Pooches, boats and floats are on parade in St. Tammany Parish’s fun and family-friendly Mardi Gras. If you’re looking for the gee-rated version of Carnival, find it here on Louisiana’s Northshore, just 45 minutes north of New Orleans’ French Quarter. See below for a list of parades, activities and things to do. Mardi Gras 2018 is on February 13. See below for a list of Mardi Gras events from January 6th through February 18th.
The Krewe of Bilge in Slidell and the Krewe of Tchefuncte in Madisonville are floating parades. Krewe members decorate water craft in Mardi Gras colors and hurl throws to throngs of parade-goers along the banks.
Krewe of Bilge
Saturday, Jan. 27 at 11am
This Krewe takes to the waterways of Eden Isles in Slidell, Louisiana tossing beads, cups and other favors to the shoreline. This year's theme: A Day at the Races. Starts at Marina Café on Harbor Drive; see website for route.
Krewe of Tchefuncte
Saturday, Feb. 3 at 1pm
The colorful boats-only floating parade founded in 1973 cruises the Tchefuncte River, starting at Salty’s Marina, then heads downriver and turns around to dock on both the north and south sides of the Hwy 22 bridge. King Neptune’s Marching Society precedes the boat parade by marching down Water Street to the reviewing stand. Theme: Krewe of Tchefuncte Celebrates a Pirate's Life.
Dog lovers will want to check out the Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws on the Mandeville Lakefront walking path. Family members traditionally “escort” their pets along the parade route, marching in costume, then congregating under the 100-year-old mossy oaks. Over in Slidell, on the east side of St. Tammany Parish, the whimsical Krewe de Paws celebrates furry friends, too, taking to the streets of Slidell’s historic Olde Towne district.
Krewe de Paws of Olde Towne
Saturday, Feb. 3 at 10am
Slidell’s Krewe for Canines donates any proceeds from its Olde Towne, one-mile marching parade to various local animal-loving non-profit organizations. This year's theme: "To the Rescue!" to celebrating pet rescues and adoptions. You and your pup can dress up as a favorite superhero or everyday hero. Decorate a wagon, stroller or cart and stock up on the throws! (No chocolate or food, though!)
Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws
Sunday, Feb. 18 at 2 pm
A walking parade featuring man's best friends, and their families, puts some bark into the Mardi Gras scene. Founded in 1999, the Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws features dogs sashaying in costume along the Mandeville lakefront in this fun parade that raises funds for area animal agencies. This year's theme: "Fables, Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes." Proceeds benefit the Ian Somerhalder Foundation.
Arthur Hardy, noted carnival historian, gives Mardi Paws credit for being the only krewe to parade after Fat Tuesday, thus avoiding any competition!
Announcing the arrival of Carnival season on the Northshore, the St. John Fools of Misrule marching krewe kicks things off by carousing through Covington on Twelfth Night. The Krewe of Push Mow in Abita Springs features homemade floats, many based on lawn equipment, decorated to humorous themes (past favorites include “What’s that Smell?” and "Dollar Store Dumpster Discoveries"). The floats take a funky and rousing cruise through the heart of Abita.
St. John Fools of Misrule
Saturday, Jan. 6 at 6pm
The Fools and Jewels of this krewe march through historic St. John District of old Covington (1813) on the Saturday closest to Twelfth Night (Jan. 6), also known as The Epiphany or King's Day. The organization's rituals are derived from an ancient English men's group that clamored along the evening streets creating unruliness with cowbells and whips while delivering jeers and spankings to those caught on the street unaware. The Fools of Misrule integrated into its name homage to the streets where it conducts its bawdy procession. Led by a “Lord of Misrule,” flambeaux and a brass band starting at Seiler Bar (434 N. Columbia Street), revelers follow a route along Lockwood St. west to the Covington Trailhead, south on New Hampshire St. to Boston, north along Columbia St. to end back at Seiler, stopping at watering holes and restaurants along the way. Their slogan: Vivere Vitam Omnino! – Live Life Completely!
Krewe of Push Mow
Saturday, Feb. 3 at 11am
Dozens of humorously themed homemade floats, many based on lawn equipment, take part in this rousing cruise through the heart of town. Lasts about an hour, finishing with an after-party disco at the Trailhead plaza. Prizes awarded for the kids' costume contest (12 and under). Starts at Abita Middle School down Main Street to Pine to Level; right turn before cafe onto Hickory, left on Main back to school. Roads leading into Abita Springs close about 10:45. Theme:Terrible New TV Channels.
