The revelry of the Mardi Gras season in Pointe Coupee Parish rolls into high gear with festivities beginning this weekend and continuing through the end of Fat Tuesday.
Parades, Mardi Gras balls and the presentation of royalty comprise the annual festivities in Pointe Coupee, which has one of Louisiana’s largest and oldest celebrations outside New Orleans.
Here’s a chronological listing of the events for this year’s celebration.
The municipality that overlaps between Iberville and Pointe Copuee parishes will hold its 34th annual Mardi Gras Ball on Saturday, Feb. 15, at the West Baton Rouge Parish Community Center in Port Allen.
Doors will open at 7 p.m. The ceremony kicks off at 8 p.m.
The ball will include the crowning of this year’s royalty, along with introduction of the past king and queen and this year’s grand marshal, Dr. Joshua Oliver M.D., a Maringouin native who now practices in Fredericksburg, Va.
The parade will roll into action at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22.
The parade coordinator is Cassandra Thompson. For more information on the event, call (225) 907-6004.
For more details on the ball, contact Verbie Parker at (225) 625-4098, Althea Littles at (225) 588-2463, or the town of Maringouin Town Hall at (225) 625-2630.
The Town of Livonia presents its traditional Mardi Gras celebration on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m.
For more information on the festivities, call (225) 937-1114.
Old River Landing will be the site of the annual Krewe of Old River Landing Lundi Gras Parade, which kicks off at 10 a.m. (river stage permitting).
For more information, call (225) 492-3474 or (225) 718-4748.
Two longtime parades highlight the revelry in downtown New Roads on Mardi Gras day.
The festivities begin with the 98th annual Community Center of Pointe Coupee Parade, which starts at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call (225) 603-2645.
The 77th annual New Roads Lions Club Parade caps the festivities with their procession through the streets, which begins at 1:30 p.m.
For more information on the event, call (225) 638-3311 or (225) 603-7478.