March 11, 2014 7:47 AM
In this "Spirit of Acadiana" Scott Brazda shows how one bead recycling program give some special people a sense of purpose.
This project is an ongoing enterprise for LARC's Vocational Services Program. Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are employed by LARC's Mardi Gras Beads-N-More Store all through the... more »
March 4, 2014 10:57 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Despite rain and cold in Tuesday's forecast, thousands of people were expected to line the traditional parade routes overnight to get a prime spot for Mardi Gras - New Orleans' biggest show. Mark Nelson, of St. Louis, will be attending his first Fat Tuesday. He said... more »
March 3, 2014 9:51 AM
Due to the Mardi Gras Holiday, the Lafayette Transit System will not offer any service on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. The suspension of services include Daytime, Night Owl and Para-transit. Bus services will resume as scheduled on Ash Wednesday, March 5.
February 21, 2014 9:58 AM
The Scott Mardi Gras parade welcomes a new addition to the "krew". This year LARC will feature a "Throw Back" trailer in the Scott parade. The decorated trailer will be last in line to collect all of the unwanted beads and throws given during the parade for LARC's Mardi Gras... more »
February 10, 2014 7:58 AM
The Town of Washington is hosting its Annual Mardi Gras Parade February 22, 2014. The parade starts at 11a.m. , and headliner Geno Delafose begins playing at 11:30 a.m. The fun takes place at the pavilion in downtown Washington.
For more info call: 337-826-3626
Or visit: www.townofwashingtonla.org
January 30, 2014 7:27 AM
TRAIL is hosting two festival runs this year. The Carencro Mardi Gras Run takes place on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 10 a.m. This is a 4-mile pre-parade run and the path is along the parade route. The Lafayette Lundi Gras Run is a 3.2 mile event along the parade... more »
January 30, 2013 7:00 AM
TRAIL - Transportation Recreation Alternatives in Louisiana is hosting the 2013 Inaugural Carencro Mardi Gras Run on Saturday, February 2nd. The 4 mile run takes place at 3020 N. University Ave, along the Carencro Mardi Gras Association parade route, at 10:45 am. Entry includes t-shirt, post run meal, refreshments, shuttle... more »
January 25, 2013 10:34 AM
The Carencro Mardi Gras Association is hosting the FIRST parade to roll in Lafayette parish and kick off the Mardi Gras season . The parade takes place on University Ave. in the city of Carencro on February 2, 2013 at 11am. The streets will be blocked off by 10 that... more »
March 8, 2012 10:03 AM
KENNER, La. (AP) - The glitter, the glitz, the pageantry and history of Mardi Gras is up for sale to the highest bidder. The once thriving Mardi Gras Museum, which closed last year as the budget crunch hit Kenner, is putting its varied collection of Mardi Gras memorabilia up for... more »
March 1, 2012 9:39 AM
PLAQUEMINE, La. (AP) - A 25-year-old man wanted for the fatal shooting of another man during a Mardi Gras parade on Feb. 19 has surrendered to authorities. Capt. Kenny Payne of the Plaquemine Police Department tells T he Advocate Akeem O. Gailes was arrested at his attorney's office around 12:30... more »
February 22, 2012 11:14 PM
More consequences could be on the way for those involved in a Mardi Gras fight, including a legal battle and changes to parade rules. Police arrested Lafayette developer Glenn Stewart after officials said he punched a woman, Erin May Fitzgerald, in the face, knocking her unconscious. He's currently charged with... more »
February 22, 2012 8:43 AM
"Happy Mardi Gras Franklin," said a group of parade goers. From Franklin to Morgan City, many people celebrated Mardi Gras in St. Mary Parish. School bands excited dozens of parade goers with music and funky dance moves! "I like the dancers," said a parade goer in Franklin. In Morgan City,... more »
February 22, 2012 1:34 AM
Before the Independent Parade even rolled Tuesday, a fight sent a woman to the hospital.
The daughter of the Independent Weekly Publishers Steve May and Cherry Fisher May was punched and knocked unconscious. She is among three people Tuesday charged after a fight broke out over a float.
