Houma Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras in Houma, Louisiana is a true Cajun celebration.  With over a dozen parades full of colorfully themed floats, scores of marching bands and tons of great throws, Houma has one of the largest Mardi Gras celebrations in Louisiana. You’ll find that a Houma Mardi Gras is full of Cajun hospitality along with safe, economical, family-friendly events. So, plan to catch some throws, stuff yourself full of King Cake, and above all else, let the good times roll!

Mardi Gras is considered to be one of the biggest parties in America. It’s an event that draws millions of visitors from around the world. The Mardi Gras celebration in Houma starts with the Krewe of Hercules and runs nearly non-stop until the Krewe of Bonne Terre.

2020 Houma Mardi Gras Parade Schedule:

Friday Feb. 14, 2020
Krewe of Hercules @ 6pm

Saturday Feb. 15, 2020
Krewe of Tee Caillou in Chauvin @ 12pm
Krewe of Aquarius @ 6:30pm

Sunday Feb. 16, 2020
Krewe of Hyacinthians @ 12pm
Krewe of Titans, following Hyacinthians

Friday Feb. 21, 2020
Krewe of Aphrodite @ 6:30pm

Saturday Feb. 22, 2020
Krewe of Mardi Gras @ 6:30pm (East Side)

Sunday Feb. 23, 2020
Krewe of Terreanians @ 1:30pm
Krewe of Montegut @ 2pm

Monday Feb. 24, 2020
Krewe of Cleopatra @ 6:30pm

Tuesday Feb. 25, 2020
Krewe of Houmas @ 1pm
Krewe of Kajuns, following Houmas
Krewe of Bonne Terre @ 11am (Montegut)


Mardi Gras is French for ‘Fat Tuesday.’ The celebration gets its name because many Catholic observers of Lent would typically eat up all the traditionally-rich foods in the house (bacon, butter, eggs and fatty meats) on the Tuesday before the start of fasting and sacrifice during Lent. This tradition has evolved over the years to include not only great food, but also a full on celebration with colorful floats, lavish costumes, marching bands, masked balls, king cake, costumed revelers and beads. Lots of beads! The bead-throwing tradition dates all the way back to the 1840s. Decades ago, the beads thrown from floats were made from glass and imported from Czechoslovakia. Glass beads are still thrown from time to time during Mardi Gras and they are highly coveted by parade goers.






Future Mardi Gras Dates:

2020 - February 25

2021 - February 16

2022 - March 1

2023 - February 21

2024 - February 13