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Alexandria Mardi Gras Association

4312 Heyman Lane

The Mardi Gras au Coeur de la Louisianne (Mardi Gras in the Heart of Central Louisiana) spirit has really taken hold of Central Louisiana since the first parade was held in 1994.

Alexandria's Mardi Gras has grown from a total of ten floats and participation of four Mardi Gras Krewes to twenty-four floats and 23 Mardi Gras Krewes. Parade attendance is now estimated at 120,000, and the Saturday morning Children's parade attendance in downtown Alexandria is estimated at 25,000.

The Alexandria Mardi Gras Association was begun in 1993 by a consortium of local business leaders, the Alexandria/Pineville Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Mardi Gras enthusiasts, the Association has continued its commitment of making Mardi Gras merriment without the hassle of the big city.

The 1993 Board of Directors and those instrumental in the creation of the Alexandria Mardi Gras event were Anne Fitzgerald, Mike Tudor, Fred Rosenfeld, Tom Hardin, Mike Hadnot, Bart Schmolke and Ann Johnson. Through AMGA's strategic management, Mardi Gras in the Heart of Louisiana has continued to expand and offer families the pomp and splendor of this Louisiana tradition in the safety of small-time city parades.


Marie Stawarz

Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018
One of the nicest visitor centers I have been to by far! Definitely a place to stop. They have an AMAZING selection of pamphlets, lots of seating, and outdoor trail, cool sculptures, and really clean bathrooms. I was pleasantly surprised. This would be a great place to stop for lunch or just to take a break.

crazy ._.

Friday, June 29, 2018
It is a great place to stop and take pictures. They have a gift shop and outside of the center there is a swamp structure; inside of it is a baby alligator and turtles. You can swim in the water right outside of center too! Inside the people are helpful and they have tons of flyers to show you what is what in Louisiana or what to do in Louisiana!

Mark Iwaasa

Monday, April 23, 2018
Visited in April, 2018. Very helpful people and lots of pamphlets for the area. If you ask at the from, they have state maps in a drawer. Free coffee and a small gift shop are on the center as well. A short walk outside will take you to a Louisiana sign and then an enclosure that has some small alligators to look at. Makes for a nice stop.

Michelle Radcliff

Saturday, June 30, 2018
This is a comfortable, clean visitor center to take a break, enrich yourself with the culture and enjoy the hospitality of the staff. Highly recommend it!

Michael Morningstar

Monday, April 30, 2018
Clean bathrooms, friendly staff and free coffee. Great place to stop and stretch. Unfortunately they do not have wifi which other Louisiana visitors centers do.

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