2023 Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Events

Published: Dec. 16, 2022 at 3:41 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 21, 2023 at 4:46 PM CST
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - Mardi Gras Day in Louisiana is on Feb. 21, but the events begin more than a month before! We’ll keep updating this list with events as they come in. If you have an event you’d like added to the calendar, email us at news@kplctv.com. Happy Mardi Gras!

Allen Parish

Feb. 20, 2023

  • Soileau Mardi Gras: Chicken run hosted by Metro Soileau Downs begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Gumbo and Zydeco dance at Allen Parish Civic Center starts at 6 p.m.

Beauregard Parish

Jan. 29, 2023

Feb. 18, 2023

Calcasieu Parish

Jan. 7, 2023

  • Mardi Gras 12th Night Kickoff Festival: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Lake Charles Civic Center ($10 admission, children 5 and under are admitted for free)

Feb. 11, 2023

  • Lion Backers’ Children’s Run in Vinton: 7 a.m.
  • Vinton Mardi Gras Parade: 12 p.m.

Feb. 15, 2023

  • Taste of Mardi Gras Party: 6–9 p.m. at Lake Charles Civic Center

Feb. 16, 2023

  • Mardi Gras Lighted Boat Parade: 7 p.m. at 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles

Feb. 17, 2023

  • Mardi Gras Merchants’ Parade: 7 p.m. in Lake Charles

Feb. 18, 2023

  • Children’s Mardi Gras Stroll: 11 a.m. in Lake Charles at 3rd Street & 1st Avenue
  • Krewe of Barkus Parade: TBD in Lake Charles
  • Krewe of Omega Parade: TBD in Lake Charles
  • World Famous Cajun Extravaganza & Gumbo Cook-off: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Lake Charles
  • Krewe of Illusions Extravaganza: 7 p.m. at Lake Charles Civic Center
  • Krewe of Cosmos Presentation: 6 p.m. in Sulphur
  • Jennings Mardi Gras Festival: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Founders Park in downtown Jennings.

Feb. 19, 2023

  • Mardi Gras Children’s Day: 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Lake Charles Civic Center
  • Mardi Gras Children’s Day Parade: 3:30 p.m. in Lake Charles

Feb. 20, 2023

  • Mardi Gras Royal Gala: 7 p.m. at Lake Charles Civic Center

Feb. 21, 2023

  • Second Line Stroll: 1 p.m. in Lake Charles
  • Jeeps on Parade: 2 p.m. in Lake Charles
  • Motor Gras Parade: 3 p.m. in Lake Charles
  • The Main Event (aka Krewe of Krewes Parade): 5 p.m. in Lake Charles
  • Iowa Chicken Run: 8 a.m. in Iowa. INFO
  • Mardi Gras in the Zone: 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in Lake Charles. INFO

*More specific information about Lake Charles events can be found at www.visitlakecharles.org

Jeff Davis Parish

Jan. 21, 2023

  • Welsh Mardi Gras Ball: 6 p.m.

Jan. 28, 2023

  • Welsh Mardi Gras Children’s Run
  • Lake Arthur Mardi Gras Ball: 6 p.m.

Feb. 4, 2023

Feb. 11, 2023

  • Lake Arthur Mardi Gras Run & Parade: Register
  • Jennings Mardi Gras Run & Parade

*More specific information about Jeff Davis events can be found at www.jeffdavis.org

Feb. 18, 2023

Feb. 19, 2023

  • CEASER’S Chicken Run

Vernon Parish

Feb. 18, 2023

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