Several people dressed in Mardi Gras costume and jewelry
Beaufort Mardi Gras on Middle Lane

Beaufort Mardi Gras on Middle Lane

Middle Lane is home to Beaufort’s annual Mardi Gras celebration, the highlight of which is arguably the shortest parade in North Carolina. It’s a true display of Beaufort’s quirkiness. The parade of “krewes” in costume tossing jewelry and charms is not to be missed. The Sweet Potato Queens (a group of women, aged 40-70) who dress in elaborate costumes and perform choreographed routines are always a festive group in the parade. Enjoy an afternoon street carnival filled with Cajun food and music! Bring the kids along for the face painting and mask making experience under the tents. Mardi Gras on Middle Lane is presented by Beaufort Development Association and Middle Lane businesses. After going to Mardi Gras on Middle Lane, you’ll understand why Beaufort was named to the list of “America’s Quirkiest Towns” by Travel + Leisure magazine. Free admission.

Locals Recommend

“Arguably the shortest parade in North Carolina, the ‘parade of krewes’ featuring the Sweet Potato Queens is a sight you’ll remember. If you arrive after 3 p.m. you’ll miss the parade.”

Event Details

  • Date & Time: Saturday, February 26, 2022, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. The parade starts at 3 p.m. sharp.
  • Location: Middle Lane (located behind Front Street)
  • Distance from Hotel: 2.5 miles (8-minute drive)