No parades? No problem! Mardi Gras may look pretty different this year, but Louisiana always finds a way to keep the festivities going. Whether you’re celebrating from home or want to treat yourself to a staycation, there are plenty of ways to have Fat Tuesday fun in the Capital City.
Enjoy a Virtual or Drive-Thru Parade
The Capital Area Animal Welfare Society is back again this year with the Mystic Krewe of Mutts Parade—but this time it’s going virtual! Tune in to the CAAWS YouTube channel on Saturday, Feb. 13 at noon to experience a bark-tacular time. This year’s theme is “There’s No Place Like Home.”
Mid-City Gras is taking the drive-thru approach with its Reverse MASKParade on Saturday, Feb. 7. All over Mid City, residents are forming “krewes'' and decorating their homes in the style of floats. All are welcome to drive around Mid City and seek out the participating houses. Find a parade map at midcitygras.org.
Organize a King Cake Tasting
Baton Rouge is filled to the brim with delectable king cakes waiting to be taken home. From traditional flavors like cinnamon and cream cheese extravagantly filled or boozy flavors, you can spend Fat Tuesday following our King Cake Map throughout the Baton Rouge area or collect them all and bring them home for a tasting with the whole family.
Have Some Fun with Flamingos
You may not be able to enjoy Spanish Town Parade the traditional way this year, but you’re sure to find plenty of hot pink flamingos on display across the Capital Area. Symbolizing Spanish Town’s uniqueness and sense of community, the parade krewe typically selects one winter morning to place a group of flamingos (collectively, a “flamboyance”) in the LSU Lakes and announce the start of the Mardi Gras season. Baton Rougeans far and wide have been known to flock, swim or paddle to the drop site in order to take one home. As you look for these elusive birds around Baton Rouge, share photos of your flamingo finds with us in the comments below!
Can’t get enough of these bright pink birds? With the help of the Baton Rouge Zoo, you can continue your celebration of Spanish Town’s mascot and send a Cameo featuring the Zoo’s real flamingos to family and friends!
Make Your Home a Mardi Gras Destination
Since you can’t go to a parade, bring the parade to you! With a little help from your favorite local crafting and party supply stores, as well as Mardi Gras supply stores like Carnival Mart, you can dress up your home as the ultimate house float. Make the season even more memorable by creating a homemade king cake. Follow Holly Clegg’s King Cake recipe from home or try your hand at a Louisiana Culinary Institute Leisure Class. LCI is currently offering a Mardi Gras Cookie Decorating Class on Thursday, Feb. 4 and a King Cakes Class on Thursday, Feb. 11.