Happy Mardi Gras to all across Louisiana!
Of course, New Orleans goes big for Mardi Gras season. But, you can’t forget about the rest of southern Louisiana! Baton Rouge and Acadiana Parishes celebrate the Carnival season with their own Mardi Gras 2020 parade schedule.
So, pack up your king cakes and to-go cups. Mardi Gras 2020 is Tuesday, Feb. 25 and these are all of the parades you need to catch leading up to the big day.
Note: We will add updates to this parade schedule as we receive them. If you know of parade schedule news, tell us here.
Here is the Mardi Gras 2020 parade schedule for Baton Rouge and Acadiana areas.
Saturday, January 25
Bayou Mardi Gras Parade – New Iberia, 6:00 p.m.
Family style Mardi Gras Celebration, on the banks of the Bayou Teche on Historic Main Street New Iberia.
Route (MAP): The parade route runs on Main Street New Iberia.
Saturday, February 8
Krewe of Oshun – North Baton Rouge, 12:00 p.m.
This brand new brand debuts in North Baton Rouge. It is the first parade to roll in the area and one of the newest parades to join the city’s lineup in a decade. A festival follows the parade. The Krewe of Oshun enters the parade scene with the theme: “Wakanda Now: Celebration, Prosperity and Expansion.
Route (MAP): The parade rolls on Howell Boulevard.
Friday, February 14
Krewe de Canailles Walking Parade – Downtown Lafayette, 7:00 p.m.
This year, the Krewe de Canailles celebrates its third run through Downtown Lafayette. This walking parade is comprised of individual sub-krewes, so any group of people can join. Their only rules: floats must be man-powered and throws should be eco-friendly.
Route (MAP): The Krewe de Canailles begins on Cypress Street, rides down Jefferson Street and ends off of Garfield Street.
Krewe of Artemis – Downtown Baton Rouge, 7:00 p.m.
This krewe was founded in 2001 with the vision of bringing the Mardi Gras spirit and tradition to the Baton Rouge community with a female twist. Named after the Greek daughter of Leto and Zeus, Krewe of Artemis rolls in downtown Baton Rouge for its 19th year.
Route (MAP): The Krewe of Artemis roll across a large chunk of downtown on streets such as, River Road, Government Street, Main Street and Laurel Street.
Saturday, February 15
Carencro Mardi Gras Parade – Upper Lafayette, 11:00 a.m.
This is Canencro Mardi Gras Parade’s 37th year of riding. The Carencro parade is a family friendly event and a highlight of the Mardi Gras season in the upper Lafayette area.
Route (MAP): The parade starts at Carencro High School and ends at the Carencro Community Center.
Krewe des Chien – Downtown Lafayette, 2:00 p.m.
Treat your pups as royalty! The Krewe des Chien celebrates the area’s finest four-legged friends .
Route (MAP): The Krewe des Chien starts pawing through the route in front of the court house on Lafayette Street and ends on the corner of Taylor and Vermilion Streets.
Krewe of Carnivale en Rio – Lafayette, 6:30 p.m.
This isn’t just a parade, krewe members call it a “Parada!” The Krewe of Carnivale en Rio is a popular and colorful Mardi Gras parade rolling in Acadiana. See the dazzling lights, dancers, Bayou Cirque performers and more.
Route: The parade begins at Pontiac Point in downtown Lafayette. Rio then traveled through Lafayette and ends near the Cajundome.
Krewe of Mystique – Downtown Baton Rouge, 2:00 p.m.
This is the older krewe in the Capital City. Bring your friends and family of all ages to enjoy this parade in Downtown. Don’t miss the Veterans Float.
Route: The Krewe of Mystique rolls out on River Road and Government Street.
Krewe of Orion – Downtown Baton Rouge, 6:30 p.m.
The Krewe of Orion’s 21st annual Mardi Gras parade in downtown Baton Rouge will take place on February 15, 2020, at 6:30 PM. Parade goers will be treated to a line of exciting, colorfully-lighted, and tractor-pulled floats.
Route: The Krewe of Orion rolls on St. Philip Street Baton Rouge and ends at the Raising Canes River center Exhibition Hall.
Sunday, February 16
Mid City Gras – Baton Rouge, 1:00 p.m.
The Mid City Gras parade rolls for its third year after debuting in 2018. Mid City created its own parade to celebrate the uniqueness of the neighborhood. The theme for Mardi Gras 2020 may go over swimmingly: 2020 Leagues Under the Sea.
Route (MAP): It rolls down North Boulevard, starting at 19th Street and ending at Foster Drive.
Scott Mardi Gras Parade – Scott, 1:00 p.m.
This is the 24th Annual Scott Mardi Gras Parade. All families and friends are invited to enjoy the floats, riders, bands and beads.
Friday, February 21
Krewe of Southdowns – Baton Rouge, 7:00 p.m.
The Krewe of Southdowns was Baton Rouge’s first family-friendly night Mardi Gras Parade. Pets are even welcome to attend the fun. For Mardi Gras 2020, the krewe hopes you will step back in time with them to the Roaring 20s!
Route (MAP): The Krewe of Southdowns begins in front of Glasgow Middle School and ends at the Acadian-Perkins Shopping Center.
Saturday, February 22
Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Fesival – Baton Rouge, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Experience the love and fun of Carnival at the Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Festival. The event is free to the public. For more information, like VIP tickets and music lineup, click here.
Location (MAP): North Boulevard Town Square
Spanish Town Mardi Gras – Downtown Baton Rouge, 12:00 p.m.
One of the most anticipated and unique day parades in Baton Rouge hit the streets in downtown. You may not recognize the area after the pink flamingos take over.
