Contrary to popular belief, Mardi Gras can be family-friendly. The festival seems like it was made for children, with floats derived from the depths of the most ingenious imaginations, costumes and masks that express an unending creativity, bold colors and joyous music abounds through parades. And, most importantly, the beads, doubloons and other treats thrown to the crowds from the floats are a child’s delight. It’s that time of year and we have your full Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Parade Schedule below!
Mardi Gras 2017 is Tuesday, February 28th
Madri Gras Fun Fact: Rex selected the official Mardi Gras colors in 1872 to honor the visiting Russian Grand Duke Alexis Alexandrovich Romanoff, whose house colors were purple, green and gold.
2017 Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Parade Schedule:
Please check the individual parade organizations’ websites for updated details.
Saturday, February 11 at 6:30 PM – The Krewe of Orion’s 18th annual Mardi Gras parade will roll through downtown Baton Rouge on Saturday, February 11 at 6:30 PM! This family-oriented parade begins and ends at the corner of Government Street and St. Philip Street. Parade goers will be treated to a lineup of exciting, colorful traditional lighted and tractor-pulled floats. Rollin’ with the theme of “It’s Good to be the King”! Masked and costumed riders will throw plenty of Orion parade theme medallions, footballs, cups, plush animals, swords, doubloons, lighted throws, and beads. Marching bands, as well as riding and marching units will be among the great sights and sounds at this wonderful parade.
Friday, February 17 at 7:00 PM – Join the excited revelers as they line the parade route while joining in the festivities and experiencing Baton Rouge Mardi Gras….Artemis style!! Revelers will be treated with themed throws, including the Krewe of Artemis’ signature High Heeled Shoe, along with footballs, tambourines, stuffed animals, float beads and lighted throws. Parade begins and ends at the corner of Government Street and St. Philip Street.
Saturday, February 18 at 2 PM – The Krewe of Mystique de la Capitale welcomes you to the 2017 Mardi Gras Parade as they celebrate 39 years of parading in Louisiana’s capital city. We are the city’s oldest parading Mardi Gras Krewe and we’ve shared 39 wonderful years of carnival fun in Baton Rouge. We will be joined this year by two other krewes from here in Baton Rouge, the Krewe of Romany and the Krewe of Iduna! We will have plenty of floats, marching bands, dancing groups and, of course, Throws!! We will roll at 2pm beginning near the Canes Rivercenter and proceed down River Road before our trip through downtown! We will post a map of our route when it becomes available closer to Parade day (should be the same as last year unless any construction downtown requires us to change slightly). We are family friendly and look forward to seeing you there!
Sunday, February 19 at 2pm – The CAAWS Mystic Krewe of Mutts is a family-oriented, fun-filled, parade and promises all a very special day. Mardi Gras colored costumes and pet-sized floats will roll along North Boulevard on February 19, 2017. Costume contests will be judged at 12 noon on the Town Square Stage and the Parade rolls at 2 pm with a new parade route. This annual event is CAAWS’ largest fundraiser to promote Spay/Neuter programs in the Baton Rouge area.
FOR SAFETY PURPOSES, NO RETRACTABLE LEASHES ARE ALLOWED, NOR ANY LEASHES LONGER THAN 6′. Your dog should have a proof of current rabies vaccination tag. No puppies under 12 weeks, aggressive dogs, or dogs in heat are allowed.
February 24, 2017, at 7PM – This parade is Baton Rouge’s family-friendly evening parade that rolls through the Southdowns Neighborhood from Glasgow Middle School. The theme for the Southdowns 2017 parade will be “Magical Mystery Tour”. The 30th Krewe of Southdowns Parade, Magical Mystery Tour, rolls at 7PM, rain or shine! This years royalty is King Jesse Gladney and Queen Adelaide Gladney! Children and pets are welcome. Attendees are asked not to park on the parade route itself. Off-route parking will be available.
The west side’s only nighttime parade. Lighted throws, street parties, family fun!
Sunday, February 26 at 1 PM – The 33rd Krewe of Good Friends of the Oaks Mardi Gras parade will begin and end at the corner of the LA-1 Service Rd and Oaks Ave. The parade route is as follows: east on Oaks Ave to Jefferson Ave, north on Jefferson Ave to Court St, west on Court St to Sixth St, north on Sixth St to Louisiana Ave, east on Louisiana Ave to Jefferson Ave, south on Jefferson Ave to Oaks Ave, west on Oaks Ave to LA-1 Service Rd.
February 26, 2017 – The west side’s only nighttime parade. Lighted throws, street parties, family fun! 57735 Main Street Plaquemine, LA 70764 Highway 1 South Plaquemine LA
Saturday, February 18 at 3 PM – Come show your support for Livingston Parish following the Great Flood of 2016. They are back in business! Flood waters cannot stop the spirit of Mardi Gras in Louisiana. The Mardi Gras Parade this year on Feb. 18, 2017 will be in honor of the Cajun Navy. During the recent flood their contribution to saving lives did not go unnoticed. We as the Krewe of Denham Springs would like to say Thank You. Help us by showing your support and joining the fun. God Bless the Cajun Navy.
Saturday, February 25 at 10 AM – 7 PM – Free Family Friendly Annual Mardi Gras Festival held in North Blvd Town Square, Downtown Baton Rouge. Enjoy a whole day of live music, art and great foodThe event will showcase live bands and Krewes, with a Vendor Village, art exhibits, food and more.
FEBRUARY 17-19, 2017
Concerts, Mardi Gras parades! Fabulous Flambeau Food Court & Beverage Zones, Kid-friendly activities, an Art Market and more.
Family Gras is the perfect getaway for family. A FREE event, Family Gras traditionally takes place on the neutral ground (median) of Veterans Memorial Boulevard across from Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie, Louisiana. An ideal location to see the pageantry of Mardi Gras and enjoy the outdoor concerts by national & local artists on the Mardi Gras Plaza stage. Shop the Art Market filled with a variety of items from Louisiana photography, framed artwork, regional decor, folkart, hair accessories, to hand-crafted jewelry. The kids court is filled with activities for kids 12 and younger. Face painting, unique hand-wax art, and interactive games.
With past performances by Frankie Valli and the Four Season, Tony Orlando, the Pointer Sisters, Blood Sweat & Tears, Zack Brown Band, The Monkees, Leann Rimes, Tito Jackson, Becky G., Jesse McCartney, The Imagination Movers and so many more you know Family Gras offers such a variety of talent each year the entire family can enjoy!
If you are new to Baton Rouge and or Louisiana, the only place you should avoid with kids is the French Quarter. It’s best to see the parades when they begin on St. Charles Avenue near Napoleon, since parades can go on well into the night by the end of the parade route. The Garden District are of St. Charles is also family area where you will see many families enjoying the day and planting themselves to see the parades.
On Fat Tuesday, visitors are encouraged to join the local tradition of masking. Zulu, an African American parade, leads the long day of parades on Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras itself. Children scramble for the much desired coconuts handed down by float riders.