Mardi Gras Lafayette 2016

Your Guide to Carnival Season in Lafayette, LA and the Acadiana area

Krewes


A krewe is a social club whose main purpose is to observe and celebrate the Carnival season. 

The main activities of krewes include yearly socials, lavish Carnival balls and participation in parades for the community. Some krewes have community service and philanthropic endeavors as well. 


Membership in a krewe may be open to the public or by invitation only. Members pay a fee for krewe membership to cover the cost of producing the ball and parade. Larger krewes hold their own parades while smaller krewes may group together to form a parade. 


A krewe ball is usually a private affair for the members of a krewe and their guests. The ball usually consists of a tableau or program in which its chosen monarchs and court are formally presented. The court may be formal or comical and are usually presented to the attendees in a lively program of song and dance. Glittering costumes of satin, rhinestones, sequins and plumes are standard for krewes in the Lafayette area. The guests enjoy food, drink, dancing and party favors.


Lafayette area krewes produce the extremely popular parades of Mardi Gras. Krewe member fees pay for floats and float rentals, marching bands, performers. They ensure public safety in cooperation with local law enforcement. Most of all, krewe members purchase the numerous tons of beads and trinkets they shower on to parade-goers, all to make for an enjoyable Carnival season experience for the community. 


Men's Krewes


Krewe of Andalusia (New Iberia)

Krewe of Gabriel

Krewe of Iberians (New Iberia)

Krewe of Triton

Les Brigands de Lafitte

Mystic Krewe of Apollo

Order of the Troubadours

Royal Order of the Unicorn


Women's Krewes


Krewe of Olympus

Krewe of Victoria

Krewe of Xanadu

Mystic Krewe of Attakapas

Royal Order of Eden (New Iberia)



Mixed Gender Krewes


Krewe de St. Martin (Breaux Bridge)

Krewe de Wideload 

Krewe des Amis (Youngsville)

Krewe de Joie de Vie

Krewe of Bonaparte

Krewe of Carnivale en Rio

Krewe of Town Revelers (Crowley)

Lafayette Mardi Gras Festival, Inc.



Children's Krewes


Krewe d'Amusement

Krewe des Jeunes Amis

Krewe of Camelot

Krewe of Oberon

Krewe of Versailles



Krewes for Individuals with Special Needs


Krewe of Angels



Canine Krewes


Krewe des Chiens