... more »
February 21, 2012 10:06 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Rocker Bret Michaels and Grammy-winning singer Cyndi Lauper were expected to usher in Mardi Gras with musical performances in the wee hours of the morning Tuesday during a glitzy ball following the Orpheus parade. Michaels, the bandana-wearing Poison frontman, and Lauper were the celebrity riders in... more »
February 20, 2012 11:46 PM
Lundi Gras festivities lasted well into the night Monday evening, with two parades rolling through the streets of Lafayette and a ball to wrap it all up. The Children's Parade, rescheduled due to rain on Saturday, ran right in front of the Queen's Parade Monday night. It was the first... more »
February 20, 2012 7:26 PM
A 16 year old winds up in the hospital after he claims he was beaten by St Martinville Police Officers. The incident happened early last night right after a Mardi Gras parade.
TJ Falier said, "he grabbed me by my head and picked me up." His sister, Latoya Grey,... more »
February 17, 2012 11:43 PM
Rob's forecast may have already rained on your parade. So far, two routes in Acadiana are cancelled on Saturday and another pair, postponed.
La Grande Boucherie in St. Martiville, postponed along with Baldwin's Mardi Gras Parade. Parades in Youngsville and Washington have both cancelled but the weather isn't stopping... more »
February 17, 2012 11:22 PM
Many people in Lafayette were out catching beads at the Friday Night Parade. But there were also those who had different plans for the night, who got to see the parade whether they wanted to or not. That's because for as many beads thrown, there's just as many roads closed.... more »
February 16, 2012 11:20 PM
Many people in Youngsville and the surrounding area are upset over the cancellation of Saturday's Mardi Gras parade. It's the first time in the history of the parade it's been cancelled.
"We're just so upset about it," said parade participant Melissa Gouedeau.
Goudeau said she and her friends... more »
February 13, 2012 12:08 AM
Despite a chilly weekend, the weather did not get in the way of Mardi Gras parades this weekend.
A few hundred lined the streets in Scott for the city's annual parade one big party especially for those who live along the parade.
"It is a very big tailgate... more »
February 12, 2012 5:51 PM
Starting Monday, February 13, and continuing through the end of March, The Arc of Acadiana and Lafayette Auto Dealers Association (LADA) will be sponsoring a Mardi Gras Bead Drive. The campaign will kick off February 13 and continue until March 31. The beads will be collected, detangled, recycled and resold,... more »
February 12, 2012 12:57 PM
The temperatures in the 40's and even 30's for some of the parades Saturday, but that didn't really keep the crowds away.
What started out as a mild winter quickly changed within just a matter of days just in time for the first big parade of the carnival season.... more »
February 10, 2012 6:33 PM
Lafayette's Krewe of Carnival en Rio unloaded boxes and loaded floats ahead of Saturday night's Lafayette parade. The Krewe of Rio put the finishing touches on floats in their den, unloading pallets of beads and trinkets.
"The people out here put hours and hours in daily. It takes a... more »
February 8, 2012 9:49 AM
Lafayette, LA - The Lafayette Police Department is in final preparation for the Mardi Gras parade season here in the City of Lafayette. The first Parade will begin on Saturday, February 11, 2012, at 6:30 pm. The Lafayette Police Department will close all streets on and around the parade route... more »
February 8, 2012 9:34 AM
The Greater Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association is pleased to announce that they have developed an app for both iPhone and Android that features all of the information you need to celebrate Mardi Gras! The development of the app was made possible by the generous support of Service Chevrolet. The... more »
February 6, 2012 10:42 AM
HOUMA, La. (AP) - Law enforcement officials in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes are taking steps they hope will make room in the parish jails for an expected Carnival season influx. The Courier reports that both jails are at about capacity: 680 inmates in Terrebonne and 245 in Lafourche. Authorities are... more »
February 6, 2012 9:17 AM
Scott Mardi Gras Parade will be held on Febuary 12, 2012!! Hosted by the Scott Business Association in the city of Scott!!! The parade start at 1:00pm, and will be family friendy and tons of fun!! Everyone is invited to join in the fun, and even be apaprt of the... more »
January 26, 2012 8:35 AM
Krewe des Chiens is hosting its year 2012 mardi gras ball and parade!! The ball will be held at Ball- Abacus restaurant in Lafayette at 7:00 on Feb 3,2012. The parade will be in Downtown Lafayette in front of the courthouse Feb 11,2012 starting at 2:00pm!
