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Family-Friendly Mardi Gras

If you want to celebrate Mardi Gras, but are unsure about all of the craziness that may come with it, consider celebrating in Lafayette, LA! Mardi Gras has gotten a bit of a “risqué” reputation due to the way it is celebrated in some parts of New Orleans, but it isn’t like that everywhere.

Don’t get me wrong, New Orleans Mardi Gras can be a fun experience, but Lafayette Mardi Gras is more family-oriented while still keeping up the party atmosphere.

For starters, absolutely no “flashing” (exposing oneself) is permitted at any of the parades. Also, viewers are not allowed to throw items at float riders, carry glass containers, nor have items made with the sole purpose of producing a “popping” noise (firecrackers, poppers, whips, etc.). Most of Lafayette parade routes are also lined with barricades to prevent injuries.

Lafayette has many Mardi Gras activities for celebrators of all ages, including the Krewe Des Chiens Canine Parade where all types of dogs are walked through the route sporting silly costumes!

There is also the Children’s Parade that takes place on a partial route, and theFestival de Mardi Gras held at Cajun Field with carnival rides, games, live music, and delicious food!

If you are looking to get a fun, but safer, Mardi Gras experience come celebrate with us! Lafayette and its surrounding areas offer over 30 parades during Mardi Gras season. For a full schedule and more information on the parades and other activities, visit

By: Whitney Ross, Lafayette Native