Festival Dates & Hours

The 2024 festival hours are Friday, April 26th 5-10PM, Saturday, April 27th 12-10PM and Sunday, April 28th 12-8PM. Times are subject to change without notice.

Festival Location

Blue Earth Plaza
315 South 3rd Street
Manhattan, Kansas 66502

Free Parking!

Free Street and Flat Parking area. GET DIRECTIONS

Rates may apply for downtown parking garage. For more information, please contact Manhattan Parking Services at (785) 340-3413.

Mardi Gras Parade

Krewe of MamaDeaux’s Little Apple Mardi Gras Parade will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2024 (cancelled) in Downtown MHK (Manhattan, Kansas).

The Parade will travel through the heart of downtown along Poyntz Avenue to 3rd Street, ending at the Manhattan Town Center Mall. Along the route you get an early peek at the Kansas Science Festival!

The parade will feature Zydeco, Swamp Pop and Marching Bands. Procession will include Bayou GatorCraw Fest's Official Mascots, Pasquale and Matoota, who will be tossing out goodies along the parade route to spectators.

Whether a participant or spectator, the Krewe of MamaDeaux's Little Apple Mardi Gras Parade is a festive and delightful experience for all!

Prizes will be awarded for: Best Club, Best Vehicle, and Best Costume.

If you are interested in joining the Parade as a participant, please CONTACT US.

Krewe of MamaDeaux’s Little Apple Mardi Gras Parade Map


Vaccination is NOT REQUIRED. Face masks will be required consistent with state, county, and city guidelines - this event is classified as an outdoor event. Guest will be responsible for ensuring social distancing during the event.

Your health and safety is our top priority, so we’ve worked to ensure your visit is fun and stress-free. Exposure to COVID-19 is an inherent risk in any public location where people are present; we cannot guarantee you will not be exposed during your visit. Guests should evaluate their risk in determining whether to attend. Bayou GatorCraw Fest makes no representations, warranties or guarantees, express or implied, regarding the implementation of health and safety-related procedures and protocols, all of which are subject to change.

We have strict cleaning and sanitizing procedures in place.

Attendees must agree to terms of entry which include the following:

  • No COVID-19 related symptoms in the past 72 hours.
  • No known positive COVID-19 exposures in the past 14 days.

While Bayou GatorCraw Fest looks forward to welcoming everyone to the property, Bayou GatorCraw Fest sincerely encourages all visitors to closely consider all current local, state and federal guidelines and all available public health information prior to visiting Bayou GatorCraw Fest.

Security Screening & Entry

For the safety of everyone entering the festival, all patrons are subject to a full and complete search prior to entry.

By purchasing a ticket, you agree to submit to a search before entry.

All bags will be searched before entry. Persons that refuse to comply with the search policy will be refused entry into the event.

Places to Stay

Manhattan, Kansas has a wide variety of accommodations to choose from for every traveler’s preference. Here is a list of some of the preferred places to stay during your visit that are in close proximity to the Bayou GatorCraw Fest. CLICK HERE.

Contact the Festival

For any and all questions, please feel free to CONTACT US.