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Beads by the Dozen

Beads by the Dozen offers thousands of Mardi Gras throws! Whether you are riding atop a float or attending a parade, we have what you want and need to make this Mardi Gras unforgettable!
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Family Gras

February 6-8, 2015

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Family Gras is the perfect getaway for family. Family Gras traditionally takes place on the neutral ground (median) of Veterans Memorial Boulevard across from Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie, Louisiana. An ideal location to see the pageantry of Mardi Gras and enjoy the outdoor concerts with Live Music on the Festival Plaza Main Stage by National Artists and Louisiana's own.

FREE concerts, FREE Mardi Gras parades! Fabulous Flambeau Food Court & Beverage Zones, Kid-friendly activities, an Art Market and more. If you prefer an "up close & personal" experience with backstage access and premium stage viewing, access to VIP food & beverage, the VIP Royal Pass is available annually for purchase online at

For your fun and safety, please observe the following list:

Single, collapsible chairs
Blankets & ground tarps
Wheelchairs, medical scooters
Strollers for children
Wagons or pull-carts

Ice Chests/Coolers
Outside food or drinks of any kind
Personalized tents, shade canopies
No other shelters/shacks/sport-brellas
*No Bicycles
No Skateboards
No glass
No pets
No video and audio recording equipment
Unauthorized vending or solicitation
Weapons, illicit drugs, and other contraband

*Bikes:bike racks will be available on site

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Friday, February 6th the celebration kicks off with the Krewe of Excalibur Parade arriving at Festival Site approximately 8:00 p.m.


Krewe of Athena

Friday, February 6th  the fun continues with the Krewe of Athena Parade arriving at Festival Plaza approximately 8:45 p.m.

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Saturday, February 7th is the traditional pageantry of the Krewe of Caesar Parade arriving at Festival Site approximately 7:00 p.m


Family Gras Past Entertainers

Family Gras Frankie 

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

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Wilson Phillips

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Montgomery Gentry

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  Cowboy Mouth


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 Family Gras Bob the Builder Float

  "Throw Me Something Mister"!

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