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Lafayette's Mardi Gras Association says Mardi Gras is coming back to Lafayette in 2022

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Posted at 2:31 PM, Nov 18, 2021

The Greater Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association says that Mardi Gras will be back in Lafayette for 2022.

According to the association, they are making plans to roll with their full complement of parades.

For now, they are in the planning stages of adding a Friday night parade that would honor the medical heroes that have helped throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trey Hightower, the association's president tells KATC, we are saying thanks.

"We thought it was a great opportunity to honor everybody that's taken care of us in the last year," he said. "The healthcare sector, obviously, but also our local law enforcement, city officials, and state officials. So we thought, what a better way to bring back the parade than to celebrate those who have taken care of us?"

Aside from the return of the Friday night parade, Le Festival de Mardi Gras á Lafayette is returning to Cajun Field.

"The festival is a revenue source for Mardi Gras," he said. "Not every krewe can afford to ride on their own; we do have some krewes that are big enough and can do that, but one thing our association does is we subsidize the parades for the krewes that can't put on a parade on their own."

He explained: planning Mardi Gras is a year-round process. The association and individual krewes already have plans in place for 2022.

"Everybody's excited. The excitement and enthusiasm for Mardi Gras this year was palpable throughout the room," he said about a recent meeting with krewes. "We had some city officials that were in attendance and they reassured all the krewes that we're gonna do everything we possibly can to make sure Mardi Gras is celebrated this year with the parades and as normal as it can possibly be."

The Greater Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association Mardi Gras line-up is as follows:

Friday, February 25, 2022

• Kick-off Parade honoring COVID Heroes, TBD

Saturday, February 26, 2022

• "Children's" Parade, Lafayette, 12:30 p.m. (featuring Krewe d’Amusement, Krewe of Camelot, Krewe des Jeunes Amis, Krewe of Oberon, Krewe of Troubadours, and Krewe of Versaille)

• Krewe of Bonaparte Parade, Lafayette, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, February 28, 2022

• Monday Night Parade Honoring Queen Evangeline LXXXI, Lafayette, 6:00 p.m. (featuring Krewe of Apollo, Krewe d’Argent , Krewe of Attakapas, Krewe of Bon Amis, Krewe of Karencro, Krewe of Olympus, Krewe de Rendevous, Krewe de St. Martin, Krewe of Triton, Krewe of Troubadours, Krewe of Victoria, Krewe of Xanadu)

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

• King Gabriel's Parade, Lafayette, 10:00 a.m.

• Lafayette Mardi Gras Festival Parade, Lafayette, 1:00 p.m.

• Independent Parade, Lafayette, 2:30 p.m.

• City Ball, Lafayette, 8:00 p.m.

With the return of Le Festival de Mardi Gras á Lafayette, the festival will run from Friday, February 25th through March 1, 2022. It will feature a new carnival with a new, more convenient, and spacious layout. They also announced entertainment featuring Wayne Toups and The Chee-Weez.

Earlier this month, KATC spoke with other Krewes looking forward to bringing Mardi Gras back in 2022. See that story here.
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