Everyone knows New Orleans is the place to be when it comes to Mardi Gras, but did you know that the annual Louisiana holiday is actually celebrated all across the state?

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Much like in the Big Easy, delicious food, historic landmarks and one-of-a-kind parades are staples in several cities across the state during the popular Mardi Gras season. From Baton Rouge, to Lafayette to Shreveport, the festivities are widespread and not to be missed.

Scroll through for a look at some of the can’t-miss experiences to check out throughout the state while you’re in town celebrating Mardi Gras.