Mardi Croix is an annual parade held each February on the Saturday before Fat Tuesday and Ash Wednesday as St. Croix’s own Mardi Gras celebration. Organized by the Krewe de Croix, a group of Louisiana transplants and Mardi Gras enthusiasts, Mardi Croix is a parade that takes place on the North Shore of St. Croix starting in La Valle (located on St. Croix’s North Shore) and ending just past Cane Bay Beach. The parade and festivities includes all the colors, music, food and let-it-loose partying that Mardi Gras is known for… with a Crucian twist!
There’s really no other event quite like Mardi Croix. Vendors set up and sell souvenirs, local food and drink and much more! Floats and parade participants go all out with decorating in the traditional purple-gold-green combo. Things can get a little crazy, but that’s part of the fun! And, of course, there are many, many beads! In order for you to fit in you’ll have to find something wild and crazy to wear. There’s usually dancing and merriment to live music at the bar across the street. The best part is…this all takes place at the beach! So, you can take a dip and cool off on the water whenever you need to and the kids can play and swim all day.