Mardi Gras in the Mountains

February 27-March 4, 2014 - An ever increasing number of Cajuns and Creoles have fled the overgrown chaos of other locales in order to come to this quaint community for a much more intimate celebration. But make no mistake: Red River knows how to celebrate Mardi Gras! Nothing is left out.

The week is filled with costume balls, bead tossing, singing and dancing, Cajun and Creole gourmet delights, parades, kids costume contest, cajun cook-off, burning of the wild Tchoupitoulas, crawfish boils, downhill gator race, and more!

Click here for the 2014 Mardi Gras in the Mountains event schedule.

Stay Free During Mardi Gras
For over twenty five years Red River has been throwing the best Mardi Gras party this side of the bayou, complete with colorful costume balls, crawfish boils, krewes, parades, and festive Cajun and Zydeco music. This year is no different with over fifty exciting events and activities taking place during the six day festival. Make the most of your Mardi Gras trip with a FREE night of lodging  when you check in at a participating hotel, lodge, cabin, or condo. See all of our great lodging deals at

Join the Party
Any vacation is more fun when you get involved. Just ask the Kowboy Krewe, pictured here. This fun loving group from Texas and Kansas has been participating in Mardi Gras officially for the past three years. They have a float in the parade, dress up for the balls, and spread Mardi Gras fever on the slopes. You don't need much to start your own krewe... just a couple of fun lovin' friends, a catchy name, and the desire to let the good times roll! Email us for your complimentary krewe starter kit!


Mardi Gras in the Mountains Highlights
2014 Theme: "Rednecks & Royalty"
Red River is thrilled to welcome back Forest Huval and Bon Temps as our featured entertainment. Straight from Louisiana, this group of fun loving Cajuns will be playing at venues all over Red River during Mardi Gras. Catch them at the main chalet during the day, costume balls at night, and on the slopes in between!

Thursday night we kickoff Mardi Gras with the Krewe Krawl and Burning of the Wild Tchoupitoula at the Motherlode Saloon. Grab your friends & join in the parade as we  walk the Tchopitoula down Main Street to his final destination. Upon arrival at the Motherlode, write your bad "ju-ju" and negative thoughts on pieces of paper then throw them into the fire as we burn a representation of the fictional Tchoupitoula.

Saturday afternoon make plans to be on Main Street for the annual Mardi Gras parade. Beads, candy, and goodies are tossed along the one mile parade route as Red River's krewes & businesses compete for recognition and your affection.  In honor of our 2014 Mardi Gras theme, "Rednecks and Royalty," we've added an "Ugly Truck" category. Dust off your clunkers and haul 'em up to Red River. Bonus points if you can find a granny to ride in the back!

Saturday evening brings another famous Red River parade, the Torchlight Parade & Fireworks, followed by Ed Iver's Bonfire, both at the Lift House. This all leads up to the Grand Ball at the Red River Conference Center, complete with Cajun music, the costume contest, and more!

Sunday, bring your children to the Black Mountain Playhouse  for the Children's Ball, hosted by the Krewe des Jeunes (Krewe of Youth in French). Red River's youngest krewe invites kids of all ages for music, candy, pizza, roller skating, and games. Costumes encouraged!

It's worth staying until Fat Tuesday for the Cajun Cook-off at the Black Diamond Grill. You're invited to participate or just sample different bayou-inspired dishes as Cajun aficionados compete for bragging rights and prizes. 


Contact the Chamber of Commerce for more details
Located in the Conference Center, 101 W. River St, Red River, NM 87558
Telephone: (575) 754-2366
Fax: (575) 754-3104

  • Mardi Gras in the Mountains (Ron Weathers)

  • Mardi Gras in the Mountains (Ron Weathers)

  • Mardi Gras in the Mountains (Ron Weathers)

  • Burning of the Wild Tchopitoulas (Sarah Dorrance)