Not all Mardi Gras celebrations are created equal. Go off the beaten parade route to laissez le bon temps rouler or "let the good times roll" with some of Louisiana's weirdest, craziest and most authentic ways Louisianans enjoy Carnival season.

Extra Cajun. Extra entertaining.
Experience the thrill of authentic traditions like the squeezebox shootout, gumbo cookoffs and the chasing of the chickens at a traditional Courir de Mardi Gras.
Lake Charles
Gather around the shore of the lake to see the annual Lighted Boat Parade and other celebrations—but only after you’ve had your fill at the casinos.
Houma
With countless parades full of colorfully themed floats, marching bands and non-stop fun, you'll love this true Cajun celebration and one of the state’s largest Mardi Gras events.
Vermilion Parish
As founded by a group of women in 1955, Kaplan’s Mardi Gras is a must-do as are the Chic-a-la-pie children’s parade and the entire menu at Suire’s Restaurant and Grocery.
Iberia Parish
Grand Marais is an iconic Mardi Gras party with ultra-elaborate costume contests for everything from ugliest to the most original.
St. Landry Parish
Come to the Courir de Mardi Gras for costumed capuchons, the chicken chase and the kid’s version called Eunice Lil’ Mardi Gras.
Lafayette
Since 1869, Lafayette’s Le Festival de Mardi Gras has featured masked balls, walking parades and a host of carnival rides and revelry.
Cajun Coast
Mardi Gras means the magic of Oaklawn Manor and centuries-old celebrations plus all the King Cake you can eat.
Jeff Davis Parish
See the best accordion and squeezebox players in the world compete at the annual Squeezebox Shootout.
Louisiana's Cajun Bayou
Enjoy Mardi Gras in a way that only Cajuns can provide with 16 family-friendly parades, beautiful floats, beads, throws and more trinkets than you can carry.
St. Martin Parish
Watch the parade at Lake Fausse Pointe State Park before joining the Courir des Enfants as children parade around to find all of the ingredients for gumbo.
Old Louisiana. New experiences.
Explore iconic architecture, watch an eccentric parade featuring pink flamingos and enjoy some of the oldest celebrations near the Louisiana State Capitol.
Baton Rouge
One of the the most notable of the Capital City's many parades is Spanish Town–an irreverent celebration replete with irony, political satire and a kitschy pink flamingo mascot.
River Parishes
River Parish communities celebrate Mardi Gras much like they live—loudly, joyfully, and vibrantly. Come experience Rolling on the River and "laissez les bons temps rouler" River Style.
West Baton Rouge
Get into the Mardi Gras mix along the Mississippi River with beautiful parades, regional cuisine and a rich palette of flavors refined by generations of culture.
The Granddaddy of grand celebrations.
Watch parades roll and dance along to late-night jazz, brass and funk in the city of untraditional traditions—with new surprises every year.
Jefferson Parish
Enjoy an extravaganza of Mardi Gras parades, authentic cuisine, local art, kids' court plus a marching band competition and concerts featuring national artists and Louisiana favorites!
New Orleans
Louisiana is full of quirky Mardi Gras traditions, but New Orleans is the home base. Be here to see what new surprises are in store this year.
Fun on the up and up.
From flying hot dogs thrown at parades to costumed wiener dogs starring in them, enjoy all of the normal-to-us Mardi Gras sights and sounds.
Desoto Parish
It’s Carnival Time and the good times roll when Krewe of Demeter and Krewe of Aquarius bring their family friendly parades and festive street parties to Mansfield.
Ruston-Lincoln
Local art meets local flair with Ruston’s Roaring 20s Celebration and the Krewe of Allegro Mardi Gras Ball.
Shreveport
Dogs, cats, turtles, goats and more are the main attraction at Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Pet Parade.
Webster Parish
Get down and dirty at the Cajun Muddy Gras, the biggest, messiest, family-friendly Mardi Gras party around.
Monroe-West Monroe
This year's Roaring 20s rolls with a crazy costumed pet parade, children’s parade and the electrifying Krewe of Janus night parade.
Southern flavor. Quirky adventures.
Watch a parade for everything but ordinary. From the decorated lawn mowers competition to the boat parade, every day of Mardi Gras is something else.
St. Tammany Parish/Louisiana's Northshore
Extravagant boat parades and bedazzled lawnmower contests headline a series of one-of-a-kind traditions in St. Tammany Parish.
Washington Parish
From the Bogue Chitto and Bogalusa to points beyond and in between this corner of the state celebrates good food, good times and the nation’s largest free fair.
Tangipahoa Parish
Attend the Annual Krewe of Omega Mardi Gras Parade celebrating marching bands and crazy floats in a family-friendly zone.
Middle of it all.
Take a Mardi Gras road trip with pit stops for King Cakes, po'boys, classic car shows, masked balls and a whole lot more.
Allen Parish
With a 15-mile horse and wagon trail ride plus a kaleidoscope of costumes, Cajun music and the Annual Chicken Chase, there’s plenty to see and do.
Natchitoches
From Mardi Gras to meat pies, come over as the Roaring 20s Celebration rolls in Louisiana’s Oldest City.
Evangeline Parish
Compete in the prettiest (and ugliest) costume contests, attend the Cajun Music Festival and join the community hunt for ingredients for a gumbo feast.
Alexandria/Pineville
Tailgate with family and friends at the nighttime parade and watch illuminated floats ride across the bridge from Pineville to Alexandria.