Festivals & Events

The “joie de vivre,” or joy of living, is not just a mindset, but a way of life in South Louisiana.  Throughout the year, Pointe Coupee is home to several festivals and events that provide an opportunity to check your cares at the door, and immerse yourself in the local culture.

Mardi Gras

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!  Pointe Coupee Parish beckons fun-seekers each Mardi Gras. Charming New Roads hosts the state’s oldest Mardi Gras celebration outside of New Orleans. Though the town has a population of only about 6,000, as many as 100,000 parade-goers from across Louisiana and neighboring states converge on New Roads each Shrove Tuesday for a tradition-laden, family-friendly and convenient alternative to Mardi Gras in the Big Easy. New Roads actually hosts two parades, so people can choose a morning or afternoon parade or – like many – go to both!
Also not to be missed is the Livonia Mardi Gras parade on the Sunday before Mardi Gras!
The most unique parade is the Lundi Gras Parade held in Batchelor. The Lundi Gras participants decorate farm equipment, utility vehicles, horses and wagons. The parade includes a greased-pig and a chicken-chasing contest, music and dancing, great foods, and much more!

Parades Include:

Community Center of Pointe Coupee Parade

Shrove Tuesday, 11 a.m.

New Roads, LA

(225) 603-2645

New Roads Lions Club Parade

Shrove Tuesday, 2 p.m.

New Roads, LA

(225) 638-7478

Livonia Carnival Association Parade

Sunday before Shrove Tuesday, 1 p.m.

Livonia, LA

(225) 937-1144

Lundi Gras Parade (Courir du Lundi Gras, at Old River Landing)

Shrove Monday, 11 a.m.

Batchelor, LA

(225) 492-3474

Crawfish Jams on False River

Added to the festival lineup in 2015, Crawfish Jams is a celebration of the abundant aquaculture harvest in the Parish. The festival boasts live bands, great food, local vendors, and of course, copious amounts of crawfish. Local chefs are on hand with succulent, locally-harvested crawfish, Jambalaya, and everything in between. Musical acts typically include a diverse lineup of zydeco, country, rhythm, blues and rock-n-roll! The festival is held on the banks of False River in Morrison Parkway every spring during the peak of harvest season.

False River Fourth of July Boat Parade & Rhythms on the River

There’s no better way to celebrate Independence Day than taking a cruise on the ‘River.’ The parade originally started on the south end of the ‘River,’ and was moved to the north end in 2014. Parade participants vie for prizes in keeping with the long-standing tradition of themed boat decorating. You can watch the parade from a boat or land, but make sure to watch out for flying water balloons! After the parade, stick around for the Rhythms on the River Festival featuring live music all afternoon in Morrison Parkway.

Harvest Festival on False River

One of the biggest free festivals in the state of Louisiana, ‘Harvest Fest’ is a three-day celebration of the rich agricultural history of Pointe Coupee Parish. Held annually, typically the third weekend in October, the festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors to the quaint streets of historic downtown New Roads on beautiful False River. All are welcome to enjoy the best in local cuisine, carnival rides, craft vendors from across the nation, and some of the best local and national recording artists around.

Market at the Mill

Market is a unique shopping experience held every spring and fall in the restored Cottonseed Mill at the heart of Community Park. Whether you’re looking for antiques, clothing, crafts, or great food, visitors can expect to find a wide range of vendors to choose from.