Mambo Mania: Mardi Gras party enters final weekend in Capitol area

BATON ROUGE, La. — After three weeks of parading in and around Baton Rouge, Mardi Gras wraps up this weekend with some of the biggest parades in the Capitol area.

Unfiltered with Kiran has everything you need to know about all of this year’s exciting Mardi Gras finale and the seven parades that will roll through Fat Tuesday!

Krewe of Southdowns | February 17

Krewe of Southdowns (Source: Krewe of Southdowns)

Since 1988, the Krewe of Southdowns has been dazzling Baton Rouge during Mardi Gras. The krewe touts itself as Baton Rouge’s first and most unique family-friendly nighttime Mardi Gras parade.

The Krewe of Southdowns rolls out on the Friday before Fat Tuesday. The parade, featuring handmade floats, starts at 7 p.m. at Glasgow Middle School. It weaves through the Southdowns neighborhood before ending at the Acadian-Perkins Shopping Center.

Spanish Town Mardi Gras | February 18

Spanish Town Mardi Gras (Source: Spanish Town Mardi Gras)

Pink flamingos and political satire will be on full display during the annual Spanish Town Mardi Gras parade on February 18 at noon.

Baton Rouge’s most eclectic parade, rolling through Spanish Town and downtown since 1981, will begin at noon February 18. John Schneider, best known for playing Bo Duke in The Dukes of Hazzard, will serve as this year’s king.

The 2023 theme: Man I love flamingos.

Krewe of the Good Friends of the Oaks | February 19

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Get ready to get rockin’ through the ages as the Krewe of Good Friends of the Oaks rolls through downtown Port Allen February 19.

The parade starts at 1 p.m. and will feature floats and throws for the family-friendly parade.

The parade starts and ends at La. 1 and Rivault Park. The parade rolls down S. Jefferson Ave. and 6th St.

Krewe of St. Gabriel | February 19

The Krewe of St. Gabriel will be rolling at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Krewe of Comogo | February 19

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Since 2013 the Krewe of Comogo has been lighting up the night in Plaquemine. And this year, the parade is set for one of their biggest parades yet.

Named to memorialize Brenda Comeaux, who spent so much of her time making Plaquemine a place of fun and activity, the parade rolls through Plaquemine starting at 7 p.m. February 19.

The parade starts at St. John the Evangelist Church, rolls down Hwy. 1 before turning on Hwy. 75/Bellview Dr. and ending at the Carl F. Grant Civic Center.

New Roads Mardi Gras | February 21

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The state’s oldest Mardi Gras parades outside of New Orleans is ready to roll through New Roads on Fat Tuesday.

The parade celebrated its 100th anniversary last year, and thousands are expected to flock to downtown New Roads for the annual 3.5 mile long parade. This year’s theme is “Winter Wonderland”.

There are two parades that roll through New Roads on Mardi Gras. The Community Center of Pointe Coupee parade begins at 11 a.m. and the New Roads Lions Club parade rolls at 2 p.m.

The parade “will follow the now-traditional, clockwise circuit of New Roads, W. Main, Olinde, Napoleon, Poydras and Parent Sts., with the Community Center entering New Roads St. from the Ferry Road, St. Augustine St., and upper New Roads St. areas in the northern part of the city, and the Lions entering E. Main from the from the Community Park, Community St. and Oak St. neighborhood in the eastern part of town,” the group’s Facebook page says.

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