How does starting Mardi Gras two weeks early sound to you? If that sounds great, Mid City Gras has just the celebration for you! The Mid City parade rolls down North Boulevard, starting at 19th Street, and ends at Baton Rouge Community College.

There are so many reasons to join the fun. Here are five of them:


  1. Bikes with Purpose. This year’s grand marshal is Front Yard Bikes, a local nonprofit organization that encourages our community to bike. Hosting weekly rides throughout the city and teaching children how to construct bicycles from the parts and colors of their choice, Front Yard Bikes is bringing their passion for biking to the parade. CEO Dustin LaFont and children involved with the organization will lead the parade through Mid City.


  1. Environmentally-Friendly Throws. Along with the wonderful Front Yard Bikes krewe, the handcrafted, environmentally-friendly throws make Mid City Gras unique. Thanks to Circa 1857, participants in the community had a venue to decorate these acorn throws -- the perfect gift for our Mid City mascot, the squirrel


  1. It’s Easy--and Affordable--to Join in the Fun. The Mid City Gras parade gives anyone the chance to apply to walk--and the price is right. Not everybody can afford the astronomical costs of a being part of traditional Mardi Gras krewe, but participating in the Mid City parade is a steal. And t-shirt sales and donations go toward funding the parade, which allows boys and girls of Baton Rouge to be part of the action.


  1. Peace, Love and Nuts. This year’s theme celebrates all that Mid City has in common. You’ll find Baton Rouge’s finest developments along the route, ranging from new, upcoming restaurants to the staples that give the city its charm. You’ll also find your friends along the way and make new ones. Some of those friends might be human, some might be squirrels.


  1. Celebrating the Best Neighborhoods in BR. Mid City has so much to offer--and now there’s a parade that highlights all of the great things about our neighborhood. Mid City Gras wants to build an active community and highlight the importance of celebrating our diverse, lovely city. Getting everyone involved is what it’s all about.


Join Mid City on February 24 at 1 p.m. for the second annual throwdown. Along with the parade, Mid City Gras will be hosting its first ball February 2 at 7 p.m. at the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging’s Capital City Events Center, 6955 Florida Blvd.

For a full list of Baton Rouge Mardi Gras parades, including their schedules and routes, visit


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