Route (MAP): The Spanish Town Mardi Gras parade begins on Spanish Town Road and finishes on the corner of River Road and North Street.
Sunset Mardi Gras Parade – Sunset, 11:00 a.m.
The Sunset Mardi Gras Parade was once one of the largest Mardi Gras Celebrations in the area. Today, the town of the Sunset still celebrates carnival season with beads, doubloons, and live music.
Route: The parade will begin behind Janise’s Supermarket on the I-49 Service Road. The floats will take a left on Duffy Avenue, a right on Napoleon Avenue, then a left on Highway 93, ending at Zach Miller Road.
Children’s Parade – Downtown Lafayette, 12:30 p.m.
The tiny kings and queens reign over Lafayette at this parade rolls through downtown. The Children’s Parade has been a part of the area’s Mardi Gras festivities for more than two decades.
Route (MAP): The parade starts at the intersection of Lafayette Street and W Vermilion Street and ends at Cajun Field.
Krewe of Bonaparte – Lafayette, 6:30 p.m.
The parade rolls the Saturday before Mardi Gras and includes over 27 floats filled with theme-dressed riders. Everyone has a great time throwing beads to the thousands of parade watchers during the 4-mile ride.
Route (MAP): The route starts at the corner of Simcoe, Surrey, Jefferson streets and ends at the Cajundome.
Sunday, February 23
Lil’ Nate’s Zydeco Mardi Gras Parade & Chicken Run – Opelousas, 12 p.m.
The party begins with live music Saturday night by Lil’ Nate & The Zydeco Big Timers and other zydeco music bands. Sunday afternoon the parade and trail ride leave the grounds of the Yambilee, and at 2pm a chicken chase takes place for all ages.
Route: The parade will head south on Railroad Avenue, west on Park Avenue, then north on Bullard Street. Once the parade approaches Highway 190, it will continue west on Charles Burr Lane, north on Colorado Avenue, then back to the Yambilee grounds on Vine Street.
Krewe of Good Friends of the Oaks – Downtown Port Allen, 1:00 p.m.
This krewe from Port Allen rides for it 36th year in downtown. They are working on a few surprised to make this year’s parade the most entertaining parade ever! Be there to check out their theme: Wild Kingdom.
Route (MAP): The Krewe of Good Friends of the Oaks parade begins and ends on Oaks Avenue in front of Rivault Park. It rolls on Jefferson Avenue and 6th Street.
Krewe of Comogo – Plaquemine, 7:00 p.m.
The Krewe of Comogo celebrates the life of Brenda Comeaux, who truly loved Mardi Gras. This krewe is also the only night time parade krewe in Iberville Parish.
Route (MAP): The parade begins in front of the St. John the Evangelist Church on Main Street and ends off of Belleview Drive.
Monday, February 24
Queen Evangeline’s Parade – Downtown Lafayette, 6:00 p.m.
This parade leads Lundi Gras through downtown Lafayette. Immediately following this parade is the Krewe of Triton.
Route: The Queen Evangeline’s Parade rolls through downtown and finishes at Cajun Field.
Krewe of Triton – Downtown Lafayette, 8:00 p.m.
The Krewe of Triton looks forward to their ball each year, but you can’t forget about the 40-year-old parade. It rolls following Queen Evangeline’s Parade. See the Krewe of Triton’s theme this year: When worlds collide.
Tuesday, February 25
King Gabriel Parade – Lafayette, 10:00 a.m.
Route: King Gabriel’s Parade begins at Pontiac Point and ends at Cajun Field.
Lafayette Mardi Gras Festival Parade – Lafayette, 1:00 p.m.
Route: The festival’s parade runs from downtown Lafayette to Cajun Field.
Townsquare Media Independent Parade – Downtown Lafayette, 2:30 p.m.
This is Lafayette’s last parade for Mardi Gras 2020. Meet new people, reconnect with family and friends, and catch beads for a grand Acadiana Mardi Gras time.
Route: This parade rolls from Vine Street in Downtown Lafayette to the Cajun Dome.
Opelousas Mardi Gras Parade – Opelousas, 10:00 a.m.
The Opelousas Mardi Gras celebration will feature the Imperial Mardi Gras event which boasts a Mardi Gras Ball on February 15, a Lundi Gras celebration, and a Mardi Gras Parade all coupled with live performances.
Route (MAP): The parade will travel down East Landry, turn left on Liberty, and travel back up Vine Street.
Grand Marais Mardi Gras Parade – Jeanerette, 11:00 a.m.
This family-oriented Mardi Gras parade celebrates with floats, bands, dance groups, Mardi Gras royalty, Grand Marshal, elaborate and colorful costumes, and tons of beads and throws. Also, see the most original and ugly costumes.
Route (MAP): The parades rolls along Highway 90 and College Road.
Franklin Mardi Gras Parade – Franklin, 1:00 p.m.
The city of Franklin celebrates its bicentennial in 2020, so expect that to be the general celebratory theme through the city all year. Their festive parade is embodied by several of the community’s krewes.
Route: The Franklin Mardi Gras Parade begins at Franklin High, rolls down Main Street and finishes back at Franklin High.
Family Affair Mardi Gras Parade – Loreauville, 2:00 p.m.
See this parade roll in Loreauville. Catch all of the beads and throws!
Route (MAP): The Family Affair Mardi Gras Parade rolls on Main Street in Loreauville.
Eunice Mardi Gras Celebration Parade – Eunice, 3:00 p.m.
Cut loose for Mardi Gras in Eunice. Their weekend-long event of live music, fais do-do dancing and an old time boucherie finishes with a parade at 3:00 p.m.
Location: The event happens at Walnut and 2nd Streets.