2020 SCHEDULE: January 15: Royal Reveal, Freighthouse  February 8: Costume Ball, Radisson;  February 25: Fat Tuesday, Legends 

Welcome to Coulee Region Mardi Gras

XXVIII Rex & Queen Tony & Crystal Kirchner

ROYAL REVEAL – January 15, 2020  Join Mardi Gras Royalty on Wednesday, Jan. 15, as our 2020 Rex and Queen will be introduced at the Freighthouse Hiawatha Room! Tickets will only be available at the door and are $10 per person.  Revelers are invited to enjoy free beer and hors d’oeuvres in anticipation of the revelation of Rex and Queen XXIX for the upcoming Mardi Gras season!

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


The 2020 Mardi Gras Ball is Saturday, February 8, 2020,  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!


February 25, 2020, at Legends in downtown La Crosse rub shoulders with royalty on the dance floor, music courtesy of Kelly Wilde 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.  Before Lent begins enjoy a sumptuous Cajun buffet plus bid on silent auction items and take your chance on our raffle!

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