Today over 20 Krewes are recognized under the Southwest “umbrella.” The Association assumes the responsibility for coordinating and managing six parades, and presents an extravagant City Pageant / Ball on Mardi Gras night. The City Ball is open to the public with no admission fee.

The association also produces and coordinates Le Festival de Mardi Gras a Lafayette at Cajun Field with carnival rides and games, a wide variety of live music, great Cajun food. The parades come right through the festival site so everyone can enjoy all Mardi Gras has to offer at one convenient location.

The Greater Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association serves as a liaison between agencies of the Lafayette Consolidated Government, the Lafayette Sheriff’s Department, and other public bodies and all Krewes that are under the GSLMGA umbrella in coordinating their needs.