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Mark Twain once wrote that a traveler " ... has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi Gras in New Orleans." Of the hundreds of Louisiana festivals, none tops Mardi Gras. Spectacular parades, unbelievable costumes, music, dancing, food, drink – take your pick of places to indulge and enjoy. The biggest celebration occurs in New Orleans, but nearly every community in the state has its own version of the annual party. Wherever you go, you can find the style that best suits you, including tons of family-friendly celebrations.
The State of Mardi Gras
From flying hot dogs thrown at parades to costumed wiener dogs starring in them, enjoy all of the normal-to-us Mardi Gras sights and sounds.
It’s Carnival Time and the good times roll when Krewe of Demeter and Krewe of Aquarius bring their family friendly parades and festive street parties to Mansfield.
This year's Roaring 20s rolls with a crazy costumed pet parade, children’s parade and the electrifying Krewe of Janus night parade.
Dogs, cats, turtles, goats and more are the main attraction at Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Pet Parade.
Get down and dirty at the Cajun Muddy Gras, the biggest, messiest, family-friendly Mardi Gras party around.
Take a Mardi Gras road trip with pit stops for King Cakes, po'boys, classic car shows, masked balls and a whole lot more.
With a 15-mile horse and wagon trail ride plus a kaleidoscope of costumes, Cajun music and the Annual Chicken Chase, there’s plenty to see and do.
Tailgate with family and friends at the nighttime parade and watch illuminated floats ride across the bridge from Pineville to Alexandria.
Compete in the prettiest (and ugliest) costume contests, attend the Cajun Music Festival and join the community hunt for ingredients for a gumbo feast.
From Mardi Gras to meat pies, come over as the Roaring 20s Celebration rolls in Louisiana’s Oldest City.
Watch eccentric parades featuring pink flamingos or decorated lawn mowers, and experience the thrill of authentic traditions like the chasing of the chickens at a traditional Courir de Mardi Gras.
One of the the most notable of the Capital City's many parades is Spanish Town–an irreverent celebration replete with irony, political satire and a kitschy pink flamingo mascot.
Mardi Gras on the Cajun Coast means dozens of centuries-old celebrations, rollicking parades and all the King Cake you can eat.
With countless parades full of colorfully themed floats, marching bands and non-stop fun, you'll love this true Cajun celebration and one of the state’s largest Mardi Gras events.
Grand Marais is an iconic Mardi Gras party with ultra-elaborate costume contests for everything from ugliest to the most original.
See the best accordion and squeezebox players in the world compete at the annual Squeezebox Shootout.
Enjoy an extravaganza of Mardi Gras parades, authentic cuisine, local art, kids' court plus a marching band competition and concerts featuring national artists and Louisiana favorites!
Since 1869, Lafayette’s Le Festival de Mardi Gras has featured masked balls, walking parades and a host of carnival rides and revelry.
Gather around the shore of the lake to see the annual Lighted Boat Parade and other celebrations—but only after you’ve had your fill at the casinos.
Enjoy Mardi Gras in a way that only Cajuns can provide with 16 family-friendly parades, beautiful floats, beads, throws and more trinkets than you can carry.
Louisiana is full of quirky Mardi Gras traditions, but New Orleans is the home base. Be here to see what new surprises are in store this year.
Known as Louisiana’s ‘Little Carnival Capital’ with a reputation for one of the most family-friendly Mardi Gras celebrations! The Community Center of Pointe Coupee parade celebrates 101 years in 2023!
River Parish communities celebrate Mardi Gras much like they live—loudly, joyfully, and vibrantly. Come experience Rolling on the River and "laissez les bons temps rouler" River Style.
Head to “New Orleans’ Most Historic Neighbor” for a family-friendly Mardi Gras experience! Located just five miles from downtown New Orleans, hop on over to celebrate Carnival.
Come to the Courir de Mardi Gras for costumed capuchons, the chicken chase and the kid’s version called Eunice Lil’ Mardi Gras.
Watch the parade at Lake Fausse Pointe State Park before joining the Courir des Enfants as children parade around to find all of the ingredients for gumbo.
Extravagant boat parades and bedazzled lawnmower contests headline a series of one-of-a-kind traditions in St. Tammany Parish.
Attend the Annual Krewe of Omega Mardi Gras Parade celebrating marching bands and crazy floats in a family-friendly zone.
As founded by a group of women in 1955, Kaplan’s Mardi Gras is a must-do as are the Chic-a-la-pie children’s parade and the entire menu at Suire’s Restaurant and Grocery.
The small town of Franklinton packs a big carnival punch! Head to Louisiana’s piney hills for a family-friendly Mardi Gras celebration for the ages!
Get into the Mardi Gras mix along the Mississippi River with beautiful parades, regional cuisine and a rich palette of flavors refined by generations of culture.
See For Yourself
Watch these stories for a glimpse of Mardi Gras in Louisiana!
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