Mardi Gras in New OrleansMardi Gras in New Orleans

Mardi Gras is celebrated with parades and balls in cities and towns all over the United States before Lent each year. Listed below are Mardi Gras parades from North Carolina to California, from Alabama to South Dakota, and many places in between. Also included are detailed Mardi Gras activities in Louisiana and Texas.

Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, was last celebrated on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Parades and balls will begin in many locations in January.

Mardi Gras is always on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. The day  before Mardi Gras is known as Shrove Monday or Lundi Gras.

This magnificent, costumed, beaded and feathered carnival is rich with tradition and is all about having a good time!

The classic Mardi Gras colors are purple, green and gold, symbolizing justice, faith and power.

Mardi Gras 2018

Included below is a list of the highlights of Mardi Gras events scheduled in Louisiana, Texas and other states during 2018, focusing on long-running krewes and those with widespread appeal. Click on city/event links for details and parade schedules and dates.

We recommend you check with individual parade sponsors to determine the latest parade schedules, routes, times and other information.

Mardi Gras Parades & Events in Louisiana in 2018

New Orleans & Southeast Louisiana

New Orleans Area Mardi Gras:
French Quarter, Uptown, Mid-City, Chalmette, Westbank, Metairie

Krewe of Rex
Krewe of Bacchus
Krewe of Zulu
Krewe of Mid-City
Krewe of Endymion
Truck Parade of Crescent City

Jefferson Parish Mardi Gras
St. Tammany & Northshore Mardi Gras:
Slidell, Pearl River, Mandeville, Covington
Krewe of Olympia
Houma Mardi Gras
Morgan City Mardi Gras
Cajun Bayou Mardi Gras:
Thibodaux, Larose, Golden Meadow, Lockport, Chackbay
Bogalusa Mardi Gras
Baton Rouge Area
Baton Rouge Mardi Gras
Spanish Town Mardi Gras
Krewe of Southdowns
Krewe of Artemis
Krewe of Orion
Plaquemine Mardi Gras
Pointe Coupee Parish Mardi Gras:
New Roads, Livonia, Batchelor
Acadiana & Southwest Louisiana
Lafayette Parish Mardi Gras:
Lafayette, Scott, Youngsville, Carencro
Lake Charles & SW Louisiana Mardi Gras:
Lake Charles, Sulphur, Iowa, Vinton
St Landry Parish Mardi Gras
Iberia Parish Mardi Gras:
New Iberia, Jeanerette, Coteau, Loreauville
Acadia Parish Mardi Gras:
Rayne, Morse, Crowley, Iota, Church Pointe
Iota Tee Mamou Mardi Gras Festival
Vermilion Parish Mardi Gras:
Kaplan and Gueydan
Eunice Mardi Gras
Church Point Mardi Gras
Central Louisiana
Alexandria Mardi Gras
Natchitoches Mardi Gras
Leesville Mardi Gras
Woodworth Mardi Gras
North Louisiana
Monroe - West Monroe Mardi Gras
Krewe of Janus
Shreveport - Bossier Mardi Gras
Krewe of Highland
Krewe of Centaur
Krewe of Gemini
Webster Parish Mardi Gras:
Minden, Springhill


Where to Experience Mardi Gras 2018 in Texas

Mardi Gras in Texas
Bandera Annual 11th Street Cowboy Mardi Gras
Bolivar Peninsula Bolivar Peninsula Mardi Gras
Lighthouse Krewe
Clear Lake Yachty Gras
Corpus Christi Barefoot Mardi Gras Festival

Krewe of Orleans Mardi Gras Ball

Oak Cliff Mardi Gras

17th Annual Mardi Gras Texas Style:
State Fairgrounds in Dallas

Lake Dallas Mardi Gras


Galveston Mardi Gras Mardi Gras

Texas A&M at Galveston Mardi Gras
Krewe of Aquarius
Knights of Momus
Moody Gardens Mardi Gras Ball for Special People

Houston Krewe of Olympus
Huntsville Mardi Gras Huntsville
Jefferson Jefferson Mardi Gras
Krewe of Heb
McKinney Krewe of Barkus Mardi Gras
Midland Midland Mardi Gras
Nocono Nocono Mardi Gras
Port Arthur Port Arthur Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas
San Antonio Bud Light Mardi Gras Parade & Festival
Texas City Mainland Mardi Gras
Waco Waco Mardi Gras Ball


Throw me something mister!
Throw me something mister! Beads in the air at Mardi Gras


Mardi Gras 2018 Events Across the United States

Mardi Gras in Alabama
Daphne Daphne Mardi Gras
Fairhope Fairhope Mardi Gras
Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Gulf Shores Mardi Gras
Mobile Mobile Mardi Gras 2018
Mardi Gras in Arkansas
Eureka Springs Eureka Springs Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras in California
Nevada City 26th Annual Mardi Gras Parade & Street Faire
Mardi Gras in Florida
Lake Wales Lake Wales Mardi Gras
Navarre Navarre Beach Mardi Gras
Panama City Beach PCB Mardi Gras and Music Festival
Pensacola Pensacola Mardi Gras 2018
Mardi Gras in Mississippi
Long Beach & Mississippi Gulf Coast Gulf Coast Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras in Missouri
St. Louis St. Louis Soulard Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras in New Mexico
Red River Mardi Gras  in the Mountains
Mardi Gras in New York
Ellicottville Mardi Gras Parade & Winter Carnival
Mardi Gras in North Carolina
Asheville Asheville Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras in Oklahoma
Norman Norman Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras in South Dakota
Deadwood Deadwood Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. Mystick Krewe of Louisianians

Jefferson Chamber Mardi Gras 2018
Mardi Gras in Wisconsin
La Crosse Coulee Region Mardi Gras


Louisiana Mardi Gras Parade
Mardi Gras Parade Float and Fans (Photograph courtesy of Louisiana Travel)
Mardi Gras Parade in Gulf Shores, Alabama
Mardi Gras Parade in Gulf Shores, Alabama

Mardi Gras at Pier Park in Panama City Beach, Florida
Mardi Gras at Pier Park in Panama City Beach, Florida