Mardi Gras is coming up in a week and a half from now but some folks and areas in Southwest Louisiana are starting to celebrate early with a few Mardi Gras parades slated for this weekend.

The official Mardi Gras weekend starts on Friday, February 17th, and runs through Mardi Gras day, Tuesday, February 21st, 2023 in Lake Charles. But now, there are a few parades that are going on in the area to start the celebration early.

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In Moss Bluff, they are holding a Mardi Gras parade this Saturday, February 11th at the Sam Houston Jones State Park located at 107 Sutherland Road. The parade will start at 2:00 pm. According to the website,

Join us for a family fun time filled with floats, throws, music, and yummy food. The parade will roll at 2 pm along the riverfront day-use area. A $3 per person entry fee will apply unless you are 62 & over or 3 & under. You can purchase your day pass ahead of time to make entry quicker at

In Vinton, they will be having a chicken run and Mardi Gras parade on Saturday, February 11th, 2023. Here is what they had to say about the event according to,

Lion Backers' Chicken run kicks off at 7 a.m., departing from Ted Lyon's ballfield. The Mardi Gras parade will begin at noon, starting at Vinton Middle School and running South down Horridge Street.

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Then in Lake Charles, they are having the Lake Charles Mardi Gras event on Sunday, February 12th, 2023 at the Lake Charles Civic Center. Don't get this event confused with the Children's parade which is set for next Sunday, February 19th, 2023. If you want to get into this parade, registration starts at 8:00 am and will stop at 11:45 am. The parade starts at 12:45 pm. Here is the route.

The parade route will start at the Lake Chares Civic Center, Northwest parking lot. Heads east down Broad Street, then turns North (left) on Shattuck Street, then turns West (left) on Belden Street, then South (left) on Ryan Street, then West (right) on Pine Street, and finally South (left) on Lakeshore Drive as the parade heads back to the Civic Center where it ends.

Happy Mardi Gras everyone!

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