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The Big E Mardi Gras Parade, which was introduced in 2000, returns to The Big E with eight custom-made floats specially designed and built by the Kern Companies of New Orleans: the Boeuf Gras (Fatted Calf); Island Party; Caribbean Carnival; Carnival in Rio; Carneval di Venice; Mardi Gras New Orleans; and our African-themed and Patriotic floats! Marching bands, Big E contingents, animals and more strut their stuff in The Big E Grande Parade.


Want to take part in the festivities? For just $10 a person, the whole family can join in on the fun and become part of The Big E Mardi Gras tradition atop a custom-made float. Check here for 2014 float ride ticket availability.


Watch The Big E Mardi Gras Parade 3-Minute Mile!!


Parade Schedule (tentative schedule)
Mardi Gras Parade, sponsored by Mohegan Sun

Opening Day, 5 p.m. (with Daily Parade)
Monday-Friday, 8 p.m.;

Saturday & Sunday (with Daily Parade), 5 p.m.


Swing to a New Orleans Beat!

Every day is like Fat Tuesday! The parade route transforms the Fair into The Big Easy with music, flashing lights and authentic Mardi Gras floats, as costumed revelers toss beads toward onlookers. You can’t help but want to dance in the streets along the route. Catch the lucky string of beads & win a prize!

Daily Parade - 5 p.m. - Big E contingents, animals, marching bands & more.

BiggiE, the Fair’s mascot, leads a daily parade through the byways of The Big E that features bands, marching units, various animals, the Hallamore Clydesdales and much more. It’s a classic American event!

Grande Mardi Gras Parade - Saturday & Sunday at 5 p.m. - Big E contingents, animals, bands & Mardi Gras Floats.



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