Join the fun in celebrating Mardi Gras on the Northshore with Carnival in Covington! Usually happening on Mardi Gras Day, the 2021 parade will roll through the streets of historic downtown Covington on Sunday, February 14, beginning at 10 a.m. and followed by a party at the Covington Trailhead from noon 'til 4 p.m.
The Grand Marshal, Celebrity Grand Marshal and live entertainment are to be annonced. The parade in previous years has featured traditional Mardi Gras floats with plentiful throws, marching groups and dance teams, horses from Angel's Grove Ranch & Horse Rescue, Ride of the Brotherhood on motorcycles, the Shriners in buggies, Parish Fair queens and more. Details of this year's parade will be announced.
The parade ends around noon, but the fun picks up at the Covington Trailhead for a free party with live music, concessions, activities for the kids, and a costume contest.
Prizes will be awarded to costumers in at least three categories:
- Best Individual Costume
- Best Group Costume (must include at least two people)
- Best Family Costume (must include at least one child)
Costumes and decorations, including music, must be appropriate for all ages. Obscene or deeply provocative themes are not allowed. Costumes must be theme of the float/truck or purple, green or gold attire.
The parade starts in front of St. Tammany Parish Justice Center on Columbia Street and follows a route along Hwy 21/Boston Street to Jefferson Ave., to 15th St. (14th St. if under construction), Tyler St., W. 23rd, and then back through downtown again. (See parade map included with this event.)
Follow updates about the event at https://www.facebook.com/CovingtonMardiGras. Details about the parade, including rules for participants, at www.CarnivalInCovington.com. In you would like to participate, email email@example.com or call Theo Mullen at (865) 776-8612.
The Covington Lions Club has brought the celebration of Mardi Gras to downtown Covington since 1959, the Mystic Krewe of Covington (once called the “Krewe of KaaCee for Knights of Columbus) since 1951. "Carnival in Covington" was The Covington Lions Club and the City of Covington joined together to make Mardi Gras celebration the party even bigger for a full day of family fun. The event is supported by the Louisiana Seafood Marketing and Promotions Board, Cleco, greater Covington area businesses and local civic groups.
Photos by the Carnival in Covington Committee