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The Mardi Gras season begins February 17, 2017 continuing through 'Fat Tuesday'/Mardi Gras Day, February 28, 2017

Mardi Gras is called "the biggest party on Earth" and Jefferson Parish is inviting you to that party! Spanning over two sides of the Mississippi River, the East Bank and the West Bank, Jefferson Parish offers Mardi Gras fun wherever you may be located. Come and experience the sites, the sounds, the food, the music, the parades and of course, the BEADS in this family friendly celebration of Mardi Gras.An asset to the carnival season is the annual Family Gras event taking place the first weekend of carnival in the metropolitan area, February 17-19, 2017.  Family Gras is a three-day festival of concerts with local and national acts, local cuisine, an art market, kids zone, and various sponsor booths and the pageantry of the carnival parades!

Mardi Gras was brought to Louisiana by early French settlers. The first record of the holiday being marked in Louisiana is 1699. The starting date of festivities in New Orleans is unknown, but an account from 1743 notes that the custom of Carnival balls was already established by that date. Processions and masking in the streets on Mardi Gras Day took place, were sometimes prohibited by law, and were quickly renewed whenever such restrictions were lifted or enforcement waned , in 1833 Bernard Xavier de Marigny de Mandeville a rich plantation owner raised money to fund an official Mardi Gras celebration.

On Mardi Gras of 1857 the Mystic Krewe of Comus held its first parade. Comus is the oldest continuously active Mardi Gras organization nd started a number of continuing traditions (for example, the use of floats in parades) and is considered the first Carnival krewe in the modern sense. War, economic, political, and weather conditions sometimes led to cancelation of some or all major parades, especially during the American Civil War and World War II, but celebration of Carnival has always been observed in the city.

Today, many krewes operate under a business structure; membership is basically open to anyone who pays dues to have a place on a parade float. In contrast, the old-line krewes use the structure of the parades and balls to extend the traditions of the debutante season in their social circles.

 

 

The Colors of Mardi Gras
The traditional colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green, and gold. These are said to have been chosen in 1892, when the Rex Parade theme "Symbolism of Colors" gave the colors their meanings.

  • Purple - Justice
  • Green - Faith
  • Gold - Power

 

 

 

2017 MARDI GRAS PARADE SCHEDULE
                                                                              

KREWE OF EXCALIBUR

FRIDAY

2/17/17

7:00  PM

 KREWE OF ATHENA

FRIDAY

2/17/17

7:30 PM

KREWE OF ADONIS  (WB)

SATURDAY

2/18/17

11:45 AM

KREWE OF CAESAR

SATURDAY

2/18/17

6:00 PM

KREWE OF CENTURIONS

FRIDAY

2/24/17

7:00 PM

KREWE OF ISIS

SATURDAY

2/25/17

6:30 PM

KREWE OF NAPOLEON

SUNDAY

2/26/17

5:00 PM

KREWE OF PANDORA

MONDAY

2/27/17

7:00 PM

KREWE OF ARGUS

TUESDAY

2/28/17

10:00 AM

KREWEOF ELKS TRUCKS

TUESDAY

2/28/17

FOLLOWS ARGUS

KREWE OF JEFFERSON TRUCKS

TUESDAY

2/28/17

FOLLOWS ELKS


Parade Routes -
Watch the pageantry of Mardi Gras along one of Jefferson's routes.  Whether you are heading out to catch a parade on the eastbank or westbank of Jefferson Parish we have you covered with accurate full color routes.    
Click here for the the Complete list of Jefferson Parish Parade Routes

 

YOU CAN RIDE IN A PARADE TOO!

YOU can ride in a parade!  There is room for you, and even your group in Jefferson Parish carnival!  Many of the Jefferson 'krewes' invite you to join them as they parade this year.  Basic membership information can be found by clicking the links where applicable below.  Some 'krewes' have special guest packages/rates where an individual or group's costume and throws are included along with load-in of all throws to your assigend float!  Check listing below for participating carnival 'krewes':

Krewe of Excalibur:

The Krewe of Excalibur parades along Veterans Memorial Boulevard in a safe, family atmosphere that millions of people have enjoyed over the years. This is our 16th Parade, and over the years we have catered to this atmosphere by making our parade a fun time with bands or dance groups between every float, by throwing items specially designed for children like youth t-shirts, stuffed castles and hand decorated shields, and by having family related socials throughout the year. We are also the first parade of the season, so it’s very well attended by the public. This year the parade will be on Friday February 17, 2017.

The Krewe of Excalibur’s unique theme takes Mardi Gras to the medieval. Our krewe celebrates the best traditions of New Orleans, King Arthur, Queen Guinevere and the Knights of the Round Table. If you know the difference between a knight and a lord, a squire and a steward, and a lady and a maiden, you’re already a member. Our club is known for lavish, over-the-top court costumes.

Membership Application
Special Corporate Rider Information/Application

 

Krewe of Pandora:

Born out of the love for the Mardi Gras season, we are the hottest new all female Mardi Gras Krewe, parading in Jefferson Parish for the second time for the 2016-2017 season. The Krewe of Pandora also parades along Veterans Memorial Boulevard in a safe, family atmosphere where millions of carnival revelers haved enjoyed Mardi Gras.  We had an amazing ride last year, and we are ready to do it again.  Grab your girls and join today.  parades along Veterans Memorial Boulevard in a safe, family atmosphere that millions of people have enjoyed over the years

If you are interested in joining the hottest new all-female Mardi Gras Krewe in Jefferson Parish and you want to "Party with Pandora" , download the application to register via mail or select below to register online.

Membership Application