Here is a comprehensive list of all the parades and festivities occurring in and around the Lafayette area during Mardi Gras week. Whether you are game for a full week of Mardi Gras festivities or just feel like seeing one or two parades, you might print out this schedule and stick it to your refrigerator. The following is comprehensive list of parades and festivities occurring in and around the Lafayette area during Mardi Gras week. Have fun. Be careful. And watch out for pedestrians.
Krewe des Chiens Parade
The annual parade for dogs. Downtown, Lafayette. Costume contest at noon, parade at 2 p.m. www.paradefordogs.com.
Krewe of Carnivale en Rio Parade
Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette. Lafayette's newest krewe parades with spectacular new floats and nearly 600 riders armed with over 60 tons of the coolest collection of beads and throws. 984-6522, www.kreweofrio.com
Courir de Mardi Gras - Old-Fashion Mardi Gras Run
Vermilionville, 300 Fisher Rd., 10:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lafayette. The Basile Mardi Gras Association returns to stir up mischief and fun by bringing their country Mardi Gras to the city. On Sunday, they will bring many of their deep-rooted traditions including costumes and begging for gumbo ingredients in a tradition "run" through the historic village. After the run, gumbo will be available for purchase. There will also be a king cake demonstration at 12:30 p.m. The Lafayette Rhythm Devils perform at 1 p.m.
Adults - $8,
Senior Citizens - $6.50
Children - $5
Under 6 yrs. - free
Memberships honored. AAA Members receive $1.00-off admission.
Scott Mardi Gras Parade
Friday Night Parade
Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette. Featuring multiple krewes from the Greater Southwest Mardi Gras Association.
Le Festival de Mardi Gras a Lafayette
Cajun Field, Lafayette. Presented by the Greater Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association, the festival includes an exciting carnival midway, native Cajun foods and an outstanding line-up of live entertainment. To make the festival a complete Mardi Gras experience, all of Lafayette's parades roll through the festival grounds.
Carencro Mardi Gras Parade
Downtown, Carencro. 11 a.m. Organized by the Carencro Mardi Gras Association, the parade begins at Carencro High School.
Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette. 12:30 p.m. Featuring Greater Southwest Mardi Gras Association children's krewes.
Youngsville Mardi Gras Parade
Public Works building to Fountain View, Youngsville. 1 p.m.
Krewe of Bonaparte Parade
Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette. 6:30 p.m.
March 7 ~ Lundi Gras
Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette. 6 p.m. Celebrating Queen Evangeline and her Court.
March 8 ~ Mardi Gras Day
King's Court at Mardi Gras
Corner of Polk & Vermilion, Lafayette. Music, food, fun, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Costume contest, 9 a.m. 291-5566
Mardi Gras Show at Clark Field
Clark Field Stadium, Lafayette. 9 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Experience North Lafayette's cultural diversity with music, food, costume designers, dancers and fun.
Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette. 10 a.m. Celebrating King Gabriel, who reigns over the Lafayette Mardi Gras.
Lafayette Mardi Gras Festival Parade
Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette. 1 p.m. Celebrating King Toussaint L'Ouverture and Queen Suzanne Simmone.
Fox 15 Independent Parade
Downtown to Cajun Field, Lafayette. 2 p.m.
Greater Southwest La. Mardi Gras Ball & Pageant
Heymann Performing Arts Center, Lafayette. 8 p.m. midnight.
The pomp and splendor of Mardi Gras royalty is open to the public. The pageant starts at 8 p.m., followed by a formal Mardi Gras ball.
Aditional parades and festivities occurring outside of the Lafayette area.
March 4, 7 p.m.
March 5, 2 pm.
Krewe of Omega Parade
March 5, 3 p.m.
Krewe of Barkus Parade
March 6, 3 p.m.
March 8, 5:30 p.m.
Krewe of Krewes Parade
Krewe of Ezana Jeanerette Mardi Gras Parade
Courir du Mardi Gras
March 8, 11 a.m.
Grand Marais Mardi Gras Parade
March 8, 1 p.m.
Krewe of Coteau Mardi Gras Parade
March 8, 2 pm.
Family Affair Mardi Gras Parade
March 4, 7 p.m.
Krewe of Adonis Parade
March 5, 2 p.m.
Krewe of Dionysus Parade
March 5, 1 p.m.
Cypremort Point Parade
March 5, 11 a.m.
Baldwin Mardi Gras Parade
March 6, 2 pm.
Krewe of Galatea Parade
March 7, 2 p.m.
Krewe of Amani Parade
March 8, 2 p.m.
Krewe of Hephaestus Parade
March 8, 1 p.m.
Feb. 25, 6 p.m.
Krewe of Hercules
Feb. 26, noon
Krewe of Tee Caillou
Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m.
Krewe of Aquarius
Feb. 27, noon
Krewe of Hyacinthians & Krewe of Titans
March 4, 6:30 p.m.
Krewe of Aphrodite
March 5, 6:30 p.m.
Krewe of Mardi Gras
March 6, 12:30 p.m.
Krewe of Terreanians & Krewe of Tut
March 6, 2 p.m.
Krewe of Montegut
March 7, 6:30 pm.
Krewe of Cleopatra
March 8, 11 a.m.
Krewe of Houmas & Krewe of Kajuns
March 8, 4 p.m.
Krewe of Bonne Terre