More Mardi Gras, Less Stress

Save Time and Have Fun at Family-Friendly Parades in the River Parishes

For additional information, contact:
Jo Banner, MA - Communications Manager
River Parishes Tourist Commission

Laplace La (January 24th, 2017-- The parades, the beads, the King Cakes - if you're only thinking about New Orleans for Mardi Gras - think a little farther. The parishes of St. Charles, St. James, and St. John the Baptist, known as New Orleans Plantation Country, have all the revelry with a lot less of the hassle. Family-friendly parades begin the Saturday before Mardi Gras, Feb. 25th and continue until Mardi Gras Day, Feb. 28th,

The phrase "Rolling down the river" takes on new meaning during the Mardi Gras Season as 5 local parades are set to roll in the River Parishes. Residents and visitors alike, chant for beads, dance to marching bands, and celebrate the "Royalty" as brightly colored floats head their way.

You can catch the Mardi Gras spirit at any one of the following parades:

  • Krewe of Lul - The Krewe of Lul marks its 40th anniversary this season with over 30 floats parading through the city of Luling. Parade rolls on Saturday, Feb. 25th at 12:00 pm.
  • Kewe of Towahpasah - Parade features a variety of vehicles and floats designed by individual entrants. Royalty is announced the day of parade. Parade rolls on Saturday, Feb. 25th at 1:00 pm.
  • Krewe du Monde - Krewe du Monde, the largest parade in the River Parishes, will feature approximately 30 floats and numerous school groups. Parade is set to roll Sunday, Feb. 26th at 11:00 am. through Laplace.
  • Krewe of Des Allemands - The Krewe of Des Allemands features 300 riders from region. Many revelers set up tail gate parties in anticipation of parade. Parade is scheduled to roll in Des Allemands at 1:00 pm.
  • Krewe of M.A.C. - Krewe of Making a Change was formed in November 2016 to promote fellowship, contribute to civic good, encourage charity, and to keep alive the great spirit of Mardi Gras in the St. James and the River Parishes. Scheduled to roll Tuesday, Feb. 28th at 2:00 pm.

While here, visit our plantation homes, swamp tours, and restaurants. Stay overnight at our hotels, B&Bs, or RV parks.

About River Parishes Tourist Commission

Nestled between New Orleans and Baton Rouge along the Mississippi River, the River Parishes of St. Charles, and St. John the Baptist and St. James Parishes unfold along River Road beckoning visitors to fall in love with the charm, beauty and mystique of Southeast Louisiana.  The area’s rich and vibrant history offers a mixture of culture, cuisine and attractions not easily matched by any one location throughout Louisiana.  For more information about the River Parishes Tourist Commission call 985-359-2562 or visit