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It's carnival time again! All over Acadiana, preparations are taking place to celebrate Mardi  Gras 2012. From the Mardi Gras Balls to the parades, here's a list of what's going on and when here in Acadiana for Mardi Gras 2012. (UPDATE - Youngsville Parade scheduled for Saturday, February 18th has been cancelled)



  • Friday February 17th-Sunday February 19th


    • Church Point Courir de Mardi Gras


    Location: Downtown Church Point

    Time: Friday - 5-10:30pm, Saturday 8:30am-10:30pm, Sunday 7am-4pm

    Event Info: churchpointmardigras.com

    • Friday Night Parade

    Location: Lafayette, regular parade route

    Time: 6:30 pm

  • Friday, February 17th

    Le Festival de Mardi Gras a Lafayette

    Location: Cajun Field, Lafayette

    Time: Carnival & Live music begins at 6pm

    Performers: The Molly Ringwalds, Blaine Roy & Second Wind, Corey Ledet

    More Info: lafayettemardigrasfestival.com

  • Saturday February 18th


    • Jennings Mardi Gras Festival & Parade

    Location: Founders Park, Main St. in Jennings

    Time: 10:30am until

    More Info: cityofjennings.com/events


    • Lake Fausse Pointe Mardi Gras Parade


    Location: Lake Fausse Pointe State Park - 5400 Levee Rd. St. Martinville

    Time: 2pm

    More Info: lastateparks.com


    • Children's Parade


    Location: Regular Lafayette Parade route

    Time: 12:30pm

    More Info: gomardigras.com


    • Le Festival de Mardi Gras a Lafayette


    Location: Cajun Field, Lafayette

    Time: Carnival & Live music begins at 1pm

    Performers: Marc Broussard, Jamie Bergeron & The Kickin Cajuns, Chris Mulkey w/ Whiskey Bay, The Phossils, Caleb Elliott

    More Info: lafayettemardigrasfestival.com

    • Youngsville Mardi Gras Parade (***CANCELLED***)

    Time: 11am

    Route: Church Street to Lafayette Street

    Registration: City Hall, by Friday Feb 17th


  • Sunday, February 19th


    • Newcomers Mardi Gras Parade


    Location: St. Martinville

    • Le Festival de Mardi Gras a Lafayette

    Location: Cajun Field, Lafayette

    Time: Carnival & Live music begins at 1pm

    Performers: 10 Years, Nick L Beer, Horace Trahan, Biscuithound, Caleb Elliott

    More Info: lafayettemardigrasfestival.com

    Time: 1:00pm

  • Sunday, February 19th - Tuesday, February 21st

    • 12th Carnival D'Acadie Downtown

    Location: Crowley

    Time: Sunday 3-10pm, Monday, 3-11pm, Tuesday 10am-7pm

    Info: Music, carnival rides, street dancing, festival foods, free admission

    More Info: crowleyla.com

  • Monday, February 20th


    • Lundi Gras at the Village


    Location: Le Vieux Village - 828 E. Landry St. Opelousas

    Time: 5:00-8:00pm

    About: Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie from 6-8pm, boucherie demonstration and tours of Le Vieux Village

    • Queen's Parade

    Location: Usual Lafayette parade route

    Time: 6:00pm

    More Info: gomardigras.com

    • Le Festival de Mardi Gras a Lafayette

    Location: Cajun Field, Lafayette

    Time: Carnival & Live music begins at 6pm

    Performers: Wayne Toups, Lafayette's Bayou Boys, Side Show, Dikki Du, Louisiana's Kids

    More Info: lafayettemardigrasfestival.com


  • Tuesday, February 21st


    • 25th Tee Mamou


    Location: Downtown Iota

    Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm

    More Info: iotamardigras.com


    • Grand Marais Mardi Gras Parade


    Location: Hwy 90 E. at College Road in Jeanerette

    Time: 11:00am


    • Krewe Chic-A-La-Pie Mardi Gras Parade


    Location: Downtown Kaplan

    Time: 2:00pm


    • Krewe of Coteau Mardi Gras Parade


    Location: Francis Romero Memorial Park & LA 88 in Coteau

    Time: 1:00pm


    • King's Parade


    Location: Usual Parade route in Lafayette

    Time: 10:00am


    • Lafayette Mardi Gras Festival Parade


    Location: Usual Parade route in Lafayette

    Time: Immediately following King's Parade


    • Fox 15 Independent Parade


    Location: Usual Parade route in Lafayette

    Time: 2:00pm

    • Le Festival de Mardi Gras a Lafayette

    Location: Cajun Field, Lafayette

    Time: Carnival & Live music begins at 11:00am

    Performers: Krossfyre, Lee Benoit, Andy Smith Band

    More Info: lafayettemardigrasfestival.com