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  • With the help of concerned citizens and many local charity organizations, Mardi Gras krewes in Houma, LA recycle a large number of their beads and throws each year. This is a major benefit to the environment given that each individual Mardi Gras float may dispense tens of thousands of beads and other throws during a single parade.

 

 

 

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Mardi Gras 2016 is Tuesday, February 9th


Houma's Parades, Krewes & Mardi Gras Calendar

Benevolent and public-minded krewe organizations are the heart and soul of most public Mardi Gras celebrations, and Houma is no exception. Boasting more than a dozen parades each year, Houma is the second largest Mardi Gras celebration Louisiana. During the days leading up to Mardi Gras, there may be multiple krewe-sponsored parades/events every day (midday, afternoon, and evening).

Each parade is filled with colorful floats, marching bands, cars, trucks, service organizations, costumed performers, and krewe members throwing literally tens of thousands of beads, coins, balls, novelties, and other throws.

In Houma, many locals gather throws during Mardi Gras and then gift them to their favorite charities, who in turn sell them back to local krewes for use in the next year’s Mardi Gras. In this way, money is earned for local charities, and beads get recycled, reducing the need to manufacture more beads.

Crowds gather all along Houma's multiple parade routes to witness the spectacle and catch as many throws as possible. But if you are willing to pay a nominal entrance fee, the balcony at Mahoney’s Bar is centrally located and an excellent vantage point to watch the parades along the Westside Route.


Houma, Louisiana's 2016 Mardi Gras Calendar

1st Weekend

Friday, January 29, 2016
6.00pm
Krewe of Hercules

West Side Route - Bayou Gardens Blvd. to Town Hall on Barrow Street Houma, LA

For more information: (985) 876-5877.


Saturday, January 30, 2016
Time: TBD
SOUPer Bowl

Location: TBD

The SOUPer Bowl is a soup, chili, and gumbo cook-off. Local companies compete for one-of-a-kind trophies and bragging rights for the best dish.

All proceeds go to help United Way for South Louisiana’s 26 member agencies in Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Mary, and Assumption Parishes.

Contact 985.879.2461 or www.uwsla.com for more details.


12.00pm
Krewe of Tee Caillou in Chauvin

Houma, LA
(Begins at Chauvin Swimming Pool, 108 South Rec. 7 Ct. in Chauvin going up on Hwy 56 and ending at Marty J’S Truck Stop, 494 Hwy. 56 in Chauvin, LA - south of oOuma)

Mardi Gras Parade. For more information, call (985) 226-0049.


6.30pm
Krewe of Aquarius Parade

Houma, LA
(Westside Route- Bayou Gardens Blvd to Town Hall on Barrow Street.)

Mardi Gras Parade. For more information, call (985) 532-6236.


Sunday, January 31, 2016
12.00pm
Krewe of Hyacinthians Parade

Houma, LA
(Westside Route- Bayou Gardens Blvd to Town Hall on Barrow Street.)

The Krewe of Hyacinthians is the oldest female carnival organization in Terrebonne Parish. The krewe has been celebrating and parading for over 64 years/ It is the only daytime all-female parade with 375 members. The parade starts at noon, follows the west side route through Houma. The parade is free to the public.
For more information: www.hyacinthians.org or (985) 856-4750.


Time: following Krewe of Hyacinthians
Krewe of Titans Parade

Houma, LA
(Westside Route- Bayou Gardens Blvd to Town Hall on Barrow Street.)

For more information: (985) 226-4854 or (985) 851-0357.




2nd Weekend

Friday, February 5, 2016
6.30pm
Krewe of Aphrodite Parade
Houma, LA
(Westside Route- Bayou Gardens Blvd to Town Hall on Barrow Street.)

For more information: (985) 879-3269.


Saturday, February 6, 2016
6.30pm
Krewe of Mardi Gras Parade

Houma, LA

(East Side Route - Begins at James Road on Grand Caillou Road (Hwy 57).

For more information: (985) 872-0444.


Sunday, February 7, 2016
12.30pm
Krewe of Terreanians Parade

Houma, LA
(Westside Route- Bayou Gardens Blvd to Town Hall on Barrow Street.)

For more information: (985) 851-6026


2.00pm
Krewe of Montegut Parade

Houma, LA
(Begins and ends at 107 Recreation Drive in Montegut, LA)

Sponsored by Montegut Children’s Carnival Club. Features ten floats where only children ride. They have a band and boy scouts in the parade.  Maids and Dukes ride one float and past royalty ride in back of trucks.
For more information: (985) 594-6862.


Monday, February 8, 2016
6.30pm
Krewe of Cleopatra Parade

Houma, LA
(Westside Route- Bayou Gardens Blvd to Town Hall on Barrow Street.)

Mardi Gras Parade that features 22 floats (21 double decker floats) with over 600 riders.
For more information: (985) 876-5394.





MARDI GRAS DAY

FAT TUESDAY, February 9, 2016

11.00am
Krewe of Houmas Parade
Houma, LA
(Westside Route- Bayou Gardens Blvd to Town Hall on Barrow Street.)

Mardi Gras parade featuring floats with riders throwing specialty beads, doubloons, cups and novelties. Also features local bands and marching units.
For more information: (985) 868-3806


Time: following Krewe of Houmas
Krewe of Kajuns Parade

Houma, LA
(Westside Route- Bayou Gardens Blvd. to Town Hall on Barrow Street.)

A Mardi Gras krewe with its purpose of bringing together family and friends to celebrate the merriment of the Mardi Gras season year round with emphasis on Mardi Gras Day. The krewe will parade on decorated floats and independent floats through the streets of downtown Houma. In keeping with the “Kajun” tradition, the krewe throws the “wooden nickels.”

For more information: (985)855-7659.


4.00pm
Krewe of Bonne Terre Parade

Houma, LA
(Rolls down Highway 55 in Montegut, LA -just south of Houma)

For more information: (985) 594-7578.



Houma Mardi Gras calendar information provided by the Houma Convention & Visitors Bureau.




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