From the Ambrosia Parade in Thibodaux at the beginning of Carnival season, all the way to the Neptune Parade in Golden Meadow on Fat Tuesday. You will experience Mardi Gras in a way that only the Bayou can provide. Enjoy 17 family-friendly parades with a Cajun flare. You’ll always be able to find a great spot to view the beautiful floats and of course, catch more beads, cups and trinkets than you can carry. Cajuns love to celebrate life, and there is no better time to do that than during Mardi Gras. The smell of barbecues and crawfish boils fill the air as locals and visitors alike gather along the parade routes. And a Cajun never meets a stranger, so don’t be surprised when you are invited to share a plate, a dance or just to pass a good time.