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.See below for a list of Mardi Gras events from January 7th to March 5th.
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, Feb. 11 at 12pm
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: Festivals and Holidays. Starts at Marina Café on Harbor Drive; see website for route.
Krewe of Tchefuncte
Saturday, Feb. 18 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: Broadway comes to Madisonville.
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. 18 at 10am
Slidell’s Krewe for Canines donates any proceeds to its Olde Towne parade to various local animal-loving non-profit organizations. This year’s Grand Marshal is WWL-TV’s Ashley Rodrigue and her dog Tater Tot. Theme: Life is a Furry Tail.
Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws
Saturday, March 5 at 2 pm
Held one week AFTER Mardi Gras, dogs sashay in costume along the Mandeville lakefront in this fun parade that raises funds for area animal agencies. This year's theme is Under the Big Top: Benefit for Ian Somerhalder Foundation.
The Krewe of Push Mow in Abita Springs features homemade floats, many based on lawn equipment, decorated to humorous themes (“What’s that Smell?” was a past favorite). The floats take a funky and rousing cruise through the heart of Abita. Also extra fun: Covington’s St. John Fools of Misrule procession and Slidell’s Krewe of Mona Lisa & Moonpie.
St. John Fools of Misrule
Saturday, Jan. 7 at 6pm
Announcing the arrival of Carnival season on the Northshore, the Fools and Jewels of this krewe march on a bawdy procession through Covington’s historic St. John District, on the Saturday closest to Twelfth Night (Jan. 6). Led by a “Lord of Misrule,” flambeaux and a brass band starting at Columbia Street Tap Room & Grill, revelers follow a route along Lockwood St. west to New Hampshire St., south to Walker Alley and north along Columbia St. to end back at the Tap Room. Their slogan: Vivere Vita Omnino! – Live Life Completely!
Krewe of Mona Lisa & MoonPie
Saturday, Feb. 11 at 7pm
This marching krewe with the signature Moonpie throw features costumed marchers, dancing clubs, brass bands, and an eclectic mix of grocery carts, bicycles, and rickshaws. Mona marches from Robert St. through Olde Towne along Cleveland, Second, Erlanger and First, and ends at the 200 block of Carey Street with a free street party. All are invited. Theme: Mona Plays Games.
Krewe of Push Mow
Saturday, Feb. 18 at 11am
Dozens of humorously themed homemade floats, many based on lawn equipment, take part in this rousing cruise through the heart of Abita Springs. Starts at Abita Town Hall, following Level St. to Magnolia, Main St., Leveson and back to Town Hall for a party immediately afterward. Roads leading into Abita Springs close at 10am. This year's theme is Dollar Store Dumpster Discoveries.
Krewe of Poseidon
Saturday, Feb. 11 at 1pm in Slidell
Theme: Myths and Legends
Co-ed krewe founded in 2015 with 445 riders and 24 floats. 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, Feb. 12 at 1pm in Slidell
Theme: Memories of Days Gone By – Classic TV
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, Feb. 12 at 1:30pm in Slidell
Theme: They All Aks’d for You
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
Pearl River – 1pm
Theme: Geaux Louisiana
Founded in 1953, the popular day parade begins at Pearl River High School and continues south on Highway 41, turning left at the light onto Hwy. 3081 and ending at the Pearl River Town Hall on Willis Alley. Supports the LA Lions Eye Foundation and Crippled Children’s Camp and hosts an annual senior citizens’ dinner for the town.
Krewe of Eve
Friday, Feb. 17 at 7pm in Mandeville
Theme: Eve on Broadway
The popular all-women krewe founded in 1985 rolls beautifully decorated Blaine Kern floats and over 350 members in elaborately decorated sweatshirts. The parade features an annual competition of local and out-of-state marching bands, fireworks, bubbles, 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 Approach.
Krewe of Olympia
Saturday, Feb. 18 at 6pm in Covington
Theme: Three Hundred Thirsty Thespians
Founded in 1965, this 300-member Krewe is the oldest in St. Tammany. Keeping the identity of King Zeus a secret until the parade, members ride on floats, trucks and horses interspersed with marching bands from across the Northshore. 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, W. 23rd and back through downtown again.
Mystic Krewe of Titans
Saturday, Feb. 18 at 6:30pm in Slidell
Theme: Rolling Through the 70’s
Comprised of 325 members, Titans 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. The only co-ed krewe that parades at night. Starts in Fritchie Park.
Krewe of Dionysus
Sunday, Feb. 19 at 1pm in Slidell
Theme: Fraternity Days
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. 24 at 6:30pm in Slidell
Theme: Do You Believe in Magic?
Founded in 1998, this 400-member krewe is named for the ancient Greek godess of the moon, Selene, lover of Endymion, the god of eternal youth and fertility. Lighted wands are a signature throw. Traditional Slidell route.
Original Krewe of Orpheus
Friday, Feb. 24 at 7pm in Mandeville
Theme: Let’s Make Mandeville Great Again
The all-male krewe parades through the streets of Mandeville on floats illuminated by LEDs and street effects, with 6-7 different throws including beads, lighted items and signature medallions. OKO’s official call and response of the hearty Krewe is: "HAIL ORPHEUS" "HAIL YES."
Krewe of Bush
Saturday, Feb. 25 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. Begins at Hwy 41 & Watts Thomas Rd.
Krewe of Covington Lions Club
Covington – 10am
The 58th annual Krewe of Covington Lions Club parade, traditionally a small truck and wagon parade ideal for families, gets a big boost in 2017, recalling larger parades of past decades. The lineup includes walking groups, musicians, riders, antique car owners and more, and will be led by Honorary Grand Marshal Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser. Follows the same route as the Krewe of Olympia.
Mystic Krewe of Covington
Covington – follows Lions Club
Theme: Childhood Memories
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.
**Immediately after the parades (about 12pm), the public is invited to the Covington Trailhead for a two-hour post-parade celebration featuring entertainment, food and family fun. The Lions Club supports the cost of exams and eyeglasses for low-income individuals.
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: Through the Decades - 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's
This eclectic krewe parades decorating floats, vintage autos, trucks and tractors, ATVs, RVs, horses and horse-drawn wagons. Starts and ends at Magnolia Park at 13296 LA-40 near Olive St. and follows to Cleveland, along Hwy. 25 to Jackson St. and back.