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It's the most wonderful time in Louisiana-Mardi Gras season is upon us!
Mardi Gras is a tradition that dates back thousands of years to pagan celebrations of spring and fertility. It is celebrated around the world today in Brazil, Venice but most importantly the United States!
Legend has it that the first Mardi Gras took place in 1699 when French Exploror's landed in what is now known as New Orleans, Louisiana aka NOLA. However, Mobile, Al. was the first city on record to celebrate Mardi Gras in 1703 about a year after the city was founded. Mobile claims that they introduced NOLA to Mardi Gras years later in 1857 when members of the Cowbellian de Rakin Society came down and assisted them in forming the Krewe of Comus. Mobile may have showed us how to do Mardi Graw but we sure rock it now!
As we get ready to kick off our parade season I have listed below all of the parades around Acadiana!
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Bayou Mardi Gras Parade, New Iberia, 6 p.m.
Sunday, February 17, 2019
Courir de Mardi Gras, Vermilionville, 10 a.m.
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Krewe of Carnivale en Rio Parade, Lafayette, 6:30 p.m.
Carencro’s 36th annual Mardi Gras Parade, 11 a.m.
4th Annual Courir de Mardi Gras de L’anse, Mermentau Cove
Vinton Mardi Gras Celebration, 8 p.m.
Krewe des Chiens, Lafayette, 2 p.m.
Lake Arthur Mardi Gras Parade
Sunday, February 24, 2019
Scott Mardi Gras Parade, 1 p.m.
Downtown Opelousas Mardi Gras Celebration, Opelousas. 7 p.m.
March 1 through March 5, 2019
Eunice Courir de Mardi Gras (on horseback), boucherie, parades, fais do-do.
Le Festival de Mardi Gras a Lafayette, Cajun Field, Lafayette.
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Rayne Mardi Gras Parade & Celebration, Rayne, 3 p.m.
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Children’s Parade, Lafayette, 12:30 p.m.
Krewe of Bonaparte Parade, Lafayette, 6:30 p.m.
The Heart of Atchafalaya Parade, Butte La Rose, 10:00 am
Sunset Mardi Gras Parade, 11 a.m.
Krewe of Dionysus Parade, Bayou Vista, 2 p.m.
Cypremort Point Parade, Cypremort Point, 1 p.m.
Baldwin Mardi Gras Parade, Baldwin, 1 p.m.
Rayne Mardi Gras Parade & Celebration
Krewe of Barkus Parade, Lake Charles, 2 p.m.
Krewe of Omega Parade, Lake Charles, 2 p.m.
Krewe of Adonis, Morgan City, 7 p.m.
Youngsville Mardi Gras Parade
Jennings Mardi Gras Festival & Parade
March 2 through March 3, 2019
Opelousas Parade and Chicken Run
Sunday, March 3, 2019
Eunice Lil’ Mardi Gras, Eunice, 9 a.m.
58th annual Courir de Mardi Gras, Church Point.
Henderson Mardi Gras Parade, 12:30 p.m.
Newcomers Mardi Gras Festival
Krewe of Galatea Parade, Morgan City, 2 p.m.
Mardi Gras Children’s Day, Lake Charles, noon to 3 p.m.
Mardi Gras Children’s Day Parade, Lake Charles, 3:30 p.m.
Mardi Gras Zydeco Dance, Lake Charles, 11 a.m.
Lundi Gras Boucherie, Eunice, 8 a.m.
Mardi Gras, March 5, 2019
King Gabriel’s Parade, Lafayette, 10 a.m.
Lafayette Mardi Gras Festival Parade, Lafayette, 1 p.m.
Town Square Independent Parade, Lafayette, 2:30 p.m.
Family Affair Mardi Gras Parade, Loreauville, 2 p.m.
Grand Marais Mardi Gras Parade, 11 a.m.
Franklin Mardi Gras Parade, 1 p.m., Franklin
Krewe of Hephaestus Parade, Morgan City, 2 p.m.
Iota – Tee Mamou Mardi Gras Folklife Festival, 10 a.m.
Iowa Chicken Run, 10 a.m.
Second Line Stroll, Lake Charles, 1 p.m.
Motor Gras Parade, Lake Charles, 3 p.m.
Krewe of Krewes Mardi Gras Parade, Lake Charles, 5 p.m.
Chic-a-la-Pie Mardi Gras Parade, Kaplan, 2 p.m.
Krewe of Coteau Mardi Gras Parade, 1 p.m.
Carnival D’Acadie, Crowley.
Mamou Mardi Gras
Courir de Mardi Gras & Chicken Run, Eunice, 7 a.m.
Ashley Verret is a southern girl through and through, born and raised in Acadiana. She is a hard worker and has been in the work force since she was a young teen. Taking a break from work to raise her....