Enjoy blue skies and moon pies during our annual Mardi Gras celebration! Family friendly parades with colorful floats begin rolling down Bienville Boulevard with the Krewe de la Dauphine January 21, 2023 at 1pm. The following Saturday, The People’s Parade will take to the streets and bring more festive fun at 1pm on January 28th! Later, on February 4th, the adorable fuzzy four paw parade of The Mystic Krewe of Salty Paws will be coming through at 10am. You may even leave with a new companion as this parade doubles as an adoption event for rescue pets! To conclude the Dauphin Island Mardi Gras season on February 5th, don’t miss the traditional Historic costume parade by the Massacre Island Secret Society at 6:30pm.
Dauphin Island parade goers should arrive early to secure a parking spot along the parade route that follows Bienville Boulevard from the east end of Bienville to just past the 1500 block of Bienville on the Islands west end. Here are a few Town of Dauphin Island parade etiquette rules to remember for 2023: You’re not supposed to reserve a parking space before sunrise on the day of the event, and you can’t mark off your turf with rope or tape boundaries. Once you’ve claimed space with parked vehicles, lawn chairs or canopies, at least one member of the party must remain on the scene. Sites should be fully cleaned up immediately after the parade.
There will be many parade attendees from the mainland coming to join the fun. We will have vendors on the Island with fun keepsakes, beads and silly hats for all ages! The fun begins long before the parade arrives with families of all ages enjoying time together socializing in our warm and sunny community atmosphere with tailgating and cook outs! Take time to enjoy the day with local parade goers and maybe even bring a blanket, pack a picnic, and settle down for a nice lunch while you wait for the parade to begin. There will be lots of excitement and frivolity, along with fantastic Mardi Gras beads and throws to catch as you enjoy a great view of the Dauphin Island parades that kick off the Gulf Coast Mardi Gras season!
After the last moon pie is thrown on Dauphin Island, the Mardi Gras season continues in nearby Mobile, AL with parades rolling downtown through the final day of Mardi Gras, known as “Fat Tuesday” on February 21, 2023. See AL.com’s website for the full Gulf Coast Mardi Gras Parade Schedule, including adult only events and more!