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Around the State: Get Outta Town and Explore Louisiana's Unique Festivals and Celebrations

Feb 05, 2024 10:19AM ● By Ashley Evans
Mardi Gras is early this year, falling on February 13, 2024. New Orleans might get all the attention and, to be fair, it does host some of the biggest parades from the renowned traditions of Zulu and Rex to quirky events like Krewe of Chewbaccus. If you're looking for something more low-key, though, check out the following parades and celebrations around the state. 

1/27/24 Bayou King Cake Festival. Head to Downtown Thibodaux to sample a variety of locally baked King Cakes and vote on the one you believe is the best on the bayou! The celebration also features a children’s parade, live music and more. 

1/28/24 Mystic Krewe of Mutts Parade, put on by Baton Rouge’s animal welfare society, invites registrants to walk their dogs in the downtown parade. All proceeds go toward the organization’s spay/neuter program. 

2/4/24 Lafayette’s culturally rich Mardi Gras features the Courir de Mardi Gras: a traditional Mardi Gras run (find a pic). This family-friendly, interactive event shares in the medieval tradition of disguised revelers, led by Le Capitaine and singing La Chanson de Mardi Gras, making their way through the historic village begging for the ingredients to make a gumbo. 

2/10/24 Spanish Town historic district is the site of Baton Rouge's largest Mardi Gras parade, which is celebrated annually on the Saturday before Mardi Gras. In the weeks leading up to Mardi Gras, Spanish Town’s iconic pink flamingos flock to the LSU lakes. 

2/13/24 Pointe Coupee Parish, just across the Audubon Bridge, boasts the third-oldest Mardi Gras Parades. Bring the kids on Fat Tuesday to the “Little Carnival Capital” to catch the two big parades in New Roads.

Baton Rouge Family Fun has compiled a great list of family-friendly parades: Mardi Gras 2023 - Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Parade Schedule - (

Exciting news for Zachary! Let the good times and the squeaky balls roll! Zachary's local dog rescue, Must Luv Dogs Rescue, is hosting a Mardi Paws parade right here in Zachary on Sunday, February 11th . 
Funds raised by the event will directly support their mission in helping homeless and neglected dogs in our community. 
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More unique festivals to check out:

4th Annual Bayou Terrebonne Boucherie

MARCH 02, 2024

8043 Main Street, Houma LA 70360

March 2, 2024, marks the fourth Annual Bayou Terrebonne Boucherie—a day of food, festivity, and camaraderie downtown. Indulge in heaps of pork, enjoy live music, and witness the renowned Cajun Cup featuring bayou-themed competitions. Whether a spectator or participant, it promises a day of Cajun fun for the whole family while supporting Terrebonne Parish's quality-of-life projects.

Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Painting Competition

MARCH 16, 2024

317 E. Main St. New Iberia LA 70560

Embark on an artistic journey in Acadiana as Plein Air Painters scatter across Shadows-on-the-Teche gardens, Main Street, and Exotic Islands, transforming them into outdoor studios. Witness creativity come to life in the vibrant landscapes of Acadiana. The event offers a free paint-out, an art exhibit showcasing their masterpieces, an awards ceremony, and an enticing silent auction for art enthusiasts.

Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival

MARCH 20, 2024 - MARCH 24, 2024

214 Royal St. New Orleans LA 70130

Literary enthusiasts can engage in thought-provoking discussions, attend workshops, and connect with fellow writers. Celebrating its 38th year, this festival gathers in the historic French Quarter for a five-day extravaganza each spring. It pays homage to Tennessee Williams, literature, and the vibrant culture of New Orleans, drawing participants from across the globe to revel in this literary spectacle.

Louisiana Lao New Year Celebration

MARCH 31, 2024

7913 Champa Ave. Broussard LA 70518

Experience the vibrant festivities at Lanexang Village during their three-day Lao New Year celebration Easter weekend. Revel in live music, a captivating beauty pageant, lively parades, sandcastle building, and kids' activities. Explore diverse Southeast Asian offerings at vendor stalls, featuring clothing, jewelry, music, and delectable cuisine. Enhance your experience with a $50 VIP all-access pass, offering perks like reserved parking, complimentary food, guided tours, VIP parade lounge access, and entry to the Tea-time performance banquet.

Slidell Spring Antique Street Fair

MARCH 30, 2024 - MARCH 31, 2024

Erlanger, First & Second Streets; Slidell LA 70458

Dive into a weekend of treasures at the Slidell Spring Antique Street Fair. This family-friendly event offers a captivating array of antiques, collectibles, and arts and crafts from various vendors. Delight in delicious food and live music on three stages from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission invites exploration of unique shops, galleries, and the historical Slidell Museum, featuring fascinating Civil War artifacts.