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Mardi Gras Events

Mardi Gras is an exciting season for the young and old, locals, and visitors. Elaborately decorated floats throw "treasures" (trinkets like beads, stuffed animals, logoed cups, doubloons, food items such as "Moon Pies" and more) to eager bystanders. "Throw Me Something Mister" is a familiar phrase yelled out by on lookers to the carnival "Krewes" on the floats as they pass by hoping to "scoop" up some of these exciting items.

In 1908, the Gulf Coast Carnival Association was the first Krewe to parade on the Mississippi Gulf Coast with 17 floats. Today there are more than 20 parades and an estimated 450,000 people attend parades every year. With the addition of two new parades in 2009, and in 2011 the Long Beach Carnival Association Parade making its debut as an evening parade, the coast continues "Carnival on the Coast" with the party getting bigger & better every year!

Awarded American Bus Association (ABA) Top 100 Events 2003
Awarded Southeast Tourism Society (STS) Top 20 Winter Event 2010, 2011 & 2013 

Upcoming Mardi Gras Dates:

  • 2017 - February 28
  • 2018 - February 13
  • 2019 - March 5
  • 2020 - February 25
  • 2021 - February 16


Mardi Gras Trivia: The March 9th and February 3rd dates are extra special, because those dates only occur once in a lifetime, each occurring roughly once every 100-150 years. The next date of March 9 is the year 2038. The closest many of us will see the Holiday to that date, in our lifetime, was 2011 when Mardi Gras occurred on March 8th. On the other end of the spectrum, very few of us will see the next February 3 date, which is 2285! February 5th was the earliest this century, which occurred in 2008, the next one that early will be in 2160!