Your Guide to Carnival Season in Lafaye tte, Louisiana and the Acadiana area
Lafayette's Mardi Gras Indians
Within walking distance to downtown Lafayette, folks celebrate another form of Carnival on Fat Tuesday. Replicating the famous Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans, Lafayette has its own Indian groups, like tribes, representing different neighborhoods.
Since their appearance in the 1950s, our Indians have their own Lafayette style of costume-making and celebrating. The best opportunities to see Lafayette's Mardi Gras Indians on Fat Tuesday are at 1 pm at "Pontiac Point" (the corner of Simcoe and Surrey Streets) and later that day at 5 pm at Clark Field at the increasingly popular Mardi Gras Show. Some of Lafayette's best known Indian groups are from these neighborhoods: Cropperville, Fightingville, McComb-Veazey, Wine Alley and the Zip. To read more about Mardi Gras Indians, click here.