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February 6-8, 2015

Celebrate Carnival: Parades, Concerts, Food, Art & Kids Activities!

Mardi Gras 2015

 Mardi Gras in Jefferson

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Mardi Gras is called "the biggest party on Earth" and Jefferson Parish is inviting you to that party! Spanning over two sides of the Mississippi River, the East Bank and the West Bank, Jefferson Parish offers Mardi Gras fun wherever you may be located.  Come and experience the sites, the sounds, the food, the music, the parades and of course, the BEADS in this family friendly celebration of Mardi Gras.  Starting on Friday, February 6, 2015 and going through until Fat Tuesday, February 17, 2015 you can experience parades, each with their own theme and "krewe".  And, you don't want to miss Family Gras February 6-8; the music, food, art, and costuming family festival that has both locals and visitors buzzing. So come on down and become an official local when you celebrate Mardi Gras with thousands of your closest friends in Jefferson Parish.

The History

Mardi Gras was brought to Louisiana by early French settlers. The first record of the holiday being marked in Louisiana is 1699. The starting date of festivities in New Orleans is unknown, but an account from 1743 notes that the custom of Carnival balls was already established by that date. Processions and masking in the streets on Mardi Gras Day took place, were sometimes prohibited by law, and were quickly renewed whenever such restrictions were lifted or enforcement waned , in 1833 Bernard Xavier de Marigny de Mandeville a rich plantation owner raised money to fund an official Mardi Gras celebration.

On Mardi Gras of 1857 the Mystic Krewe of Comus held its first parade. Comus is the oldest continuously active Mardi Gras organization and started a number of continuing traditions (for example, the use of floats in parades) and is considered the first Carnival krewe in the modern sense.

War, economic, political, and weather conditions sometimes led to cancellation of some or all major parades, especially during the American Civil War and World War II, but celebration of Carnival has always been observed in the city.

Today, many krewes operate under a business structure; membership is basically open to anyone who pays dues to have a place on a parade float. In contrast, the old-line krewes use the structure of the parades and balls to extend the traditions of the debutante season in their social circles.

The Colors of Mardi Gras

The traditional colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green, and gold. These are said to have been chosen in 1892, when the Rex Parade theme "Symbolism of Colors" gave the colors their meanings.

Purple - Justice      Green - Faith      Gold - Power

Parade Image Float

Parade Adonis

Family Gras Bob the Builder Float

Carnival Floats

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2014 Winners!

Listing of 2014 Winners






Calling all middle school and high school bands!
Come participate in a new and exciting contest for Metairie Carnival!  A tradition in the making our Rhythm on the Route - Metairie's Battle of the Bands will be back for 2015.  Rhythm on the Route will award prize money and bragging rights to the top three bands of each Metairie parade.

First Place: $3,000
Second Place: $2,000
Third Place: $1,000

Take advantage of the great opportunity to have your marching band perform in Jefferson Parish parades during our fun and festive carnival season.  Contact our Sales Division for further details on participating.


The Jefferson Parish Parade Routes

Eastbank (Metairie) Route #1

Little Rascals Parade Route:Little Rascals Map

Eastbank (Metairie) Route #2

  Caesar, Centurions,
 Excalibur, Atlas, Napoleon

Eastbank (Metairie)

Krewe of Argus, Elks Trucks & Jefferson Trucks (Trucks immediately follow Argus)Parade Route MG Day EB

Westbank Route:

Krewe of Adonis
Parade Route Adonis