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Guide to Mardi Gras 2022 in Baton Rouge: See parade information, routes, more

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After last year’s brief hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, parades and revelry are making a comeback in south Louisiana for Carnival 2022.

With the passing of Twelfth Night on Jan. 6, krewe planning is revving up in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and across the Gulf Coast for Mardi Gras. This year is particularly special, marking the return of parades that were canceled in 2021 due to the pandemic.

Read on to find out more about the revelries happening in Baton Rouge in 2022.

Sunday, February 13

10:00 AM - CAAWS Mystic Krewe of Mutts

The Mystic Krewe of Mutts invites attendees to bring their dogs to this walking parade and celebrate all things puppy. This year’s theme is “Back in the Saddle.” The krewe parades around North Boulevard Town Square and celebrates with games, food and shopping.

Friday, February 18

7:00 PM - Krewe of Artemis

Baton Rouge’s only all-female krewe will begin and end its route at the Raising Cane’s River Center. The parade spans much of Downtown Baton Rouge and passes the State Capitol.

Saturday, February 19

12:00 PM - Krewe of Oshun

The Krewe of Oshun Parade & Festival debuted during the 2020 Carnival season as a way to enrich the economy and communities of North Baton Rouge. The festival will be held at BREC’s Scotlandville Parkway Conservation Park. The krewe will parade along Howell Boulevard.

2:00 PM - Krewe Mystique de la Capitale

This family-friendly parade begins and ends at the intersection of River Road and St. Philip Street, next to the Raising Cane’s River Center. The route traverses much of Downtown Baton Rouge.

6:30 PM - Krewe of Orion

With this year’s theme fittingly “Glad to be Back,” this parade features exciting floats pulled by tractors, marching bands, dance krewes and more. The route begins at the intersection of St. Phillip Street and River Road and ends at the Raising Cane’s River Center for the annual Masquerade.

Sunday, February 20

1:00 PM - Mid City Gras

Baton Rouge’s Mid-City Carnival krewe will march with a Back to the Future theme and with a community radio station as its Grand Marshall, 96.9 FM WHYR. The parade begins at the intersection of 19th Street and North Boulevard and ends at the intersection of North Boulevard and Foster Drive at the campus of Baton Rouge Community College.

Friday, February 25

7:00 PM - Krewe of Southdowns

The Krewe of Southdowns, led by the torch-bearing Southdowns Flambeaux, begins at Glasgow Middle School and weaves its way across Stanford Avenue to Cherrydale Avenue and ends at Perkins Road. The krewe is celebrating its 35th annual parade this year with a show tunes theme.

Saturday, February 26

12:00 PM - Mystic Krewe for the Preservation of Lagniappe in Louisiana (Spanish Town)

Baton Rouge’s raunchiest parade is back with a unique theme: “Porn Again Flamingos.” The parade begins in front of the State Capitol at the intersection of North 4th Street and Spanish Town Road, winds its way through the Spanish Town Historic District and ends at the intersection of River Road and North Street.

Aubry is a reporter, producer and operations assistant in Baton Rouge.