Mardi Gras season is officially upon us, so if you’re ready to laissez les bons temps rouler (let the good times roll), keep reading to find the biggest and best Mardi Gras parties Louisiana has to offer.

The origins of Mardi Gras trace back to 1699 when a French-Canadian explorer Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville arrived at what’s known as modern-day Mobile, Alabama, on Fat Tuesday. He named the location Point du Mardi Gras and threw a party to celebrate. Since then, Mardi Gras has grown into a month-long party and is synonymous with New Orleans – but that’s not the only place you’ll find a party!

Houma

Friday, Feb. 14 – Tuesday, Feb. 25
www.houmatravel.com/do/mardi-gras

Houma is home to one of the biggest Mardi Gras celebrations in Louisiana. The city will host more than a dozen parades filled with colorful floats, marching bands, and plenty of throws between Feb. 14 and Feb. 25. Houma’s Mardi Gras celebrations kick off with the Krewe of Hercules and run pretty much non-stop until the Krewe of Bonne Terre!

Best of all, the Mardi Gras events in Houma are safe, affordable, and family-friendly, making it easier than ever to let the good times roll.

New Orleans

Monday, Jan. 6 – Tuesday, Feb. 25
www.neworleans.com/events/holidays-seasonal/mardi-gras

In the Big Easy, Mardi Gras isn’t just a one-day celebration – it’s an entire month of festivities! On Twelfth Night, Jan. 6, the city becomes obsessed with parades, costumes, and bead-tossing, and the intensity builds as Ash Wednesday draws nearer. During the weekends leading up to Fat Tuesday, you can catch parades all over the city.

If you want to see the Crescent City really come to life, you’ve got to check out NOLA for the Carnival experience of a lifetime.

Baton Rouge

Saturday, Feb. 8 – Saturday, Feb. 22
www.visitbatonrouge.com/events/mardi-gras

Thousands descend upon Baton Rouge each year for the city’s annual Mardi Gras celebration. Baton Rouge’s parades feature the city’s oldest parading krewe, Krewe Mystique, and the only all-female parading krewe in Baton Rouge, Krewe of Artemis.

While you’re there, don’t forget to stop by a Mardi Gras bakery for some tasty King Cake treats. Baton Rouge bakeries pull out all the stops for Fat Tuesday – you can find everything from King Cake popsicles to martinis!

Shreveport

Saturday, Jan. 18 – Sunday, Feb. 23
www.shreveport-bossier.org/mardigras

Northern Louisiana’s Mardi Gras festivities draw more than 400,000 onlookers every year! Shreveport-Bossier is home to some of Louisiana’s largest krewes that keep the party going all month long.

From the Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Pet Parade that features furry friends to the Krewe of Highland Parade that weaves through local neighborhoods, Shreveport’s massive Mardi Gras celebrations always pack a surprise.

Lake Charles

Friday, Jan. 3 – Tuesday, Feb. 25
www.visitlakecharles.org/swlamardigras

Live in Southwest Louisiana? The Mardi Gras celebrations in Lake Charles are the perfect combination of fun and family, so you can really celebrate the joie de vivre! Lake Charles has more than 50 krewes participating in the Mardi Gras fun, putting it just behind New Orleans.

It’s also the only city in Louisiana where the public is invited to admire the ornate costumes from the local krewes in one place during the Twelfth Night and the Royal Gala celebrations. They even have an app where you can keep abreast of all the Mardi Gras activity!

Alexandria

Saturday, Feb. 15 – Tuesday. Feb. 25
www.alexandria-louisiana.com/mardi-gras.htm

The Mardi Gras au Coeur de la Louisianne (Mardi Gras in the Heart of Central Louisiana) has turned into one of Central Louisiana’s biggest Fat Tuesday celebrations since the city’s first parade was held in 1994. 120,000 parade-goers visit Alexandria, where they’re met with family-friendly fun, more than a dozen krewes, and tons tasty treats! If you’ve got little ones, don’t miss the children’s parade. Attendance is estimated at 25,000 and offers lots of fun for all ages.

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