The Algiers Mardi Gras Festival is a free, festive, family-friendly event held on the first Saturday in February. Get into the Mardi Gras spirit with a community parade, food, and lots of music. A community parade kicks off the event at 9 a.m. honoring this year's Grand Marshal. The parade will feature local Algiers schools marching bands, cultural groups, and dance groups. The parade starts at Lamarque Street and L.B. Landry Avenue, then turns right on Newton Street/General Meyers then a left into the Federal City Grounds.
The festival is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and also includes a cookout competition between the students of University of Holy Cross Food Science Department and Delgado Community College Culinary students.
Proceeds from sales at the event are awarded to local schools to enhance cultural education. The festival poster is also selected from local high school students’ submissions. The winner receives grant contributions towards continuing education.