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Krewes for Fun at Northshore Mardi Gras

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.

Northshore Mardi Gras celebrations are quirky, creative and high-energy. Marching bands and ornate floats take it to the streets. Fancifully decorated boats ride the waves and costumed pups walk their people.

Prepare for beads! Lots and lots of beads. Called ‘throws,’ the beads, as well as trinkets, coins and other miscellaneous playful items, come raining down at every parade, tossed by float-riding members of Mardi Gras organizations known as ‘krewes.’ “Throw me something, mister,” is the battle cry of Mardi Gras.

There are almost two dozen parades on the Northshore during Mardi Gras season. Some of the highlights:

Boat parades!

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.

Pup parades!

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.

Eclectic parades!

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.

Wait, there’s more. A number of other krewes roll with traditional, fanciful large-scale Mardi Gras floats and marching bands. Bring a bag for all the loot you’re going to catch when you line up for the Northshore krewes of Eve, Olympia, Selene, Perseus and Dionysus – or any of the other wonderful Carnival celebrations on the Northshore.

Check our event calendar for the Northshore Mardi Gras Parade Schedule.

Mardi Gras on the Northshore
Pups on parade at the Mystic Krewe
Mardi Gras - Queen Bees Social Club
Mardi Gras - Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws
Mardi Gras - Night time parades
Mardi Gras Krewe of Eve in Mandeville Night
Mardi Gras Crowds - Tchefuncte River in Madisonville
Mardi Gras - The Krewe of Olympia in Covington
Mardi Gras - The Krewe of Push Mow
Mardi Gras - 'Jurassic Bark' at the Krewe of Mardi
The wild and wacky Krewe of Push Mow Mardi Gras parade in Abita Springs
Mardi Gras - Pups on parade
Mardi Gras - Randazzo's Camellia City Bakery
Mardi Gras - Krewe of Eve - Gold Lion
Mardi Gras - Dogs family walking parade of pooches
Mardi Gras - The Krewe of Tchefuncte boat parade