Guide to Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Events and Camps

Guide to Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Events and Camps

There is never a shortage of things to do in Baton Rouge with kids, and Mardi Gras is no exception. Are you looking to have a fun and exciting time with your family this Mardi Gras season? Look no further than the unique Mardi Gras events, festivities, and camps in Baton Rouge.

With its vibrant culture, world-renowned cuisine, and family-friendly atmosphere, Baton Rouge is an ideal destination for those wanting the New Orleans feel of carnival season without the massive crowds. Mardi Gras in Baton Rouge is family friendly and a lot of fun!

We’ve put together a comprehensive guide to Baton Rouge Mardi Gras events and camps perfect for making lasting memories in our great city!

Mardi Gras Events in Baton Rouge

Do you know of a fun Baton Rouge Mardi Gras event or camp that should be included in this guide? Please email us at [email protected]

We hope everyone has a safe and happy Mardi Gras season with their kids in Baton Rouge. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Parades

Baton Rouge Mardi Gras

What would Mardi Gras be without parades? Below is a list of the Baton Rouge Mardi Gras parades for 2023. Parents, be aware that Spanish Town in particular is not kid-friendly … the rest absolutely are!

Krewe of Oshun

The third annual Krewe of Oshun parade and festival is one you don’t want to miss.

Presented by North Baton Rouge Now, Inc. this krewe aims to celebrate all our community has to offer in a family-friendly atmosphere.

Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023
Time: 12 p.m. followed by the festival from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: Harding Boulevard

Find more information here.

CAAWS Mystic Krewe of Mutts

Come out and celebrate with your four-legged friends at the 43rd annual Krewe of Mutts parade and festival. This year’s theme is “Jurrasic Bark: An Adventure 43 Years in the Making.” The day will include food, shopping, and family-friendly activities.

Date: Sunday, February 5, 2023
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Downtown Baton Rouge

Find more information here.

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Krewe of Artemis

Known for being Baton Rouge’s first and only all-woman krewe, the Krewe of Artemis parade is fun for people of all ages. This family-friendly parade includes a mix of New Orleans-style floats along with marching bands.

Date: Friday, February 10, 2023
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Downtown Baton Rouge

Find more information here.

Krewe Mystique de la Capitale

Founded in 1977, Krewe Mystique de la Capitale is the oldest parading krewe in Baton Rouge. They kick off each carnival season with a huge king cake party followed by a family fun parade that you won’t want to miss.

Date: Saturday, February 11, 2023
Time: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: River Road and Government Street

Find more information here.

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Krewe of Orion

The theme for the 24th annual Krewe of Orion parade is “In our wildest dreams.” Complete with marching bands, dance groups, floats, and throws, this parade is fun for the entire family.

Date: Saturday, February 11, 2023
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Downtown Baton Rouge

Find more information here.

Mid City Mardi Gras

Mid City Mardi Gras is proud of its inclusive Mardi Gras celebration. Its goal is to benefit local charities and enrich the neighborhoods of Baton Rouge by bringing the community together, especially during carnival season.

Date: Sunday, February 12, 2023
Time: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: North Boulevard (from South 19th Street to Foster Drive)

Find more information here.

 Krewe of Southdowns

Come rain or shine the 36th annual Krewe of Southdowns is ready to roll. Lead by the flickering torches of the Southdowns Flambeaux, this family and pet-friendly parade is one you don’t want to miss.

Date: Friday, February 17, 2023
Time: 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Location: Southdowns Neighborhood

Find more information here.

Spanish Town

The Spanish Town Parade is best known for its colorful quirkiness and famous pink flamingos. Parents should be aware that some content may not be appropriate for children.

Date: Saturday, February 18, 2023
Time: noon to 4 p.m.
Location: Spanish Town Neighborhood

Find more information here.

Livingston Parish Mardi Gras Parades

Kroux of Barkus

Photo Credit: Amy Milam Photo

Date: February 11, 2023
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Sidney Hutchinson Park

Krewe of Denham Springs

Date: February 11, 2023
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: DSHS to Veteran’s Blvd.

Krewe of Tickfaw

Date: February 11, 2023
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Starts past Ddndinger Road in the curve

Mardi Gras Events in Baton Rouge

There are many Mardi Gras events in Baton Rouge to celebrate the season. Whether you are seeking things to do in Baton Rouge with kids or looking for a night out as adults, Mardi Gras is a fun time to live in Louisiana!

East Baton Rouge Parish Libraries

From storytime to crafts and much more, the EBR parish libraries offer many Mardi Gras-themed events for kids of all ages all season long. You can find specific events offered at each location and sign up here.

