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.
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!
Community Center of Pointe Coupee Parade
Shrove Tuesday, 11 a.m.
New Roads, LA
New Roads Lions Club Parade
Shrove Tuesday, 2 p.m.
New Roads, LA
Livonia Carnival Association Parade
Sunday before Shrove Tuesday, 1 p.m.
Lundi Gras Parade (Courir du Lundi Gras, at Old River Landing)
Shrove Monday, 11 a.m.