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Covington 2022 Mardi Gras Parades

The Carnival season on Louisiana's Northshore kicks off in Covington in the treasured historic St. John District with the St. John Fools of Misrule march.
Covington has the distinction of being home to some of the oldest Krewes in St. Tammany Parish, hosting both the earliest and latest parades in the season, a huge night parade with marching bands, and full of day of revelry on Fat Tuesday.

Discover more with these 10 Ways to Celebrate Mardi Gras!

St. John Fools of Misrule

January 8 at 6pm
Walking Parade

The Fools and Jewels of this krewe march through historic St. John District of old Covington (1813) on 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 Olympia

February 19 at 6pm
Floats, Trucks and Horse Parade

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. Features dozens of floats with lighted throws, the marching bands, and special appearances. 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.
 

MARDI GRAS DAY

Carnival in Covington trailhead party bandMarch 1, 2022
 
Floats, Trucks, Horses & Walking Parade + After-Party

Carnival in Covington & Tammany Gras

Parade, 10am | Trailhead Party 12pm

The City of Covington and community volunteers established "Carnival in Covington" in 2019 aiming to build on the Krewe of Covington Lions' and Mystic Krewe of Covington's parades on Mardi Gras Day, and make the friendly, west St. Tammany town the ideal place for families and friends to go for Fat Tuesday fun without an additional million or so party-goers, as with New Orleans.

Parades begin mid-morning, rolling one immediately after the other, and a free, all-ages party picks up at the Covington Trailhead at noon. Families enjoy live music, concessions, kids' activities and a costume contest with prizes donated by local businesses. The parades feature Grand Marshals and local celebrities, as well as marching groups, dance teams, musicians, antique cars, motorcycle clubs, horses and traditional floats with loads of fun throws.

Founded in 1959, the Krewe of Covington Lions Club supports the cost of exams and eyeglasses for low-income individuals. 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 krewes rolling in St. Tammany Parish.

Lawn chairs, strollers and ladders welcome! Parking is free throughout the town.


Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws

March 6 at 2pm
Walking Parade

Costumed pups and their humans walk a half mile route from the corner of Columbia and Kirkland Streets (near Covington Police Department) to the Covington Trailhead for a party with music, food trucks, and sponsor fun for kids and K9s. Proceeds from the Mardi Paws parade benefit the Ian Somerhalder Foundation's emergency medical grant program and Scott's Wish, which provides aid for patients with leukemia and life-threatening illnesses.

 

Celebrate Carnival in the place where free, family-fun memories are made on Louisiana Northshore.

Browse the shops and galleries on Lee Lane and Columbia Street, nosh on outstanding cuisine, and step back in time…

Explore the many amazing things to do and see in St. Tammany Parish.