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
Bayou Mardi Gras Parade (New Iberia) :: 7 pm
Krewe des Canailles Walking Parade (Downtown Lafayette) :: 7 pm
Carencro Mardi Gras Parade :: 11 am
Krewe des Chiens (Downtown Lafayette) :: 12 pm
Krewe of Rio Parade (Downtown Lafayette) :: 6:30 pm
Scott Mardi Gras Parade :: 1 pm
Courir de Mardi Gras – Old-Fashion Mardi Gras Run (Vermilionville in Lafayette) :: TBD
“Kick-Off” Parade honoring COVID Heroes (Cajun Field) :: 6:30 pm
Youngsville Mardi Gras Parade :: 11 am
Lafayette Children’s Parade :: 12:30 pm
Krewe of Bonaparte Parade (Lafayette) :: 6:30pm
Eunice Lil’ Mardi Gras ( Eunice) :: 9 am
Children’s Day Parade (Lake Charles)
Queen Evangeline’s Parade (Lafayette) :: 6 pm
February 21 :: Mardi Gras Day
King Gabriel’s Parade (Lafayette) :: 10 am
Independent Parade :: 2:30 pm
Children’s Courir de Mardi Gras Parade (Church Point) :: 1pm
Parade of Paws Dog Parade (Eunice) :: 3 pm
Adult Courir de Mardi Gras Run (Church Point) :: 8 am
Main Street Parade (Church Point) :: 1 pm
Krewe de St. Martin Parade :: TBD
Lafayette Area Festivals and More
Krewe of Rio Mardi Gras Ball :: Dive Into Rio – 18th Annual Ball
Krewe des Bon Amis Ball :: Costume Party and Contest Hosted by King Crawdad XLV – Mark Broussard and Queen Spanish Moss XLV – Ellen Lejuene
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) ::
Art Walk (Downtown Lafayette)
Krewe de Mardi Gras 5K :: Come run the Krewe de Mardi Gras 5K race in Lafayette this February
Mardi Gras Children’s Day (Lake Charles) :: a free event, combines Mardi Gras fun with culture, music and learning
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
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