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Don't Miss Mardi Gras in Cajun Bayou

You don’t want to miss your last chance (this year) to experience Mardi Gras season up and down the Bayou! This weekend leading up to Fat Tuesday is full of parades and fun. Cajuns celebrate Mardi Gras with many traditions that highlight our vibrant culture while creating an atmosphere that’s all about celebrating life and having a good time. Here are our top 5 reasons why you don’t want to miss Mardi Gras on the Bayou.

King Cake Galore

What’s a Mardi Gras celebration without King Cake? There really is none. But, forget what you’ve heard about traditional King Cakes because we do it a little differently on the Bayou. Whether it’s King Cake Beignets at Spahr’s Seafood Restaurant or Cajun Pecan House’s famous treats, you can enjoy King Cake many different ways while celebrating. You can find our local bakeries here.

Feasting and Fun

Don’t stress about packing a sandwich or a bag of chips! We’ve got you covered when it comes to delicious food. Here, you’ll witness a true Bayou-style parade that include streets lined up with barbecue pits and boiling pots of seafood, all made for the sole purpose of feeding parade goers. The atmosphere is full of the delicious smells and the sound of the best dancing music. Our restaurants along the Cajun Bayou Food Trail also have you covered too. With so many spots along the parade routes you can grab a po-boy or some boiled seafood to-go.

True Family-Friendly Fun

When we celebrate Mardi Gras, it’s a party fit for everyone! Whether it’s a family-friendly environment to enjoy the beautiful floats and throws, or the vibrant life of the Downtown areas, there’s always a place for every parade goer. We make room for everyone to have access to the beautifully decorated Mardi Gras floats. And forget the idea of the massive, overwhelming crowds of larger cities. Being only a few people away from the parade route, you’ll be sure to fill up your bag with plenty of your favorite Mardi Gras throws!

The People

These parades are where the locals go. Forget not knowing anybody, because here everyone knows EVERYBODY! You’ll find moms, dads, kids, grandparents, the whole family, all attending the parades together. Everyone is there to greet you with a big smile and a grand-ole time. Even if you had to travel here, we’ll get to know you and welcome you in. We’re all friends and family, so don’t be surprised if a complete stranger offers you a burger, a beer, or a place to watch the parade.

Our Unique Routes (aka where you watch the Parades)

Whether you find yourself up or down the Bayou, there’s something special about our parades. If you think you’ve missed anyone along the route, don’t panic! Our routes are within blocks of one another, so mark your spot and catch the driver’s side, then cross on over a few blocks to catch the passenger side fun. It’s double the fun and experience.

Come on down for Mardi Gras in Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou! Carnival Season 2019 has just begun and rolls through Mardi Gras day on March 5th. Check here for the full schedule.

4 Cajun Traditions to Experience in 2019

If you’ve been thinking about visiting, 2019 is your year. We’ve rounded up four of the best ways to experience the Cajun Bayou to help you plan your adventure.

Eat on the Cajun Bayou Food Trail

If you want to eat like a true Cajun, hop on the Cajun Bayou Food Trail. With 16 restaurants up and down the Bayou, there’s no shortage of options.  Once you get on the Trail, you will find places where you can roll up your sleeves and dive into some freshly boiled seafood right from the Gulf, as well as places to enjoy some of the area’s best upscale dining experiences. No matter where you go, each restaurant has its own unique atmosphere that will make you feel right at home. The Trail also comes with some serious bragging rights, too! Visit seven stops and turn in your Trail passport for a free t-shirt. Download yours here.

Fish in our Waters

Here in our wetlands and waterways, you’ll find a variety of fish that will give you the thrill of a lifetime when you reel them in. Whether you are seasoned fisherman or a novice, there’s not a chance you’ll go home empty handed. Our Cajun charter fishing guides and storytellers are the best and will put you right in the action whether you’re looking to catch fresh or salt water fish, both are so close to each other they can be done in the same day.  

Learn a Cajun Craft

Traditions run deep just like our Cajun. Many of our lives are still defined by the crafts passed down from our families before us. You can get hands-on with our boat builders at the Center for Traditional Boat Building and see how they still make boats designed just like the ones our ancestors used. We can also teach you how to make shrimping nets sown by hand at Chine’s Net Shop. You can even make and take home a small one of your own. 

Enjoy a Festival

One of the best ways to dive into the Cajun culture is to enjoy a local festival. Here you’ll find great music, food, and a true understanding of what makes the folks here so unapologetically Cajun. No matter if you come early in the day or when the sun goes down, the experience you get will be the same. The music will be pumping and there will be plenty of jambalaya, po-boys, and other Cajun food to feed your soul. With free admission to many of the area’s top festivals, having a good time is pretty easy. All you need is your lawn chair and appetite to spend some enjoyable time soaking up our one-of-the-kind bayou culture. 

It’s time to plan your trip! Download or request a free visitor guide and get started.


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