2019 SCHEDULE: Jan. 16: Royal Reveal, Freighthouse  Feb. 16: Costume Ball, Radisson;  Mar. 5: Fat Tuesday, Legends 

Welcome to Coulee Region Mardi Gras

Rex XXVII, Rick Wilson and his Queen Robin

NEW IN 2019ROYAL REVEAL – January 16, 2019, Wednesday, at the Freighthouse Hiawatha Room, from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.  Enjoy free beer and hors d’oeuvres in anticipation of the revelation of Rex and Queen XXVIII for the upcoming Mardi Gras season! Stay and dine with the new royalty at 7:00 pm (at your expense). Costumes optional but encouraged.

ALL ARE WELCOME!  Admission $10 at-the-door ONLY, no advance tickets. 


The 2019 Mardi Gras Ball is Saturday, February 16, 2019,  from 4:30 pm – midnight at the Radisson Ballroom.  Join the newly crowned Rex and Queen for a night of frivolity, cavorting and supporting Aquinas Catholic Schools. Enjoy dinner, dancing, the Student Art Auction, Decadent Dessert Auction, raffle and more!

What is Coulee Region Mardi Gras?

Coulee Region Mardi Gras is a family-oriented celebration uniting the families of La Crosse and surrounding communities in fun, food, and fellowship for a good cause. Since 1991, Mardi Gras has helped provide tuition assistance plus supports technology development and fine arts at Aquinas Catholic Schools (ACS).

Mardi Gras Ball

As with the Mardi Gras festivals in Louisiana, Coulee Region Mardi Gras is centered around a Rex and Queen and their faithful “Krewes of Carnivale,” each represented by a Lord and Lady. There is one krewe for each of the local Catholic parishes involved in ACS: Blessed Sacrament, Cathedral, Holy Trinity, Mary, Mother of the Church, Roncalli Newman Center and St. Patrick’s. These krewes, along with the reigning Rex and Queen, make Mardi Gras a very special event. Each year, the krewes creatively reinvent themselves with innovative themes.  See the Event Schedule for details, or Order Tickets now. Support the event by being a sponsor!

What do we do the rest of the year?

We support local festivals, lending our flair and flamboyance to events like Applefest and Oktoberfest. Mardi Gras, like other local fests, strives to bring the community together for fun and fellowship.

2015 Rex & queen with Applefest dignitaries Michael Doerring & Linda Bechly