BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The 2023 Mardi Gras season in Baton Rouge kicks off in early February.

The first Baton Rouge Mardi Gras parade in 1941 was sponsored by two African American clubs, according to an East Baton Rouge Parish Library blog post written by archivist Emily Ward. But a second Mardi Gras parade in the city that has been confused for being the first happened in 1949, Ward wrote. The parade’s theme was “Mother Goose’s Nursery Rhymes” and rolled with 33 floats.

She noted that before Mardi Gras parades in Baton Rouge became a yearly tradition, residents’ options were to go to see the big parades in New Orleans or go to smaller ones in New Roads or Lafayette.

Here’s where and when to find 2023 Mardi Gras parades in Baton Rouge.

Saturday, Feb. 4: Krewe of Oshun

The Krewe of Oshun will be rolling through North Baton Rouge for the third year. The parade begins at 12 p.m. with a festival kicking off at 2 p.m.

The krewe is looking for bands, dance teams, schools, social clubs, businesses, nonprofits, entertainers and more to join. To sign up to join the krewe, email kreweofoshun@nbrnow.org or click here.

Sunday, Feb. 5: CAAWS Mystic Krewe of Mutts

Furry four-legged friends are the stars of the Mystic Krewe of Mutts hosted by the Capital Area Animal Welfare Society (CAAWS). It’s the biggest fundraising event of the year for the Baton Rouge nonprofit. All proceeds go to CAAWS’ spay/neuter programs.

CAAWS says the parade theme for 2023 is “Jurassic Bark: An Adventure 43 Years in the Making.”

Festivities include music, vendors, food trucks and a dog costume contest before the parade rolls through downtown Baton Rouge.

Mystic Krewe of Mutts parade schedule:

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Bark in the Park in North Boulevard Town Square
  • 11 a.m.: Baton Rouge Police Department K-9 demonstration on Galvez Plaza stage
  • 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.: Dog costume contest on Galvez Plaza stage
  • 1:30 p.m.: Parade lineup along North Boulevard
  • 2 p.m.: Parade rolls

Friday, Feb. 10: Krewe of Artemis

Founded in 2001, Krewe of Artemis is Baton Rouge’s all-female Mardi Gras krewe. Among its many parade throws, this krewe’s signature throw is a high-heeled shoe.

The parade will roll in downtown Baton Rouge at 7 p.m.

Krewe of Artemis parade route:

Courtesy of Krewe of Artemis

Saturday, Feb. 11: Krewe Mystique de la Capitale

One of Baton Rouge’s oldest krewes, Krewe of Mystique, first started in 1977. For 2023, the parade will roll starting at 2 p.m. at River Road and Government Street.

To learn about joining this krewe, click here.

Saturday, Feb. 11: Krewe of Orion

Krewe of Orion’s theme for 2023 is “In Our Wildest Dreams.” This Baton Rouge krewe’s signature throw is a football. Other popular throws are cups, plush items, doubloons, lighted throws and beads.

The parade will roll in downtown Baton Rouge at 6:30 p.m. starting at River Road by the Raising Cane’s River Center.

To learn about joining this krewe, click here.

Sunday, Feb. 12: Mid City Gras

This Mid City Baton Rouge Mardi Gras parade prides itself on bringing the community together. The theme for 2023 is “Squirrels Just Wanna Have Fun!” 

The parade will roll at 1 p.m. down North Boulevard.

Friday, Feb. 17: Krewe of Southdowns

The 36th annual Krewe of Southdowns Mardi Gras parade starts at 7 p.m. The krewe says the parade will roll “rain or shine.”

Organizers ask attendees to avoid parking on the parade route.

Krewe of Southdowns parade route:

Courtesy of Krewe of Southdowns

Saturday, Feb. 18: Krewe of Spanish Town

Ditch traditional Mardi Gras colors and put on your best pink outfit for the Spanish Town Mardi Gras parade. This Baton Rouge Mardi Gras parade rolls through one of the oldest neighborhoods in the Red Stick.

Last year, the parade theme ruffled feathers after some said it was too inappropriate. For 2023, the parade theme is “Man I Love Flamingos.”

Floats start rolling at 12 p.m. on Spanish Town Road and finish on the corner of River Road and North Street.