The Carnegie Carnival Parade

The Carnegie Carnival season culminates on parade day with a full slate of family friendly events all along Downtown Decatur’s parade route. A half marathon, children’s art activities, canine parade, MardiGrass, and of course, the main event… the Carnegie Carnival Parade complete with Crewes, throws, music, and more! Speaking of throws, we’ve even created a bead recycling program to help with clean up!

*Princess and Prince Parade is combined with the Evening Parade.

February 13, 2021

Downtown Decatur, Alabama

The Carnegie Carnival Parade is held the Saturday before Fat Tuesday. Fat Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday and is set by the liturgical calendar. If the parade were to be cancelled by weather, the parade will be rescheduled for the night of Fat Tuesday.

Carnegie Carnival 2021 will be a drive-thru parade combining our children’s parade and main parade featuring lights and music in downtown Decatur. Due to Covid restrictions, the parade will be stationary this year as the viewers travel one way down Bank Street to Second Avenue.  We encourage you to enter the parade route on Church  Street where the first 500 cars will receive a Carnival Swag bag. The floats and crewes will begin at the intersection of Walnut and Bank Streets and will continue to Second Avenue where cars will exit the parade at Moulton Street.

Carnival Parade Route

UPDATED ROUTE FOR 2021:
Carnegie Carnival 2021 will be a drive-thru parade combining our children’s parade and main parade featuring lights and music in downtown Decatur. Due to Covid restrictions, the parade will be stationary this year as the viewers travel one way down Bank Street to Second Avenue.  We encourage you to enter the parade route on Church  Street where the first 500 cars will receive a Carnival Swag bag. The floats and crewes will begin at the intersection of Walnut and Bank Streets and will continue to Second Avenue where cars will exit the parade at Moulton Street.

Carnival Parade Route

The Carnival drive-thru parade route begins on Bank Street.

Carnival Parade Day Events

The full day of Carnegie Carnival events kicks off early with Carnival Frolic 13.1. The family-friendly fun continues all day with kid’s Rock-Star Scavenger Hunt, MardiGrass at the Brick Deli & Tavern, the Canine Costume Contest and Dog Walk, and of course the main drive-thru Carnegie Carnival Parade. This year, the Princess and Prince Parade are combined with the Evening Parade. Come spend the day in downtown Decatur, Alabama and experience Mardi Gras… North Alabama style!

Carnegie Carnival Crewes

Have you ever seen a full-size replica of a wooden pirate ship “sail” down the street? It happens every year at Carnegie Carnival, North Alabama’s Premier Mardi Gras Celebration! Join the Pirate Crewe O’Ye Crooked Goat, the Sirens of Achelous and Skeleton Crewe, Joe Cain’s Merry Widows, that wild and crazy Crewe of Chaos, the Majesties of Marmac, and the other-side-of-towners from the Southwest of the Border Crewe, plus many, many more for an unforgettable night of fabulous floats, music, dancing, throws, and most importantly family fun!

2021 Carnival Crewes

• Crewe of Chaos
• Crewe de Voisins Bruyants
• Remax Platinum
• Southwest of the Border
• MarMac Real Estate
• Bacchus by the River
• North Alabama Volkswagon Club
• Crewe O Ye Crooked Goat
• The Cotton candies Marching Krewe
• Sirens of Achelous and Skeleton Crewe
• Pink Ambassadores
• Morgan County Humane Society
• Joe Cains Merry Widows
• Decatur Youth Symphony Drum Line
• Mutley Crewe
• Crewe des Artistes
Carnegie Carnival Crewe photo

Start your own crewe!

Want to join in on the fun? Get the details on how to start a crewe of your own!

Carnegie Carnival Catch and Release Bead Recycling Program

Once Carnival season is done and the cleanup begins, what in the world do you do with all those beads? Keep supporting local community efforts through the Carnegie’s “Catch and Release” program. Bead recycling is highly encouraged! Simply drop off any unwanted beads at the Carnegie or participating local business, and the kids enrolled in the Decatur High Developmental Program will clean and repackage them to sell at next year’s Carnegie Carnival as a fundraiser for the Developmental Program. Bags of beads sell for approximately $5 for a bag of 100.