Mardi Gras Information

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2019 Mardi Gras Information
Each year, Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG) prepares for a safe and successful Carnival Season. LCG reminds the public of the barricade placement schedule along the parade route in order for businesses, residents and travelers in the City of Lafayette to plan accordingly. Barricades will be placed to allow for “turning lanes” and major cross-overs along Johnston St. and N. College Rd.
The Lafayette Police Department will close all streets on and around the parade route one hour before the parades begin. All streets will remain closed until the completion of the last parade. No streets will be open until all citizens have been removed from the area and vehicles are able to travel safely.
Public Works crews will follow the last float of each parade, cleaning up litter and debris along the entire parade route. Motorists are asked to use alternate routes when possible, allow extra time to get to their destinations and exercise additional caution and patience while cleanup crews and public safety officers are on the roadways.
The City of Lafayette Barricade Placement & Parade Schedule: 
​​Feb. 21, 8 a.m.  Public Works crews will place barricades from Simcoe & Surrey to Johnston & Vermilion
Feb. 22, 8 a.m Public Works crews will place barricades from Johnston & Vermilion Streets to Cajun Field
Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m.  The Rio Parade - Barricades are moved to the sides of the roads after the parade.
Feb. 28, 8 a.m.  Public Works crews will replace barricades from the sides of the roads up to Johnston St.
Mar. 1, 5 a.m.  ​

​Public Works crews will place barricades to reduce driving lanes along the parade route at the following intersections:

  • Bertrand and Reinhardt Drives
  • Johnston Street at S. College Road in front of Twins
  • S. College Road at Johnston Street on the side of Exxon
  • Johnston Street at Cajundome Boulevard
  • Johnston and Clinton Streets
Mar. 1, 8 a.m.   Public Works crews will replace barricades from the sides of the roads to Cajun Field
​Mar. 1   ​No Parade
Mar. 2, 12:30 p.m. The Children’s Parade rolls from Lafayette St. & Vermilion to Cajundome Blvd.
Mar. 2, 6:30 p.m.  The Krewe of Bonaparte Mardi Gras Parade Barricades remain in place and PW cleans route.
​Mar. 4, 6 p.m.  Queen Evangeline’s Parade
Tuesday, Mar. 5, Mardi Gras Day
  10 a.m.  King Gabriel’s Parade
1 p.m.  The Lafayette Mardi Gras Festival Parade
2:30 p.m.  The TownSquare Media Independent Parade 
Post Parade​​  ​Immediately following the last float, barricades at all intersections will be removed
11 p.m. until  ​ Public Works crews will remove  all remaining barricades and clean up along the entire parade route.
​Mar. 6 Public Works crews will not be working on the roadways.
​Mar. 7, 7 a.m.  Public Works crews remove barricades and return to PW yard.
​Mar. 8, 7 a.m.  Public Works crews remove barricades and return to PW yard.
Handicap Viewing - The Lafayette Police Command Post at the corner of St. Julien and Johnston Streets, in front of Fire Station #5 is designated as handicap viewing. 
For a complete Lafayette Parish Parade Schedule visit Mardi Gras Events/Parades (LCVC).
Other information about the parade route and Public Works operations during the Mardi Gras season:
  • The parade route is 3.9 miles in length
  • Public Works places approximately 5,500 barricades along the parade route and adjacent areas for crowd control and safety
  • Public Works utilizes eight 30-yard roll-off dumpsters for trash and debris disposal
  • Public Works utilizes 122 portable toilets that are placed along the parade route