Mardi Gras in the Mountains

February 4-9, 2016 - 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!

Start planning your costumes - the 2016 Mardi Gras theme will be "The Roaring 20's."

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 on a Sunday or Monday at a participating hotel, lodge, cabin, or condo. Stay tuned for a list of participating lodges for the 2016 event. 

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! 

Find information on krewes and spnosors at 

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)