Annual Events, Mardi Grass - Krewe of Tchefuncte
Mardi Gras on Louisiana's Northshore

Louisiana Mardi Gras in St. Tammany Parish

Slidell Parade Schedules & 
St. Tammany Parades for 2019 Below

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 2019 is Tuesday, March 5. See below for a list of Mardi Gras events from January 5th through March 5th. All dates and times subject to change.
 

SATURDAY, JAN 5
St. John Fools of Misrule
Covington – 6pm.

 

SATURDAY FEB 16  
Krewe of Bilge
Slidell – 11pm.

Krewe of Poseidon
Slidell – 1pm.

 

SUNDAY FEB 17
Krewe of Slidellians
Slidell – 1pm.

Mystic Krewe of Perseus
Slidell – follows Slidellians.

Krewe of Pearl River Lions Club
Pearl River – 1pm.

FRIDAY, FEB 22
Krewe of Eve
Mandeville – 7pm.

 

SATURDAY, FEB 23
Krewe de Paws of Olde Towne
Slidell – 10am.

Krewe of Push Mow
Abita Springs – 11am.

Krewe of Tchefuncte
Madisonville – 1pm.

Krewe of Olympia
Covington – 6pm.

Mystic Krewe of Titans
Slidell – 5:30pm.

 

SUNDAY, FEB 24
Krewe of Dionysus
Slidell – 1pm.

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 1
Krewe of Selene
Slidell – 6:30pm.

Original Krewe of Orpheus
Mandeville – 7pm.

SATURDAY, MARCH 2
Krewe of Bush
Bush – 9am

MARDI GRAS DAY: TUESDAY, MARCH 5

Carnival in Covington 10am – 2pm
Covington Lions Club Parade – 10am
Mystic Krewe of Covington – follows Lions
Free Party at Covington Trailhead

Krewe of Chahta
Lacombe – 1pm.

Krewe of Folsom
Folsom – 2pm.


SUNDAY, MARCH 10 - Lagniappe!
Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws
Mandeville – 2 pm.

 

Mardi Gras 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.

Krewe of Bilge
Sunday, Feb. 16 at 11am
This Krewe takes to the waterways of Eden Isles in Slidell, Louisiana tossing beads, cups and other favors to the shoreline. Starts at Marina Café on Harbor Drive; see website for route.

Krewe of Tchefuncte
Saturday, Feb. 23 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.

 

Mardi Gras 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.

Krewe de Paws of Olde Towne
Saturday, Feb. 23 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. You and your pup can dress to match the parade theme (to be announced), decorate a wagon, stroller or cart and stock up on the throws! (No chocolate or food, though!)

Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws
Sunday, March 10 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. 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!

Eclectic Parades for Mardi Gras

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. 5 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. 23 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.

More Mardi Gras Events

Slidell parades officially start on Pontchartrain Drive at Spartan Drive. Mardi Gras crews WILL NOT begin throwing beads, etc., until Pontchartrain Drive, so please do not set up or park along Spartan Drive. On parade days, visit the Slidell Police Department's Facebook page for live updates and video feed.

Krewe of Poseidon
Saturday, Feb. 16 at 6pm in Slidell
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, Feb. 17 at 1pm in Slidell
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. 17 in Slidell (follows Slidellians)
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, Feb. 17 in Pearl River
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. 22 at 7pm in Mandeville
The popular all-women krewe founded in 1985Mardi Gras - Krewe of Eve, 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. 23 at 6pm in Covington
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. Last year's parade featured 19 floats with 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. 23 at 6:30pm in Slidell
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. 24 at 1pm in Slidell
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, March 1 at 6:30pm in Slidell
An all-women’s night parade. 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, March 1 at 7 pm in Mandeville
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."

Krewe of Bush
Saturday, March 2 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.


MARDI GRAS DAY - Tuesday, March 5

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
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
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. Starts and ends at Magnolia Park, 13296 LA-40 near Olive St., and follows to Cleveland, along Hwy. 25 to Jackson St. and back.

 

Mardi Gras on the Northshore
Krewe of Push Mow - Mardi Gras
Pups on parade at the Mystic Krewe
Mardi Gras revelers, Abita Springs
Mardi Gras - Queen Bees Social Club
Mardi Gras - Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws
Mardi Gras Crowds - Tchefuncte River in Madisonville
Krewe of Push Mow Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras - The Krewe of Olympia in Covington
Mardi Gras - The Krewe of Push Mow
Mardi Gras Float Photo
Mardi Gras - Krewe of Olympia parade
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
Mardi Gras - Krewe of Eve in Mandeville
Mardi Gras - Krewe of Push Mow in Abita Springs
Krewe of Push Mow - Mardi Gras