Mardi Gras Parades


Natchitoches will celebrate Mardi Gras two weekends with parades.

The fun kicks off Saturday, Feb. 19 with the 16th Annual Cloutierville Mardi Gras Parade. The parade rolls at 2 p.m. and will feature hometown hero Patrick “Petey” Hicks as Grand Marshal, elected officials, bands, dance and drill teams, old cars, motorcycles, horses, pageant queens, side by sides, golf carts and more. There will be vendors and food trucks. For more information call Rhonda Sanders at 318-332-7116 or Rhonda Carter at 318-332-2523.

Krewe of Wag-un
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The Krewe of Wag-uns Children and Pet Parade will roll Saturday, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. Sponsored by the Natchitoches Humane Society and Raising Cane’s, the parade has three award categories including a crowning of “King Rex Rufus” and “Queen Mutt A Gras.” Children may use scooters, bicycles, wagons and golf carts, if driven by an adult. Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Bank of Montgomery on Washington Street. The parade travels down Front Street, turns onto the South end of the Riverbank and ends at the stage. For more information call Natchitoches Main Street at 318-352-2746 or email

Krewe of Dionysos
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“Take Me to the Mardi Gras” is the theme for the Annual Krewe of Dionysos Parade. The family friendly night parade rolls at 6 p.m. and features Super Floats and community entries including a grand marshal, marching bands and dance groups. The parade begins on South Drive in East Natchitoches and rolls through the historic downtown. For more information, visit www. 
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This article published in the Feb. 17, 2022, print edition
The Campti Community Development Center (CCDC) is organizing its first parade and welcomes parade participants and donations of throws. Parade participants will line up at 2846 Hwy 71 at 12:30 p.m. (Old Sambo’s).
The parade will start at 1 p.m. No four wheelers are allowed, but side by sides and horses are welcome. All entries must be decorated. For more information contact Amanda Davis, Program Director, at (318) 476-2323.