Several people dressed in Mardi Gras costume and jewelry
Beaufort's Mardi Gras Celebration, February 10 & 11

Mardi Gras on Middle Lane & Front Street

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. After going to Beaufort’s Mardi Gras Celebration, you’ll understand why Beaufort was named to the list of “America’s Quirkiest Towns” by Travel + Leisure magazine. Free admission.

New 2023 Parade Route: the parade will start on Craven Street and head South – turn right on Front Street – turn right on Turner Street – then, right on Middle Lane – ending at Craven Street.
Music will be provided by Boom Unit Brass Band, a 10-piece brass band from the Triangle.
Beaufort’s Mardi Gras Celebration Mardi Gras is presented by Beaufort Business Association, in conjunction with Front Street and Middle Lane businesses.
For more information about this event contact Liz Kopf at lizkopf@gmail.com or 252-728-7108 for more details.

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.”

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Event Details

  • Date & Time: Parade: February 11, 2023, 1 – 5 p.m. The parade starts at 3 p.m. sharp.
  • Location: Front Street and Middle Lane (located behind Front Street)
  • Distance from Hotel: 2.5 miles (8-minute drive)