Guide to Lafayette Mardi Gras Events and Camps

Mardi Gras Events Lafayette Louisiana

Welcome to our FIRST ANNUAL “GUIDE TO LAFAYETTE MARDI GRAS EVENTS AND CAMPS!” It’s the biggest party of the year! Celebrate all month long with parades and festivities in the Lafayette area. We have also included day camps for the kiddos during the Mardi Gras Season. Check back frequently as we add to the never-ending list of fun here in Acadiana. Laissez le bon temps rouler!

Links Worth Checking Out ::

What is Mardi Gras? :: “Lafayette Mardi Gras, Who Knew? and a Few Fun Facts”

What to do with all those beads? :: “Wait, Wait, Wait!!! Don’t Pitch Your Mardi Gras Throws!”

The Best King Cakes in the Lafayette Area :: “Acadiana King Cake Guide”

2023 Lafayette & Surrounding Area Events

Lafayette Area Parades

Photo Credit: VCB Photography

February 3:

Bayou Mardi Gras Parade (New Iberia) :: 7 pm

February 10:

Krewe des Canailles Walking Parade (Downtown Lafayette) :: 7 pm

February 11:

Carencro Mardi Gras Parade :: 11 am

Krewe des Chiens (Downtown Lafayette) :: 12 pm

Bayou Mardi Gras Parade (New Iberia) :: 6 pm

Krewe of Rio Parade (Downtown Lafayette) :: 6:30 pm

February 12:

Scott Mardi Gras Parade :: 1 pm

Courir de Mardi Gras – Old-Fashion Mardi Gras Run (Vermilionville in Lafayette) :: TBD

February 17:

“Kick-Off” Parade honoring COVID Heroes (Cajun Field) :: 6:30 pm

February 18:

Youngsville Mardi Gras Parade :: 11 am

Lafayette Children’s Parade :: 12:30 pm

Krewe of Bonaparte Parade (Lafayette) :: 6:30pm

February 19:

Eunice Lil’ Mardi Gras ( Eunice) :: 9 am

Children’s Day Parade (Lake Charles)

February 20:

Queen Evangeline’s Parade (Lafayette) :: 6 pm

February 21 :: Mardi Gras Day

King Gabriel’s Parade (Lafayette) :: 10 am

Lafayette Mardi Gras Festival Parade :: 1 pm

Independent Parade :: 2:30 pm

February 26:

Children’s Courir de Mardi Gras Parade (Church Point) :: 1pm

Parade of Paws Dog Parade (Eunice) :: 3 pm

February 27:

Adult Courir de Mardi Gras Run (Church Point) :: 8 am

Main Street Parade (Church Point) :: 1 pm

February 28:

Krewe de St. Martin Parade :: TBD

Lafayette Area Festivals and More

Photo Credit: Sweet Honey Bee Photos

January 7:

Krewe of Rio Mardi Gras Ball :: Dive Into Rio – 18th Annual Ball

January 14:

Krewe des Bon Amis Ball :: Costume Party and Contest Hosted by King Crawdad XLV – Mark Broussard and Queen Spanish Moss XLV – Ellen Lejuene

February 4:

Krewe of Apollo Mardi Gras Ball :: Bal Masque XLVI – Apollo POPS!

La Danse de Mardi Gras (AcA) :: Join us for a country dance at AcA celebrating the rural traditions of Mardi Gras in the big city.

Adult Cookoff (Acadian Village) ::

February 11:

Mermentau Cove Courir de Mardi Gras de L’anse

Sunset Mardi Gras Ball

Art Walk (Downtown Lafayette)

February 14:

“Party at the Pond” Mardi Gras Ball (Rayne)

February 17:

Mardi Gras Mambo Softball Tournament (Youngsville)

February 18:

Krewe de Mardi Gras 5K :: Come run the Krewe de Mardi Gras 5K race in Lafayette this February

Mardi Gras Mambo Softball Tournament (Youngsville)

February 19:

Mardi Gras Mambo Softball Tournament (Youngsville)

Mardi Gras Children’s Day (Lake Charles) :: a free event, combines Mardi Gras fun with culture, music and learning

February 20:

Lundi Gras Bar-A-Thon :: Get Mardi Gras started the right way … Join us on Lundi Gras for the wildest run of the Mardi Gras season!

February 21 :: Mardi Gras Day

Carnival D’Acadie (Downtown Crowley) :: Fair, live music and street dance, costume contests, parade.

Southwest Mardi Gras Association Pageant & Ball :: Heymann Performing Arts Center and Frem F. Boustany Convention Center, 1373 S College Rd., Lafayette


Lafayette Area Mardi Gras Camps

Photo Credit: Jillian Marie Photography

Code Ninjas (Broussard) ::”Carnival of Code” Monday, February 20th, from 11am-2pm.

Elevation Station (Broussard) :: Campers will enjoy all the amenities of Elevation Station, and traditional camp activities such as arts & crafts, science, group games, and more.

KidCam Camps :: February 20-24 (Closed Mardi Gras Day, February 21) $175 (4-day session)

Lafayette YMCA :: February 17 (Please call the office at 337-993-9622 for availability.​)

Little Gym Lafayette :: Visit website for more information.

Mardi Gras at Elevation Station :: Visit website for more information.

The Yard (Youngsville) :: February 22, “Mardi Gras Mash Up Hitting & Pitching Camp” with Austin Nagle and Wade Leblanc

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Amanda grew up in East Texas with the last name of “Thibodeaux”. As a child, she found her last name was very odd and even more peculiar to pronounce! She and her husband are recent transplants to Youngsville where they are raising their two energetic boys. Amanda is a girly girl who loves all things feminine: the sparkle of new earrings; the glamour of a perfectly red lipstick. She has proclaimed to be many things: an old soul born in the wrong era, a land-locked mermaid, and a bull in a china shop. A booklover since she can remember, Amanda indulges herself in the smell of freshly printed pages and can’t stand the stench of an old book… she wonders “who else has touched that book and what images did they conjure up as they read the very same tale?” This thing is for certain, however, Amanda is a mother who believes in the power of Faith, dreams, and imagination. One of Amanda’s most favorite quotes by Erin Hanson gives wings to her dreams: “What if I fall? Oh, but darling, what if you fly?”