Mardi Gras 2020 Parade Guide for the United States

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.

The next Mardi Gras will be on February 25, 2020. Parades and balls began in many locations in January.

Epiphany, on January 6, begins the carnival season in New Orleans and other locales.

Mardi Gras is always on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, and can fall on any Tuesday between February 3 and March 9 (depending on the date of Easter, and 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 parades are organized by social clubs known as "krewes", and usually follow the same parade route each year.

Included below is a list of the highlights of Mardi Gras events scheduled in Louisiana, Texas and other states during 2020 ... the list focuses 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.

 

Throw me something mister!

Beads in the air at Mardi Gras ... these cheap strings of multi-colored beads have been thrown from floats to eager parade-goers for decades. Also thrown from floats are the coin-like plastic or wooden "doubloons". Seen here is Mardi Gras at Universal Studios in Orlando.

Throw me something mister!

 

Mardi Gras Parades & Events in Louisiana in 2020

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
Krewe of Good Friends of the Oaks Mardi Gras Parade in Port Allen
March 3, 2019, at 1:00pm
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

 

Mardi Gras fun in downtown New Orleans
Mardi Gras fun in downtown New Orleans

 

 

Where to Experience Mardi Gras in Texas in 2020

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
Dallas

Krewe of Orleans Mardi Gras Ball

Annual Mardi Gras Texas Style:
State Fairgrounds in Dallas

Lake Dallas Mardi Gras

Galveston

Galveston Mardi Gras

Galveston.com 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
Jasper Jasper Mardi Gras
Jefferson Jefferson Mardi Gras
Krewe of Hebe
McKinney Krewe of Barkus Mardi Gras
Midland Midland Mardi Gras
Nocono Nocono Mardi Gras
Palestine Palestine Mardi Gras
Port Arthur Port Arthur Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas
San Antonio Bud Light Mardi Gras Parade & Festival
Texaarkana Texarkana Mardi Gras
Texas City Mainland Mardi Gras
Waco Waco Mardi Gras Ball

 

Mardi Gras parade and festivities in downtown Galveston, Texas
(Courtesy of the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau) 

Mardi Gras parade and festivities in downtown Galveston, Texas

 

 

Mardi Gras Events Across the United States in 2020

Mardi Gras in Alabama
Daphne Daphne Mardi Gras
Decatur Decatur Carnegie Carnival
Fairhope Fairhope Mardi Gras
Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Gulf Shores Mardi Gras
Huntsville Huntsville Mardi Gras
Mobile Mobile Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras in Arkansas
Eureka Springs Eureka Springs Mardi Gras
Fayetteville Fayetteville Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras in California
Nevada City Annual Mardi Gras Parade & Street Faire
San Diego San Diego Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras in Colorado
Denver Denver Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras in Florida
Dunedin Dunedin Mardi Gras Parade
Lake Wales Lake Wales Mardi Gras
Leesburg Mardi Gras Party in the Street
Navarre Navarre Beach Mardi Gras
Orlando Universal Studios
Panama City Beach PCB Mardi Gras and Music Festival
Pensacola Pensacola Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras in Georgia
St. Marys Annual Mardi Gras Festival & Parade
Mardi Gras in Mississippi
Long Beach & Mississippi Gulf Coast Gulf Coast Mardi Gras
Vicksburg Vicksburg 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 Oregon
Portland Portland 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
Mardi Gras in Wisconsin
La Crosse Coulee Region Mardi Gras

 

Mardi Gras parade and festivities in downtown Mobile, Alabama (Courtesy of Visit Mobile) 
Mardi Gras parade and festivities in downtown Mobile, Alabama
Mardi Gras at Pier Park in Panama City Beach, Florida
Mardi Gras at Pier Park in Panama City Beach, Florida

 

Mardi Gras King Cakes

Long a Mardi Gras tradition, the King Cake is made from a rich dough and filled with cream cheese, cinnamon, chocolate, or other goodies. It is topped with a glaze and sprinkles, in the Mardi Gras colors or gold, green, and purple.

There is traditionally a small baby inside the cake ... whoever gets the baby in their piece of the King Cake gets the honor of bringing the next cake to the party or office!

It's just not Mardi Gras without a King Cake!
It's just not Mardi Gras without a king cake!
Mardi Gras Parade Float and Fans (Photograph courtesy of Louisiana Travel)
Louisiana Mardi Gras Parade

 

Mardi Gras Dates in Upcoming Years

New Orleans ... famous for Mardi GrasNew Orleans ... famous for Mardi Gras

Calculating future Mardi Gras dates really isn't that complicated!

Easter is on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox. The date can range from March 23 to April 25. Ash Wednesday is 46 days before Easter, and Fat Tuesday is always the day before Ash Wednesday.

With that said, here is a list of the next four Mardi Gras dates:

  • February 25, 2020
  • February 16, 2021
  • March 1, 2022
  • February 21, 2023

 

Masked riders throwing beads during a Mardi Gras parade
Masked riders throwing beads during a Mardi Gras parade
Mardi Gras Parade in Gulf Shores, Alabama
Mardi Gras Parade in Gulf Shores, Alabama
Mardi Gras in San Diego, California
Mardi Gras in San Diego, California