While Mardi Gras is synonymous with New Orleans, with its spectacular parades, parties, and traditions of the season, that doesn’t mean the rest of Louisiana can’t get in on the merriment, too. In fact, in its “Mardi Gras Around Louisiana” log of typical statewide parades and events, the Louisiana Destinations travel guide lists dozens of other Mardi Gras parades around the state.
Mardi Gras enthusiasm has grown exponentially throughout Louisiana. Many cities and parishes report attracting tens of thousands of visitors lining the streets to enjoy the fun of the parades and related events.
2022 Louisiana Mardi Gras Parade Information
Specifics for the following Mardi Gras parades are below:
- New Orleans
- Baton Rouge
- Shreveport and Bossier
- Metairie/Kenner/Jefferson Parish
- Lafayette and Cajun Louisiana
- Lake Charles
While celebrations and parades for many, if not all, of these towns and cities already began in January, all the reverie leads to the actual day of Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, on March 1.
Changes for New Orleans’s Mardi Gras Celebration
As for the New Orleans event, the following changes will be made in the parade route for safety reasons, as per city officials:
- Parades that start in Uptown and Riverside will begin at Napoleon and Prytania.
- Parades that typically begin at Napoleon and South Saratoga will instead start at Carondelet and Napoleon.
- Endymion will remain mostly the same, but it will not go past Gallier Hall.
- Zulu will roll down the same route it did in 2020, when the krewe’s route was modified due to the Hard Rock Hotel collapse.
- Rex will instead start at Carondelet and Napoleon.
- Streets that typically see parade traffic, like Tchoupitoulas and Magazine, will not be included in routes during Carnival 2022.
New Orleans Police Chief Shaun Ferguson has said these changes are temporary arrangements that officials may look at each year.
As is traditional, the Mardi Gras season of celebration always begins on the traditional date of January 6. The Epiphany kicks off what is known as the Carnival season, a time of merriment and indulgence before Fat Tuesday ushers in the Lent season of fasting and sacrifice before Easter.
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