FEBRUARY 17-19, 2017
Family Gras is the perfect getaway for family. 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 with Live Music on the Festival Plaza Main Stage by National Artists and Louisiana's own.
With past performances by Frankie Valli and the Four Season, Tony Orlando, the Pointer Sisters, Blood Sweat & Tears, The Drifters, Hot Chelle Rae, Montgomery Gentry, Zack Brown Band, Big Bad VooDoo Daddy, Leann Rimes, Tito Jackson, Here Come The Mummies, Becky G., the Doodlebops and so many more you know Family Gras offers such a variety of talent each year the entire family can enjoy!
Concerts, Mardi Gras parades! Fabulous Flambeau Food Court & Beverage Zones, Kid-friendly activities, an Art Market and more.
If you prefer an "up close & personal" experience with backstage access and premium stage viewing, access to VIP food & beverage, the VIP 3 day weekend Royal Pass is available for $99.00 per person (ages 4 & older). Purchase online beginning December 2016 at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets will be available for purchase online through Thursday, February 16th. Ticket(s) may be purchased on site beginning 4:30 p.m. Friday, February 17th (cash only on-site).
Visit Family Gras' Art Market open daily during the festival featuring hand made crafts, one-of-a-kind artwork, photography, jewelry, fun Louisiana & Mardi Gras inspired pieces & more.
Family Gras' Flambeau Food Court is an annual feast of fabulous Louisiana fare! Enjoy local favorites such as jambalaya, crab cakes, fried catfish & shrimp, etouffee, and alligator on a stick! Enjoy festival foods such as hot dogs & corn dogs, funnel cake, hamburgers and fries. Also enjoy specialty treats, like popcorn, caramel corn & frozen yogurt.
Visit the Family Gras Kid's Court for exciting fun activities! Face Painting, wax creations, and more!
FOR YOUR FUN & SAFETY PLEASE REFER TO THE LIST BELOW FOR WHAT IS & IS NOT ALLOWED AND/OR SUGGESTED ON SITE:
- Single, collapsible chairs
- Blankets & ground tarps
- Wheelchairs, medical scooters
- Strollers for children
- Wagons or pull-carts
- Ice Chests/Coolers
- Outside food or drinks of any kind
- Personalized tents, shade canopies
- No other shelters/shacks/sport-brellas
- No Skateboards
- No glass
- No pets
- No video and audio recording equipment
- Unauthorized vending or solicitation
- Weapons, illicit drugs, and other contraband
- No Bicycles*
*Bike racks will be available on site
"THROW ME SOMETHING, MISTER!" PARADES DURING FAMILY GRAS LISTED BELOW:
Krewe of Excalibur
Friday, February 17th the celebration kicks off with the Krewe of Excalibur Parade arriving at Festival Site approximately 8:30 p.m.
Krewe of Athena
Friday, February 17, 2017 the fun continues with the Krewe of Athena Parade arriving at Festival Plaza approximately 9:00 p.m.
Krewe of Caesar
Saturday, February 18th is the traditional pageantry of the Krewe of Caesar Parade arriving at Festival Site approximately 7:30 p.m
VISIT OUR MARDI GRAS PAGE FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF CARNIVAL PARADES & ROUTES!