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The Association is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors consisting of thirty men and women representing various civic organizations and a number of service minded individuals from the community who have a common interest - “MARDI GRAS”.  

The association also produces and coordinates Le Festival de Mardi Gras a Lafayette at Cajun Field with carnival rides and games, a wide variety of live music, great Cajun food. The parades come right through the festival site so everyone can enjoy all Mardi Gras has to offer at one convenient location.

The Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association serves as a liaison between agencies of the Lafayette Consolidated Government, the Lafayette Sheriff’s Department, and other public bodies and all Krewes that are under the SWLAMGA umbrella in coordinating their needs.

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Upcoming Mardi Gras Dates
2020-February 25 2022-March 1
2021-February 16 2023-February 21
  2024-February 13

If you have plans to celebrate Mardi Gras in Lafayette or the surrounding areas, KATC has a great way to track them.

It's become the go-to source for all the sights, sounds, delays and happenings on the Lafayette Mardi Gras parade route.

Just head over to the KATC Float Finders Facebook page to get started.

There, give them a like and follow to receive updates on when the parades start rolling, when they've stopped, and who's out and about along the route.

To be featured on the Float Finders page, or any KATC social media platform, look for a KATC car or one of their walking float finder participants.





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