For more info... more »
January 25, 2012 9:42 AM
HATHAWAY, La. (AP) - A soldier's wife in Hathaway is on a mission to send a little Mardi Gras to troops in the Middle East. Sherri Arrington's goal is to gather enough Carnival novelties and other Louisiana souvenirs to decorate a dining hall for nearly a thousand troops at a... more »
January 8, 2012 12:14 PM
Mardi Gras season officially kicked off Friday and Saturday was the first ball of the season.
The carnival season has officially kicked off and it was a huge party at the Cajun Dome Convention Center as the Krew of Rio kicked off their Mardi Gras celebration
Vivid colors,... more »
January 5, 2012 9:48 AM
The City of Scott and the Scott Business Association will launch the Mardi Gras celebration with the raising of the Mardi Gras flag on Monday January 9, 2012, 12:00 noon, at the Scott City Hall.
2011 King Alexandria XV Chad Sonnier and Queen Olivia XV Kellie Leblanc will reign... more »
March 8, 2011 9:27 PM
The party reached all the way out to St. Mary Parish where the people of Franklin and Morgan City both argue their parade is the best around. Morgan City is known for two things: oil and shrimp. Add Mardi Gras to the mix, and these people say it's the best... more »
March 8, 2011 6:14 PM
Questionable weather couldn't keep crowds away in Lafayette. The King's Parade started rolling at ten in the morning. Lafayette resident, Judith Coury, said "it's a fun day, people that don't come out here, can't appreciate the fun that they can have for something like this. Another resident, Kayla Derousselle, said... more »
February 25, 2011 11:33 PM
New Iberia kicked off Mardi Gras parade season with the Andalusia Parade Friday night. Floats, dancers, bands and parade-goers filled the streets of downtown for the first parade in Acadiana.
"I like to see all the people so happy and it gives them a chance to come out and... more »
February 21, 2011 10:28 AM
Carnival d'Acadie Live Entertainment Crowley Enterprise Grounds - North Parkerson Avenue
Schedule of Events:
Sunday, March 6, 2011 3:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M . Carnival, music by JYD
Lundi Gras, Monday, March 7, 2011 3:00 P.M. - 11:00 P.M. Carnival
6:15 P.M. - Welcome Mayor Greg A.... more »
February 23, 2010 2:04 PM
RANT: What do you think about this story? Should the officer in the video be disciplined? Or do you think his actions were warranted?
CLICK HERE or email firstname.lastname@example.org to weigh in on this debate.
A Lafayette Police Officer has been put on leave after an amateur video... more »
February 16, 2010 7:12 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Despite temperatures falling to the freezing mark overnight and not expected to get much above 50, Mardi Gras in New Orleans is staying hot. Parades rolled until late Monday night. People partied on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter until much later. Along historic St. Charles Avenue,... more »
February 16, 2010 7:12 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Despite temperatures falling to the freezing mark overnight and not expected to get much above 50 on Tuesday, New Orleans big pre-Lenten party stayed hot. Parades rolled until late Monday night. People partied on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter until much later. Along historic St. Charles... more »
February 12, 2010 1:46 PM
The Henderson Parade will begin a 12:30pm at Picard's Auto Parts and end at the park in Henderson.
Music, food and fun continue in the park until 5pm.
February 5, 2010 12:59 PM
With the Superbowl and Mardi Gras coming up, it is one big party after another. One party favor store in Lafayette, Beads Galore, has seen a huge rush recently.
Saints gear is flying off the shelves because Acadianians are rushing to get decked out for the big day.
... more »
February 3, 2010 7:17 PM
The Krewe of Rio is getting the party started early. For the first time, Krewe members took their parade to Women's and Children's Hospital. They greeted sick children who won't be able to see the parade Saturday February 6. A fuzzy toucan, beauty queen and glittery king and queen strolled... more »
January 13, 2010 7:40 PM
Stricter rules will be in affect this year for Mardi Gras runners in Eunice.
Almost a year ago Hannah Landreneau died participating in the run.
She fell when attempting to cross from the back of a pickup truck onto a trailer.
"It's soon to be her anniversary... more »
November 12, 2009 8:57 AM
METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Metairie's Krewe of Rhea has canceled its 2010 Carnival parade on Feb. 7, Super Bowl Sunday. Rhea captain Anna Marie Soto told The Times-Picayune Wednesday that krewe members felt turnout would be low, whether the 8-0 New Orleans Saints are in the game or not. They... more »