2024 City of Thibodaux Mardi Gras Parade Routes & Safety Tips

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As we prepare for the 2024 Mardi Gras, Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue has some important information to share with our community partners about this year’s Mardi Gras parades.

Krewe of Shaka – 2-4-24 at 12:30 p.m.

Krewe of Ambrosia – 2-4-24 at 2:00 p.m.

Krewe of Cleophas – 2-11-24 at 12:30 p.m.

Krewe of Chronos – 2-11-24 at 2:00 p.m. (Immediately Following Cleophas)

Krewe of Ghana – 2-13-24 at 1:00 p.m. (Fat Tuesday)

The Krewe’s of Shaka, Ambrosia, Cleophas & Chronos will all start and end at Nicholls State University. Parades will start on Audubon Ave. at Afton St. proceeding north. Turn left onto Menard St. headed west. Turn right onto Canal Blvd. headed north until W.2nd St., then turn left onto W.2nd St. Proceed onto La.1 to Jackson St. South on Jackson St. Turn left onto W. 9th St headed east to Canal Blvd. Turn left on Canal Blvd. then right onto E. 7th St headed east. Turn right onto Bayou Ln. traveling south and continue to N. Acadia Rd. Turn left onto N. Acadia Rd. and continue east to Audubon Ave. At Audubon Ave. turn left and continue north to Nichols State University ending at John L. Guidry Stadium.

Total Distance- 3.8 miles

The Krewe of Ghana will start on Iris St. @M.L.K. Park west to Rock St. Turn left on Rock St., then right on School St. School St. to Canal Blvd., then right and immediately onto St. Charles St. headed north. Turn left on Menard St. to Canal Blvd. then right up to W.2nd St. Turn left on W.2nd St. headed west to La. 1. La 1. To Jackson St., then left south on Jackson St. Turn left onto W. 9th St. and continue east to Canal Blvd. Turn left onto Canal Blvd. and continue to E. 7th St. Once on E. 7th St., turn right onto St. Charles St. and travel south to Gerald T. Peltier. At Gerald T. Peltier turn left and continue east to S. Acadia Rd. Parade will disperse at M.L.K. Blvd.

Like years past, Peltier Park will be open and the public is highly encouraged to take advantage of this family oriented area. We would like to remind our community partners that campers will be limited to parking lots only on Peltier Park Property/Grounds. In addition, glass containers will not be allowed on any City Property along the parade route, including Peltier Park and all City Property that boards it. For further direction on glass containers related to the parade route inside the City Limits of Thibodaux, the City Ordinance pertaining to this section is attached.

  •  Sec. 4-47. – Glass containers.

It shall be unlawful for any person to use or possess any type of glass container within a distance of five hundred (500) feet of a carnival parade route, two (2) hours prior, during, and one (1) hour following a carnival parade. This section excludes businesses, private residences, and private property that are not burdened with a public right-of-way, located within this defined area.

(Ord. No. 2163, 9-2-03)

Cleanup of all trash and/or food and seafood is expected. Garbage containers will be placed throughout the route and are expected to be used not only at Peltier Park, but also on the entire route.

We would like to remind our community partners to only park in designated areas throughout the route. There will be marked “NO PARKING” signs displayed along the entire route. We also ask all parade goers to lock their vehicles and remove all valuables when leaving their vehicle unattended.

We remind parents and adults to monitor their children closely. If something falls short of the barricade, do not put a child or yourself over the barricade to try to approach a moving float.

The Thibodaux Police Department will be assisted by other Law Enforcement Agencies during this Mardi Gras season, to help with logistical and safety measures. If alcohol is in your plans, please be sure to designate someone who is sober to be the designated driver. With assistance from numerous outside Agencies, Chief Bryan Zeringue assures the public that we will be utilizing every asset available to cover traffic points, bicycle patrol and floating perimeter units.

Underage drinking will be strictly enforced along the route and at the after parties. Remember, glass containers are prohibited along the parade route and on all City Streets and City right-of-ways.

Pedestrians will be allowed to gather on the median of Canal Boulevard, but no vehicles will be allowed to be parked there. No vendors will be allowed on City Streets and City right-of-ways. Lafourche Parish School Board Property will be closed and fenced off to prohibit parking, loitering and/or gathering of pedestrians per their request.

Safety Tips:

  • DON’T park along the posted routes, in front of driveways, fire hydrants, or anywhere you would not normally be allowed to park. And be sure to lock your vehicle!
  • Keep your children close, and don’t let them wander off. Be sure that they know to stay behind the parade barricades.
  • Remember, the Neutral Ground (median) is public property, and it is illegal to block off areas for private use.
  • Glass containers are prohibited along parade routes.
  • Don’t ever try to rush out into the middle of the parade route to grab beads.
  • Travel together, communicate where you are going, and try to designate a meeting spot with friends and family.

Chief Zeringue encourages all parade goers to enjoy the festivities, but utilize all safety precautions. Lock your vehicles and hide and/or remove valuables from plain view. Watch for pedestrians, cyclists, and other motorists. Don’t let anyone who is impaired drive or walk alone.

Chief Zeringue and the Thibodaux Police Department wishes everyone a safe and Happy Mardi Gras Season!