Mona Lisa & MoonPie: Mona Fest
Saturday, March 10 at 7pm
Slidell's walking parade marches right out of Mardi Gras and into St. Paddy's Day! For the first time since its founding in 1984, the creative krewe's Carnival parade holds its annual parade the night before Slidell's St. Patrick's Day Parade in a new event called "Mona Fest."
See our event calendar for details on Mona Fest.
Krewe of Poseidon
Saturday, Jan. 27 at 6pm in Slidell
Theme: Fright Night
Floats will include Aliens, Dracula, Frankenstein, Gargoyles, Ghosts, Mummies, Werewolves and other scary creatures of the night. Has 560 members, 28 floats (mostly double-deckers), marching bands and lots of throws. This co-ed krewe was founded in 2015 with a goal of providing the citizens of Slidell and the surrounding areas with an exceptional parade indicative of the traditions and history of New Orleans Mardi Gras. Starts at the intersection of Berkley Street and Spartan Drive, and follows a route northwest to Highway 11, northeast to Hwy 190, and east through town just past the intersection of 190 and Kensington Boulevard.
Krewe of Slidellians
Sunday, Jan. 28 at 1pm in Slidell
Theme: Denim and Diamonds
Founded in 1947, the Slidell Women's Civic Club was formed to foster community service in eastern St. Tammany Parish and is open to the community for riders and sponsorships. The Krewe of Slidellians kicks off the Mardi Gras season in Slidell. Parades along Pontchartrain Dr. from Spartan Dr. to Hwy. 11, then along Front St. to Gause Blvd. and ending at Lindberg Drive.
Mystic Krewe of Perseus
Sunday, Jan. 28 in Slidell (follows Slidellians)
Theme: The Milky Way
Founded in 1970, Perseus hosts a thirteen-float parade with riders donning his or her own handmade costume. The Krewe’s 170 members throw hand-decorated plastic crabs, crab beads, slap bracelets, and cups. Route loads up at Fritchie Park and begins at Salmen High School. Immediately follows Slidellians’ parade.
Krewe of Pearl River Lions Club
Sunday, Jan. 28 in Pearl River
Theme: America's Heroes
This popular day parade is a whole-town celebration, with 12-15 floats, Pearl River High School's band, cheerleaders and clubs, as well as churches, civic groups, and families who just love a parade. Begins at Pearl River High School and continues south on Highway 41, turning left at the light onto Hwy. 11 and ending at the Pearl River Town Hall on Willis Alley. Founded in 1953, this krewe supports the Pearl River Lions Club charity, which provides eye care for qualifying individuals.
Krewe of Eve
Friday, Feb. 2 at 7pm in Mandeville
Theme: Once Upon a Time
The popular all-women krewe founded in 1985, with over 400 members in elaborately decorated sweatshirts, parades through the streets of Mandeville at night. The parade includes an annual competition of local and out-of-state marching bands, 22 beautifully decorated Blaine Kern floats floats and lots of throws for a fun family night. Starts near the junction of Hwy 22 and US 190 and follows W. Causeway Approach above Monroe St., crosses 190 and ends on E. Causeway Appr.
Krewe of Olympia
Saturday, Feb. 3 at 6pm in Covington
Theme: Olympia Stands for the Flag
Founded in 1965, this 300-member Krewe is the oldest in St. Tammany. Keeping the identity of King Zeus a secret, members ride on floats, trucks and horses interspersed with marching bands from across the Northshore. This year's parade features 16 krewe floats and 3 royalty floats with unique, lighted throws, the Tulane University Marching Band, and special appearances by the Disco Amigos, the Laissez Boys and the Budweiser Clydesdales. Starts in front of St. Tammany Parish Justice Center on Columbia St. and follows a route along Hwy 21/Boston St. to Jefferson, 15th, Tyler, and W. 23rd Ave., then turns and comes back through downtown again.
Mystic Krewe of Titans
Saturday, Feb. 3 at 6:30pm in Slidell
Theme: Where Y'at Nawlins
Comprised of 325 members, this co-ed krewe was established in 2010 by a group of Carnival veterans who wanted to bring the merriment of Mardi Gras to the streets of Slidell in a high-quality, family-oriented, nighttime parade. Starts in Fritchie Park.
