Baton Rouge Metro Area Mardi Gras Parades & Events – 2019

Throw me something, mister! It's Carnival season once again, and that means it's time for parades, King Cake, beads, and FUN! This year, Fat Tuesday is March 5. Below is a list of Mardi Gras parades and events in the metro Baton Rouge area, arranged by date.

CAAWS Mystic Krewe of Mutts

Date: Sunday, February 17
Time: 10 a.m.

The CAAWS Mystic Krewe of Mutts Parade is the largest annual fundraiser for CAAWS. All proceeds go to their spay/neuter program, which allows them to fix hundreds of cats and dogs in the Baton Rouge community. By spaying and neutering, they say they’re helping keep the pet population down, which decreases euthanization numbers.

Each year, the dog parade is held downtown with dozens of vendors lining the median for Bark in the Park. Parade-goers can also grab a bite from one of the many food vendors. The dog costume contest is always a blast, where people dress up their pups to coincide with that year’s parade theme. Or you can just dress them up however you’d like. Pre-registration information will be posted on the CAAWS website two months prior to the parade.

Anyone interested in volunteering to help with the parade should email kmccutheon@cox.net.

Capital Area Animal Welfare Society (CAAWS)

Krewe of Artemis

Date: Friday, February 22

Time: 6:30 p.m.

This is the Krewe of Artemis’ 17th annual Mardi Gras parade.

Join the excited revelers as they line the parade route while joining in the festivities and experiencing Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Artemis style!!

Revelers will be treated with themed throws, including the Krewe of Artemis’ signature high heeled shoe, along with footballs, light up tambourines, stuffed animals, float beads, and lighted throws.

Krewe of Artemis

le Krewe Mystique de la Capitale

Date: Saturday, February 23

Time: 2 p.m.

The krewe is celebrating 40 years of parading in Baton Rouge with this family-friendly daytime parade, making it one of the longest running parades in the city.

Ever wondered what the “mystique” or “mystic” meant? This is a designation applied to krewes that will not reveal the identities of their royalty until the opening of a parade or a ball. This parade and krewe is meant to be for the Capital City and not specific to any one neighborhood or specific group or organization. It’s mission is to bring Mardi Gras to Baton Rouge. Today, La Krewe Mystique de la Capitale’s parade is one of the longest running parades in the city.

le Krewe Mystique de la Capitale

Krewe of Orion

Date: Saturday, February 23

Time: 6:30 p.m.

This is the krewe’s 20th annual parade.

Parade goers will be treated to a line of exciting, colorfully-lighted, and tractor-pulled floats. Following the parade theme, “Orion Is On A Roll,” floats will be decorated to depict a travel through time. On the floats, masked and costumed riders will throw plenty of themed parade medallions, Krewe of Orion signature footballs, cups, plush items, Orion doubloons, lighted throws, and beads. Marching bands and riding and marching units will be among the great sights and sounds at this wonderful, family-oriented parade.

The parade ends as it runs into the Raising Cane’s River Center Exhibition Hall, where the Masquerade is held. Tickets are now available for the annual Masquerade! Visit the Tickets page for more information.

Krewe of Orion

Mid City Gras

Date: Sunday, February 24

Time: 1 p.m.

The first ever Mid City Gras Ball will be held Saturday, February 2. Applications for the parade are being taken now. Registration for the ball is also now open. Visit Mid City Gras’ website for more.

Mid City Gras

Krewe of Southdowns

Date: Friday, March 1

Time: 7 p.m.

The Krewe of Southdowns touts itself as being Baton Rouge’s first, and most unique, family-friendly night Mardi Gras Parade. This the krewe’s 32nd year parading.

The parade features the Dancing Girls, the Southdowns Flambeaux, original floats, and much more. Kids and pets are welcome.

The krewe’s ball will be held Saturday, February 9 at 7 p.m.

 

Krewe of Southdowns

Krewe of Adonis - Morgan City

Date: Friday, March 1

Time: 7 p.m.

The parade will begin at the intersection of Brashear Avenue and Federal Avenue, near MD Shannon School, turning onto Onstead Street and continuing down Sixth Street to Marguerite Street, Ninth Street/Highway 70, Brashear onto Victor II Boulevard, and ending at the Morgan City Auditorium on Myrtle Street.

Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Festival

Date: Saturday, March 2

Time: 10 a.m.

The 6th annual free festival will be held in North Boulevard Town Square. This year’s festival features live music from Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor, Meshach Jackson, Uncle Chess and the Groove Band, The Patrons, Bakari B, and many more. Miss Black Louisiana USA 2018 Makeva Armant will also be a part of this year’s festivities.

The pre-party will be held Thursday, February 28 at Henry Turner Jr.’s Listening Room Heritage Museum. Admission is $25 per person. Click here to purchase tickets online.

Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Festival

Krewe of Spanish Town

Date: Saturday, March 2

Time: 12 p.m.

The theme for the 2019 parade is “Drain the Perversion Canal.” The parade, in its 39th year, rolls at noon. The 2019 Spanish Town Mardi Gras Dignitaries are King Daniel Hoffmann, Queen Gabby Higgins, and Grand Marshal Rudy Tucker.

The parade, with a history of sometimes raunchy and controversial themes, is widely known as being more for adults than children, however, there is typically an alcohol-free, family-friendly zone along the route.

The krewe’s ball will be held Saturday, February 16 at 7 p.m.

Krewe of Spanish Town

Krewe of Galatea - Morgan City

Date: Sunday, March 3

Time: 2 p.m.

The parade route begins at Greenwood and Second streets and proceeds down Second Street to Onstead, then turns right onto Onstead, right on Sixth Street, left on Marguerite, right on Highway 70, left on Clothilde, right on Victor II Boulevard, right on Myrtle, and ends at the Municipal Auditorium.

Carnival Club of Pointe Coupee - New Roads

Date: Tuesday, March 5

Time: 11 a.m.

This float and truck parade began in 1922.

Lions Club - New Roads

Date: Tuesday, March 5

Time: 2 p.m.

This parade started rolling back in 1941.

Krewe of Hephaestus - Morgan City

Date: Tuesday, March 5

Time: 2 p.m.

Beginning on the corner of Sixth and Sycamore streets, the parade proceeds south on Sixth Street to Marguerite Street to Ninth Street/Highway 70, to Clothilde, to Victor II Boulevard, and ending at the Morgan City Auditorium on Myrtle Street.