & Friends Facebook Page.
Krewe of Southdowns Ball (SOLD OUT): Join the Krewe of Southdowns for its storied showdown, coming to the Embassy Suites Hotel this year, and promising an open buffet dinner, a cash bar, and live music by The Remnants. 7:30 pm. $60 gets you in the door for open seating: an eight person table is $480; a ten person table is $600 at bontempstix.com. southdowns.org.
Krewe of Oshun Parade and Festival: Carnival games, eating contests, and other free family fun at BREC’s Scottlandville Parkway Conservation Park for this third annual festival and parade. Parade—which features bands, dance teams, schools, businesses, and non profits in addition to entertainers and krewe members’ floats. Rolls at noon, festival carries on from 2 pm–6 pm. visitbatonrouge.com.
Mystic Krewe of Mutts: Bark your calendars for the CAAWs Mystic Krewe of Mutts parade, held in downtown Baton Rouge. Bark in the Park events begin at 10 am, and the parade rolls at 2 pm. caaws.org.
Krewe of Artemis: The first all-female krewe in Baton Rouge begins and ends at the corner of St. Philip Street and Government Street. Revelers will be treated to themed throws, including the Krewe of Artemis’ signature High-Heeled Shoe. 7 pm. kreweofartemis.net.
Kroux of Barkus: Pets on parade, is there anything better? Verify your gut feelings on the matter at Walker’s Kroux of Barkus, held at Hutchinson Park along with live Cajun and Zydeco tunes, a farmer’s market, food trucks, and kids’ activities. 11 am. livingstontourism.com.
Krewe of Diversion Boat Parade: Set sail in sin for Livingston Parish’s 28th annual Krewe of Diversion parade on the Amite River/Diversion Canal. Noon. Live auction at Manny’s after the parade, with all proceeds benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. (225) 939-2135 or (225) 324-5695.
Addis Mardi Gras Parade: In the little town of Addis, the Volunteer Fire Department will sponsor its family-friendly line of celebration for all. 1 pm. westbatonrouge.net.
Krewe Mystique de la Capitale: The city’s oldest parading Mardi Gras krewe continues its mission to uphold Carnival season in the Capital City. Family oriented and fun for all ages, it starts at the River Center and winds around downtown. 2 pm. krewemystique.com.
Krewe of Tickfaw Mardi Gras Boat Parade: Mardi Gras comes to the Tickfaw River this Saturday, with boats decked out in ways unimaginable. 2 pm. Details at the Krewe of Tickfaw-Mardi Gras on Tickfaw Facebook Page.
Krewe of Ascension Mambo Parade: Prepare to be awed as the creative masterpieces that are Ascension Parish’s Mardi Gras floats pass down Irma Boulevard to the corner of Highways 44 and 30. 2 pm. Details at the Krewe of Ascension Mambo Facebook Page.
Krewe of Denham Springs: The Antique Village comes to life with people throwing trinkets at each other at noon from Denham Springs High School, and ends at Veteran’s Boulevard. Stick around for the first-annual Mardi Gras Mambo celebration in the Village, featuring food trucks and artists Clay Cormier, Chase Tyler Band, and Thomas Cain. 3 pm. Free. livingstontourism.com.
Krewe of Orion: A Carnival-themed tractor pull through downtown Baton Rouge, this year’s theme is “In Our Wildest Dreams”. Begins and ends at the River Center, where the after-party masquerade will be held. 6:30 pm. kreweoforion.com.
Mid City Gras: Baton Rouge’s freshest Mardi Gras parade returns to Mid City. The one-afternoon revel down North, from 22 Street to Baton Rouge Community College, invites locals to “get nuts,” featuring Mid City artists, musicians, and more in a wildly unpretentious neighborhood strut. 1 pm. midcitygras.org.
Krewe of Southdowns: Catch this family-friendly flambeaux-inspired nighttime parade glittering and glaring along its usual route from Glasgow Middle School through the Southdowns neighborhood. 7 pm. southdowns.org.
Capitol Park Museum Spanish Town Parade Party: Watch the Spanish Town Parade from the lawn of Capitol Park Museum while enjoying bites and all-day museum access. 9 am–4 pm. $25; $10 for kids. eventbrite.com.
Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Festival: An incredible line-up from Henry Turner Jr.’s Listening Room in North Boulevard Town Square is the highlight of this family-friendly Mardi Gras celebration This year catch acts including Pastor Leon Hitchens, Eddie “Cool” Deemer, The Soul Revival Band, and Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor. A VIP Pre-Party offering a preview of some of the musical acts will be February 16 at 7 pm in the Listening Room for $30. The Festival, though, is free to the public, and will be held from 10 am–7 pm. ultimatelouisianapar.wixsite.com/brmardigrasfest.
Spanish Town Parade: Spanish Town’s annual parade of miscreants rolls from Spanish Town Road and Fifth Street, to Lafayette Street and Main.The krewes dole out dozens of infamously irreverent floats, with marching bands, dance troupes, and waves of pink throws. Come early. This year’s theme is “Man I Love Flamingos.” Noon. mardigrasspanishtown.com.
Krewe of Good Friends of the Oaks Parade: Residents of the Port Allen community “The Oaks” established this krewe in 1985, and it has been rolling right along ever since. 1 pm. westbatonrouge.net.
Krewe of Livonia Parade: Catch a dubloon, kiss a queen, follow the marching bands for miles—this traditional parade is fun for all ages. 1 pm. livoniala.net.
Krewe of Comogo Night Parade: See Plaquemine like you never have before when Comogo rolls, sure to dazzle. 7 pm down Bellevue Drive. kreweofcomogo.com.
Lundi Gras at Circa: Circa 1903, the event center associated with Morel’s in New Roads, continues its tradition of hosting a Lundi Gras bash. 7 pm. $100. bontempstix.com.
Community Center of Pointe Coupee Parade: Every year for 101 years now the population of New Roads multiplies tenfold as parade-goers searching for a more laid-back time flock to the “Little Carnival Capital”. Rolls at 11 am through downtown New Roads. Facebook..
New Roads Lion Club Parade: This bead-heavy annual parade follows right behind the Community Center of Pointe Coupee Parade. 2 pm. pctourism.org.