There is no shortage of fun to be had at Mardi Gras, but narrowing down your choices can be overwhelming. We’ve picked a few of our favorite options to keep in mind. Remember to stay hydrated, use the buddy system, wear closed-toe shoes, and bring your own TP.
Mamou Courir de Mardi Gras
In this traditional Mardi Gras Run, participants wear masks, colorful costumes, and capuchons (cone-shaped hats) while riding through town on their horses. They saddle up just after dawn, some still drunk from the night before, and make a “run” from house to house in search of gumbo ingredients. There’s music, lots of lukewarm beer, and on their way back into town, a parade. It is a tradition passed down through the generations, and definitely something worth witnessing.
Baton Rouge’s Spanish Town parade is always a wild time, drawing tens of thousands of people to downtown. This year, the route has been extended to help spread out the crowd a bit and improve safety. Recognized by its signature color, pink, and its mascot, the flamingo, Spanish Town embraces quirky and satirical themes each year. This year is bound to be a blast with the Game of Thongs premise. So, throw on some pink, find your feather boa, and head downtown on February 10.
Wanna get nuts? Then you need to check out Baton Rouge’s newest Mardi Gras parade rolling through Mid City. The residents of the neighborhood are excited to finally bring a parade to their stomping ground. With the parade’s logo of a squirrel driving a tractor, this event promises to be a whacky good time. John Gray of The Michael Foster Project has been announced as the grand marshal of the inaugural parade. The parade will roll down North Boulevard.
New Orleans Parades
If you’re in search of the traditional Mardi Gras experience, don’t fret, you’ve got tons of options. At last count, there were 60 Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans and the surrounding areas between February 1 and February 13. Even though things can get lewd and rowdy, you’ll find everyone from kids to grandmas clambering for beads and doubloons. So, make your plans now. Be sure to get there early to claim your spot along the parade route, and always scope out the closest bathroom. With parades rolling one after the other, this can be an all-day event.
Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Festival
This is the fifth year of the local Mardi Gras Festival and the lineup is sure to impress. Get yourself downtown on February 10 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. to experience food, drink, and the sounds of some amazing live performers. Led by Henry Turner Jr. and Flavor, they’ve also got Meshach Jackson, Uncle Chess and the Groove Band, The Patrons, Smokehouse Porter and Miss Mamie, and many more. Put on your dancing shoes, bring the whole family, and enjoy this FREE event.