What do Louisianans like about Mardi Gras?

Mardi Gras is a big deal in Louisiana. It’s more than a one-day event marked by gluttony, drunkenness, beads, and plastic cups tossed from floats. It’s a months-long celebration of a way of life. And Louisianans know how to do it right.

But, what do Louisianans like about Mardi Gras? In a holiday season filled with tons of traditions, what stands out among them in the minds of the faithful? We asked Louisiana voters right in the middle of Carnival (the extended celebration that culminates on Fat Tuesday) what Mardi Gras tradition they like best. Here’s what we found:

King Cakes32.0%
Parades, Marching Bands & Dance Troupes24.0%
Time with Family, Friends & Community16.0%
A Day Off Work11.0%
Mardi Gras Balls3.5%
Something Else3.9%

About the Poll: Strategic Insights Research, LLC, surveyed 397 registered Louisiana voters between 19 – 21 January 2023. Respondents completed the question via an online survey platform. The sample was weighted to achieve representativeness of the target population. Responses were adjusted (weighted) based on the respondents’ sex, race, age, and education level to match U.S. Census data, and by party identification based on the parties’ vote shares in the most recent gubernatorial primary election The sample was also weighted by congressional district. Given the sample size and post-survey weighting, the margin of sampling error for the poll is ± 4.97 percentage points. Totals may not equal 100 percent due to rounding.