Mardi Gras Gnome Painting Party

Come out to celebrate and paint an adorable Mardi Gras gnome on a slate of wood. The perfect holiday decoration. Space is limited.

Date: Sunday, January 15, 2022
Time: 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Location: Create Studios
Cost: Free with code Birthday100

You can find more info and register here.

Krewe of Southdowns Mardi Gras Ball

The 36th annual Krew of Southdowns Ball will feature music by The Remnants. Ticket prices include an open buffet dinner and a cash bar. You can find more information and purchase tickets here.

Date: January 28, 2023
Time: 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Location: Embassy Suites
Cost: $60

Mardi Gras Adult Paint Party

Come out for this adult-only Mardi Gras-themed paint party featuring Zydeco music and refreshments. You’ll be painting a festive canvas to take home with you.

Date: Friday, January 27, 2023
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Location: Art Academy, LLC in Prairieville
Cost: $30
MUST BE 18+ to attend

Mardi Gras Mask Painting

Come out and experience a piece of Mardi Gras with BREC. Kids will have the opportunity to paint their very own masquerade mask with a secret prize for the best one. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

Date: Saturday, February 18, 2023
Time: 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Independence Community Park
Ages: 3+
Cost: $5

Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Music Festival

What better way to celebrate the carnival season than with live music, good food, family, and friends? The 10th annual Mardi Gras Music Festival features continuous live music, a food court, and a Vendor’s Village.

Date: Saturday, February 18, 2023
Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Location: Galvez Plaza in North Baton Rouge
Cost: Free (VIP packages available)

Find more information here.

Mardi Gras Mambo 10K or 15K

Race through downtown Baton Rouge with a tour of the historic Garden District in this year’s Mardi Gras Mambo 10K or 15 K.

Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Cost: $40

For more information and to register click here.

Mardi Gras Children’s Day

This is a family-friendly festival devoted to kids. The event includes arts and crafts, interactive activities, music fun and learning.

Date: February 19, 2023
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Lake Charles Civic Center
900 Lakeshore Drive
Lake Charles, LA 70601

Mardi Gras Camps in Baton Rouge

 

BREC Events

BREC Parks will host a variety of camps this Mardi Gras season including pickleball and tennis. For more information on specific dates, times, park locations, and more visit the BREC website.

Gym Fit Baton Rouge

Campers will love this one-of-a-kind gym camp that offers a variety of fun daily activities. From acrobatics and gymnastics to Ninja Warrior and arts and crafts there is sure to be something for everyone.

Ages: 5-12; Campers will be grouped by age and gender
Cost: $59
Dates: February 20-21, 2023
Time: 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Find more information and register here.

 

YMCA Mardi Gras Holiday Camp

Ages: Pre-K through 8th grade
Pre-Registration Cost: $25 a day for members and $35 for program participants
Day of Registration Cost: $40 members, $50 program participants
Dates: February 20-22, 2023
Time: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Find more information and register here.

Fleur De ME Designs

This Mardi Gras Art camp will allow campers to create several mixed media projects. The projects will vary each day. The camp fee includes snacks, drinks, all art supplies, and instruction. Campers must bring their lunch.

Ages: K-7th Graders
Cost: $50/day with a discount if you attend all 3 days)
Dates: February 20-22, 2023
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Find more information and register here.

Edge Gymnastics Training Center

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Register and find more information here.

Mardi Gras Travel Ideas

Even with all that Carnival season has to offer in our great city, sometime you just need a break from it all. If you are looking to get away from Baton Rouge this Mardi Gras season, here are some of our favorite travel destinations…

Great Wolf Lodge

Dauphin Island

The Great Smokey Mountains

Disney World

Destin, Florida

Houston

6 Family Vacation Ideas within a 7-hour drive

 

With this comprehensive guide to all things Mardi Gras in Baton Rouge it’s sure to be the best carnival season yet. Have fun, be safe and laissez les bon temps rouler!

If there is a Mardi Gras event in Baton Rouge, including Gonzales, Prairieville, Zachary, and Denham Springs, that should be included in this guide please let us know. 

To add to the Guide to Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Events and Camps list::

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Born on the bayou in Thibodaux, Louisiana, Nicole loves all things southern. She moved to Baton Rouge in 2004 to attend LSU and has lived there ever since. Her greatest joy in life is being a wife and mom. She is married to her best friend, Jason, and together they have two kids, Grayson (2) and Audrey Claire (1). She also has an amazing stepson Alex (14). Nicole graduated in Public Relations and then earned her Masters in Teaching. She has been an elementary school teacher for the past eight years. Her hobbies include reading, cooking, spending time with family, watching Bravo and working on her blog www.organizedchaosblog.com. Instagram @organized_chaosblog

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