Annual Beaufort Mardi Gras set for Feb. 24

Beaufort’s annual Mardi Gras on Middle Lane is set for Saturday, February 24, 2018. The event starts at 2 p.m. and runs until 6 p.m. but you’ll want to get there early. Here’s why…

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 in every parade and event held in Beaufort) are always a festive group in the parade.

The crowds fill Middle Lane in anticipation of the parade starting at 3 p.m., with the crowning of the Mardi Gras King and Queen. If you’re late… there’s always next year. It’s that quick!

“Mardi Gras on Middle Lane brings a welcome respite to winter in Beaufort,” according to Liz Kopf, event coordinator.

“It is a fun block party that really unites all the locals and attracts a wide array of visitors to our little town” she said.

“What is better than a street dance with awesome food, music and costumes to celebrate our special little community here?, Kopf states.

Mardi Gras on Middle Lane is a community supported event that’s become a popular street carnival filled with Cajun music & jazz! Costumes are strongly encouraged.

Be sure to bring the kids along for the face painting and mask making experience under the tents.

Music will be provided by Blue Moon Jazz starting at 2 p.m. until he parade is over. Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos will take the stage after the parade at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Local restaurants will serve New Orleans style food and drink. Be sure to bring the kids along for the face painting and mask making experience under the tents.

Mardi Gras on Middle Lane is sponsored by the Beaufort Development Association. Proceeds from krewe fees support future events and marketing efforts.

After going to Mardi Gras on Middle Lane, you’ll understand why Beaufort was named to the list of “America’s Quirkiest Towns” in September 2014 by Travel + Leisure magazine. We guarantee you’ll be back next year!




Dates:  Saturday, February 24, 2018

Hours:  2 p.m. – 6 p.m.  The parade starts at 3 p.m. sharp.

Price:  Free

Parking:  Downtown Beaufort

Address:  114 Middle Lane, Beaufort, NC, 28516.

Telephone:  252-728-7108


Social Media:  Facebook

Need to Know:  Be sure to get to the event early as the crowds fill Middle Lane.

Accommodations:  Plan to come to Beaufort for the weekend and stay in one of our local hotels, inns and B&B’s.  Visit the official website for Beaufort at

Questions?  Contact Liz Kopf at or 252-728-7108 for more details.









Images provided by Betsy Cartier.


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