The weekend leading up to Mardi Gras is one of the most fun times of year in our extremely festive region, and area venues and establishments are making the most of it! Some of our favorite performers will come together in unexpected locations. Everyone will be reveling, and there are so many ways to celebrate. Before and after parades and runs are lots of shows where you can keep the party going. 


4/1: Jourdan Thibodeaux et les Rôdailleurs: The Blue Moon Saloon hosts young traditionalist Jourdan Thibodeaux, who sing original Cajun French music. His band, which just released its debut record on Valcour Records, is comprised of Cedric Watson on drums, Joel Savoy on guitar and more talented local musicians. If you’re looking for a classic and authentic parade after-party, this is it.

4/2: Cajun Breakfast Stout Release Cochon de Lait Party: Bayou Teche Brewery will release its latest concoction Saturday morning at 11 a.m. at its on site taproom. The Cajun Breakfast Stout was brewed by combining locally roasted Art’s Coffee Roasters organic coffee beans from Papua New Guinea with boudin and cane syrup. The new brew will be available on draft and in 12-ounce four-packs. In addition to the traditional pig roast, there will be live music from 2-5 p.m.

4/4: Faguetaique Lundi Gras Party: Mamou’s historic Holiday Lounge will kick off Tuesday’s run in Eunice with a party! The Daiquiri Queens, Kyle Huval and the Dixie Club Ramblers will start this early set at 7 p.m. with the Queens followed by Huval. This colorful Louisiana treasure is cash only and located at 289 Oberlin Road.

4/4: Whirlybird Mardi Gras: Join The Revelers with special guest Preston Frank this Lundi Gras for a new tradition! Opelousas’ Whirlybird will open its doors at 7 p.m. for a party with live music and farm-to-table food from Scratch Kitchen. The Revelers’ dance-y, Grammy-nominated tunes will be preceded by harpist Grant Dermody.

4/5: Downtown Crawlin’ Courir: For those of us who want the fun of the run but not the fun of driving to and from the country, Social Entertainment has a run of sorts in the heart of downtown Lafayette. The event will start Fat Tuesday right at 9 a.m. with pizza at Central. From there, crawlers, led by the Soul Express Brass Band, will make their way to The Greenroom, Legends and The Jefferson St. Pub while enjoying $2 specials on Urban South Brewery’s Paradise Park and Jim Beam black whiskey shots. The krewe will catch the Gabriel parade and end on a high note with an afterparty at the Wurst Biergarten with free jambalaya and a live performance from Durwood.