Mardi Gras 2016 is in full swing! Costumes are being bought, king cakes are being baked, royal balls are being held, and parades are being planned. Here in Acadiana, you don’t have to worry about how you’re going to celebrate Mardi Gras this year. Here are only a few of the countless Mardi Gras celebrations going on throughout South Louisiana:
King Cake 5K
This Mardi Gras inspired 5K Race will be held in Sugar Mill Pond on Saturday, January 30 from 8 AM to 11 AM. Race registration is $35 and includes a cool Baseball Jersey style Race t-shirt and ALL YOU CAN EAT KING CAKE! This event is fun for the whole family! A Kiddie Court with games and activities will be on site and a DJ playing your favorite Mardi Gras Party tunes.
Carencro Mardi Gras Parade
Head over to the city of Carencro on Saturday, January 30 at 11 AM as their annual Mardi Gras parade takes to the streets. The Carencro Mardi Gras Association promises this year’s parade to be one of the best, highlighted by colorful floats, extravagant costumes, and an all around fun time for the whole family.
Krewe des Chiens Parade
The annual Krewe des Chiens Parade in Downtown Lafayette is arguably the most adorable and charitable Mardi Gras parade in Acadiana. Head Downtown on Saturday, January 30 at 2 PM for the procession of Lafayette’s canine royalty. This year’s theme is “Super Bowl Pawty: The Ultimate Tailgating Experience”!
Krewe of Carnivale en Rio Parade
The Krewe of Carnivale en Rio Parade is known beautifully decorated floats, rocking bands and some of the best beads and throws in Acadiana! The Rio parade rolls on Saturday, January 30 at 6:30 PM and will capture the attention and praise of over 100,000 smiling spectators.
Scott Mardi Gras Parade
The Scott Business Association will be hosting the 2016 annual Scott Mardi Gras Parade on Sunday, January 31 at 1 PM and and guarantees a fun and festive celebration that will be entirely family friendly!
Pawdi Gras on the Pond
Bring your children, friends, and four-legged family members to Sugar Mill Pond on Sunday, January 31 at 2:30 for their annual Dog and Children’s Parade benefiting Angel Paws of New Iberia Humane society. Kids can decorate bikes, scooters, and wagons and join the parade!