Krewe of Dionysus
Sunday, Feb. 4 at 1pm in Slidell
Theme: Dionysus' World Premiere
The krewe's 250+ members celebrate Dionysus, also known as Bacchus, the god of wine. Parading through the streets of Slidell since 1985, it begins on Spartan Drive at Fritchie Park and travels to Pontchartrain Drive.
Krewe of Selene
Friday, Feb. 9 at 6:30pm in Slidell
Theme: Selene Through 20 Years
The all-women’s night parade celebrates their 20th anniversary. This year’s 18-float procession, built by Mardi Gras Decorators, depicts themes from the Krewe’s past parades like “This is How We Roll,”, “Selene Goes on Vacation,” “Somewhere Over the Rainbow," and more. Grand Marshals are the City of Slidell’s First Ladies, Mrs. Glenda Drennan, wife of Mayor Freddy Drennan, and Mrs. Dania Fandal, wife of Chief of Police Randy Fandal. A special float is dedicated to past royalty, Queens and Kings from the past 20 years. Hand-made, elaborately decorated purses are Selene’s signature throw, and parade-goers can also catch lighted star wands and a variety of specialty beads. Dedicated to community outreach year-round, the Krewe of Selene supports Ladies for Liberty by sending items to troops overseas, a food drive to support Second Harvest Food Bank, and Project Christmas, which helps local families in need.
Original Krewe of Orpheus
Friday, Feb. 9 at 7 pm in Mandeville
Theme: Orpheus Goes to the Movies
The all-male krewe parades through the streets of Mandeville on floats illuminated by LEDs and street effects, with 9 different throws including beads, lighted wands and other objects, and signature medallions. OKO’s official call and response of the hearty Krewe is: "HAIL ORPHEUS" "HAIL YES." Join the party before the party at OKO's Ball, on January 13 at Fleur de Lis Event Center.
Krewe of Bush
Saturday, Feb. 10 at 9am in Bush
Fun parade of trucks, boats, floats, horses and ATV's held on the Saturday before Mardi Gras. Free for your krewe to ride, roll or walk - bring your own throws and line up by 8:30am. Paraders line-up at Bush Rec Center on Hwy 41, parade travels from Bush Cowart, Watts Thomas Rd. and Hwy. 41 returning to the recreation center.
The City of Covington, Covington Lions Club and community volunteers present Carnival in Covington, with parades by the Krewe of Covington Lions Club and Mystic Krewe of Covington, followed by a celebration at Covington's trailhead of the Tammany Trace, located at 419 N. New Hampshire Street.
The parades begin at 10am and roll one immediately after the other, and the post-party at the Trailhead starts around noon and features entertainment, music, food and family fun.
The parades will featuring walking groups, musicians, floats, antique cars, small trucks and wagons and fun throws. The Grand Marshal and parade theme will be announced as the event nears.
Krewe of Covington Lions Club
Covington – 10am
Founded in 1959, this is the 59th annual parade for the Krewe of Covington Lions Club. The lineup includes walking groups, musicians, riders, antique car owners and more to be announced. Follows the same route as the Krewe of Olympia. The Lions Club supports the cost of exams and eyeglasses for low-income individuals.
Mystic Krewe of Covington
Covington – follows Lions
The Mystic Krewe of Covington was organized in 1951 as the Krewe of KaaCee after the initials of the Knights of Columbus (KC), the krewe's founding group. This organization is one of the oldest carnival krewes rolling in St. Tammany Parish. Rolls just after the Krewe of Covington Lions Club parade.
Krewe of Chahta
Lacombe – 1pm
Theme: Spirit of the Wind
Named for Chahta-Ima High School, which many of the founding members attended and which itself is named for St. Tammany’s founding father, Fr. Adrien Rouquette, is comprised of floats, cars, marching units and horse groups. Starts at the Morocco Room and follows US 190 north to 17th Street, Fish Hatchery Rd., and ends at Lacombe Nursing Home. Founded in 1989.
Krewe of Folsom
Folsom – 2pm
Theme: Television Series
This eclectic krewe invites the public to participate in its parade of decorative floats, vintage vehicles, four wheelers, cars, trucks, horses, horse drawn wagons, vintage tractors, and RV's. This year, the parade will feature King Jimmy Kohn and Queen Bernadette Garrette along with Grand Marshal Curtis Spencer. The parade is dedicated to Gus and Pam Michalopoulos. Starts and ends at Magnolia Park, 13296 LA-40 near Olive St., and follows to Cleveland, along Hwy. 25 to Jackson St. and back.