Despite what you may have heard, Mardi Gras is for families. Along with good, clean fun on the St. Charles parade route, families flock to Family Gras in Metairie, just ten minutes from the French Quarter. Young and old alike enjoy the grand spectacle of evening Mardi Gras parades, including the Krewe of Excalibur on Friday, the Krewe of Caesar on Saturday, and the Krewe of Kings on Sunday.
In addition to the parades, there's the Flambeau Food Court, serving up Carnival favorites, including jambalaya, muffulettas, pizza, gator-on-a-stick and bread pudding and king cake for dessert! The Art Market features great local art. Plus, there's a Kids' Court with face painting, unique hand-wax art and games for kids 12 and under.
One of the big draws of Family Gras are the free outdoor concerts. Past lineups have included national and local stars like Taylor Swift, Cyndi Lauper, The Beach Boys, Cowboy Mouth, Blood Sweat & Tears, Wilson Phillips, Montgomery Gentry and Amanda Shaw.
Please note: In past years, Family Gras has taken place at Mardi Gras Plaza on the neutral ground across from Lakeside Shopping Center on Veterans Memorial Highway, but there's talk that that may change in 2019. Family Gras 2019 is February 22-24. Please check back here for updates.