Maryland’s Longest Running Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Parade Adds More Festivities to Turn Havre de Grace into the French Quarter

From the City of Havre de Grace Office of Tourism:

Havre de Grace Restaurant week begins February 25 and runs until March 4th, with over 35 organizations creating new delicacies to rival the French Quarter in New Orleans. Specials will grace the menus of Bayou, Coakley’s Pub, Laurrapin Grille, Macgregor’s Restaurant, Tidewater Grille, and the Vandiver Inn.

In the spirit of an authentic New Orleans Style, the Bulle Rock Residents have partnered with the Havre de Grace Opera House Foundation to put on the 1st Annual MasquerAid Ball, with all proceeds to benefit the renovation of the Opera House. Tickets are selling at the Havre de Grace Visitor Center located at 450 Pennington Ave and online at
Monday March 3rd, the Vandiver will be a holding Mardi Gras themed “Fat Monday Supper Club” where you can enjoy Lily’s Famous Gumbo, Spicy Shrimp, Cheesy Grits, Potato Salad, and Bananas Foster. More information at

On Tuesday March 4th at 6:30 pm Havre de Grace welcomes visitors and locals to celebrate Maryland’s best Mardi Gras Parade along Bourbon Street sponsored by the City of Havre de Grace and Havre de Grace Recreation Committee to benefit our community. The Havre de Grace Mardi Gras Parade will culminate with a festive Main Street procession at 6:30 pm on Fat Tuesday (March 4th) where procession watchers will enjoy floats, costumed characters and a feast of beads for their evening of festivities. The Methodist Church on Congress Ave will be hosting a traditional Shrove (Fat) Tuesday dinner prior to the parade from 5pm – 7pm.

Parade Floats will be constructed by local businesses and artisans and the parade will proceed from Bourbon Street, Washington Street, and onto St. John Street. Havre de Grace embraces French culture with a grand week of celebration. “It is amazing to see time and creativity that is put into the floats. They get better each year with many surprises for all to enjoy,” stated Brigitte Peters, Marketing and Tourism Manger for the City of Havre de Grace. Post-procession parties will be held at various restaurants and bars around town where party goers can kick off the night with many specials, music, and more.

Mardi Gras week is a great time book your stay at one of our lovely historic Bed and Breakfasts. Havre de Grace is “Where it Happens” for a festive family friendly week. For more information go to www.hdgtourism .com. Or call 1-800-851-7756 to get your guide to all of Havre de Grace’s events.


  1. none says

    Interesting. I remember when Havre de Grace officials didn’t support the parade and Dan ran it anyway.