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Alexandria, LA, USA
Set in central Louisiana’s heartland, this city on the banks of the Red River overflows each year with Mardi Gras merrymakers. While the main draw is a blowout parade on March 2, with marching bands, whimsical floats and more than 20 krewes...
Baton Rouge, LA, USA
Louisiana’s capital hosts tens of thousands of Mardi Gras revelers each year with a series of parades, parties and cultural events hosted by the city’s seven krewes. The fun starts on Feb. 15, when the Krewe of Jupiter hosts the first parade, and...
Houma, LA, USA
Deep in south Louisiana bayou country, the Cajun community of Houma hosts a Mardi Gras celebration with no fewer than 13 different krewes hosting parades over the two-week period leading to Mardi Gras Day (or Fat Tuesday, which is March 4 this...
Lake Charles, LA, USA
Mardi Gras season in this southwest Louisiana city gets an early start with a Twelfth Night celebration on Jan. 6 that features more than 60 krewes in full costume. An array of lively events follows, including a gumbo cook-off on March 1, a...
Lafayette, LA, USA
This city—which calls itself the Capital of Cajun Mardi Gras—hosts a two-week celebration that includes nine separate parades (including one for dogs), a five-day local food and music festival starting Feb. 28, a newcomer’s festival on March 2,...
Monroe, LA, USA
Visitors looking for a taste—but not a deluge—of Mardi Gras spirit can join the one-day March 2 celebration in this northeast Louisiana city. The events here highlight family fun and include a children’s parade in the morning, a costumed pet...
Basile, LA 70515, USA
In Cajun communities such as Basile, Eunice, Church Point and Mamou, Mardi Gras culminates each year with a traditional Fat Tuesday courir, or “run.” This is not a sporting jog, but a madcap dash led by the Mardi Gras capitaine through the streets...
Shreveport, LA, USA
Hundreds of thousands of revelers converge for Mardi Gras in this northwest Louisiana city, where the draws include a massive Martin Luther King Day parade by the Krewe of Harambee, dog and cat parades by the Krewe of Barkus and Meoux (Jan. 22),...
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