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Published: February 2017
Celebrate 2017 Mardi Gras in the South  



With Fat Tuesday fast approaching, everyone's attention tends to turn to celebrations New Orleans and Louisiana. However, there are plenty of other places throughout the South that celebrate Mardi Gras in their own style as well.

From Soulard Mardi Gras in St. Louis, Missouri to Mardi Gras! Galveston  in Galveston, Texas to Fasnacht in Helvetia, West Virginia, laissez les bons temps rouler (let the good times roll)!


  • Fayetteville Mardi Gras  puts on the family-friendly Fat Saturday Parade of Fools on Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. For something a little more adult-oriented, join them for the Fat Tuesday Domardigraswntown that begins at 6 p.m. and includes the crowning of royalty.

  • Eureka Springs hosts a Costume Day Parade on Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. Led by the Krewe of Barkus, it features floats, bands, dancers and more.

  • Fort Smith is holding its inaugural Mardi Gras through Feb. 28 in downtown. The bulk of the events occur on Feb. 25 and include Mardi Gras Village for Kids, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fort Smith Mardi Gras Parade, 4 - 5 p.m., and Mardi Gras Bash (with live music entertainment), 5 p.m. - 1 a.m.


  • In Jefferson, Mardi Gras Upriver features three days of live music entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, and parades. The main parade is slated for Feb. 25 at 2 p.m., following a motorcycle parade that starts at 1:45 p.m.

  • Colorful, festive floats make their way down San Antonio's River Walk during the Bud Light Mardi Gras River Parade and Festival on Feb. 25. Live entertainment kicks off the day at 1 p.m., with the float parade at 4 p.m.

  • On Feb. 25 is Barefoot Mardi Gras in Corpus Christi. The one-day begins with the Barefoot Mardi Gras Parade at 11 a.m. There is something for all to enjoy at the Barefoot Mardi Gras Festival, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Southeast Texas Mardi Gras in Port Arthur kicks off on Feb. 23. The four-day event includes fun parades like the Golf Cart and ATV parade (Feb. 24, 7 p.m.), and the Umbrella Brigade Parade on Feb. 26, 2p.m.), a carnival, kids zone and more.



  • Alabama Gulf Coast celebrates in its laid-back style. Parades include the Mystical Order of Mirams Parade on Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. in Orange Beach, and the Kid and Pet Parade at The Wharf on Feb. 27 at 4 p.m., followed by a Float Parade at 6 p.m., also in Orange Beach. Join the party on Fat Tuesday at Lucy Buffett's Lulu's in Gulf Shores with Lulu's Mardi Gras Anniversary Celebration and Boat Parade on Feb. 28 at 10 a.m.

  • The Eastern Shore, which includes the cities of Daphne and Fairhope, celebrates Mardi Gras with various parades. Upcoming ones include the Krewe of Mullet Mates on Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. in Fairhope and the Loyal Order of the Fire Truck on Feb. 26 at 2:29 p.m. in Daphne.mobilemardigras3

  • As the site of the first Mardi Gras in the United States, Mobile takes the season seriously while having fun. It's here you can enjoy such traditions as the Goat Man Parade on Feb. 25 at 11 a.m., in Prichard, Joe Cain Procession on Feb. 26 at 2:30 p.m., on what's deemed as "Joe Cain Day" and the arrival of King Felix on Feb. 27 at noon.

  • In Auburn, Krewe de Tigris' Mardi Gras Parade is scheduled for Feb. 25 in the Entertainment District. Get ready to yell for beads as the parade rolls at 5 p.m.

  • Mardi Gras Huntsville's Grand Parade on Feb. 25 is all about the beads, floats and music. The parade begins at 4:30 p.m., so arrive early to get good spot along the route.



  •  Mardi Gras Tybee  starts at noon on Feb. 25. The one-day event is packed with fun for all ages. In addition to the parade at 2 p.m., there's live entertainment and a street party.

  • 23rd annual Mardi Gras Parade and Festival in downtown St. Marys begins early on Feb. 25 with a 5K slated for 7 a.m. The event includes artisans and food booths, and a parade that begins at 10 a.m.

South Carolina

  • It's all about having a good time at Columbia's Mardi Gras Columbia  on Feb. 25. The parade rolls at 11 a.m., but the fun can start at 8 a.m. with the Lagniappe 5k. If running isn't your thing, stay for the festival featuring a diverse line-up of live entertainment.

  • Move over Mardi Gras, it's FollyGras time in Folly Beach. The 10th annual FollyGras Parade & Street Festival is an all-day event on Feb. 25, and includes live entertainment, activities for all ages and more.

North Carolina

2017 Wake Forest Mardi Gras on Feb. 25 takes place in downtown Wake Forest. The line-up includes a chance for children to decorate a Mardi Gras mask (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.), live entertainment and various contests. The walking parade starts at 1 p.m.


  • All ages will find something to love about the downtown Culpeper Carnival. The all-day event on Feb. 25. In addition to specials at various shops and restaurants, there are scheduled, free magic shows at The Culpeper Center, and live history demonstrations and more at The Burgandine House.

photo credits: (top) personal collection, (top right) personal collection, (upper middle right) personal collection, (middle right )The Village of Baytowne Wharf's Mardi Gras Dog Parade in Miramar, Florida, photographer Sarah Lyn Photography, (lower right) Mardi Gras Tybee, courtesy of Visit Savannah