Special Events


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade

Hwy. 38
Kentwood, LA 70444
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An annual parade held in Kentwood in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

FEBRUARY 21, 22 & 23

North Tangi Support Mardi Gras Carnival & Parade

Temple Chapel Baptist Church
Kentwood, LA 70444
Parade – Saturday, 12pm
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Parade and carnival celebrating the Mardi Gras season in Kentwood, LA.


33rd Annual Krewe of Omega Parade

Hammond Parade Route, LA
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Krewe of Omega rolls the streets of Hammond for the 33rd year! This Mardi Gras themed parade guarantees fun for your whole family.

MARCH 1, 2 & 3

Ponchatoula Antique Trade Days & Arts & Crafts Fair

Downtown Commuter Parking Lot, S.E. Railroad Ave.
Ponchatoula, LA 70454
Friday – Sunday 9am – 5pm
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This biannual event is held in Downtown Ponchatoula with over 200 local and national vendors selling antique and original crafts, collectibles and works of art.


Model & Toy Train Show

First Baptist Church Gymnasium, 325 E. Pine St.
Ponchatoula, LA 70454
9am – 3pm
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Displays! Contests! Operating Layouts! Fun for the entire family! Admission: $5; Children under 6 are FREE! Free parking available!

MARCH 8, 9 & 10

Independence Sicilian Heritage Festival

312 E. Railroad Ave.
Independence, LA 70443
Friday 5pm – 11pm, Saturday 11am – 11pm, Sunday 11am – 6pm
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There is fun for all at the Independence Sicilian Heritage Festival! Every inch of this festival is packed with live music, amazing food and entertainment. Kids will have a ball on the fair rides and games, and adults are sure to love the arts and craft booths, spaghetti eating contest and more!

MARCH 8, 9 & 10

Vintage Market Days of Southeast Louisiana

Florida Parishes Arena, 1301 N.W. Central Ave.
Amite, LA 70422
Friday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm
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Vintage Market Days is an upscale vintage-inspired indoor open air market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings and more.

MARCH 15, 16 & 17

Amite Oyster Festival

N.E. Central Ave., Amite City, LA 70422
Friday 3pm – midnight, Saturday 11am – 11pm, Sunday 12pm – 6pm
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With a chili cook-off, a parade, an oyster eating contest, and much more, you will have the time of your life at the Amite Oyster Festival! Come check out all that this fun community event has to offer!

MARCH 22, 23

Hammond Smokin’ BBQ Challenge

Downtown Hammond, LA
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Join thousands of barbeque lovers at the annual Hammond Smokin’ Barbeque Challenge! There is a professional main event, local backyard challenge, and even a children’s division. And the best part is, it’s all for charity!


Chef’s Evening

Southeastern Louisiana University Student Union Ballroom
Hammond, LA 70402
5:30pm – 8:30pm

An evening celebrated with drink and food pairings from local restaurants.


The Italian Festival Spaghetti Cook-Off

Italian Festival Grounds
Tickfaw, LA 70466
8am – 12pm
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If your favorite food isn’t spaghetti, it may be after this event! The public is welcome at the annual Italian Festival Spaghetti Cook-Off.

APRIL 12, 13 & 14

Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival

301 N. 6th St.
Ponchatoula, LA 70454
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The 48th annual Strawberry Festival is sure to be a treat! With great food, strawberries, entertainment, and fun for people of all ages to enjoy, you’re sure to have a BERRY good time!

APRIL 26, 27 & 28

The Italian Festival

Italian Festival Grounds
Tickfaw, LA 70466
Friday 6pm – 11pm, Saturday 11:30am – 11pm, Sunday 11am – 6pm
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You’re sure to have an amazing time celebrating the Italian culture of the city and in Tangipahoa Parish at the Italian Festival! There will be rides, entertainment, and lots of fun for all.

MAY 19

5th Annual Riff Ridgel Crawfish Cook-Off

Tickfaw Festival Grounds, 50081 Hwy. 51
Tickfaw, LA 70466
11am – 4pm
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This annual crawfish cook-off kicks off crawfish season while supporting local families and individuals affected by catastrophes or illness. Enjoy all the crawfish you can eat while listening to amazing music and supporting a worthy cause.

MAY 24, 25 & 26

Special Olympics State Summer Games

Southeastern Louisiana University
Hammond, LA
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This is a great event for athletes, spectators and volunteers. Male and female athletes from across the state will compete in Athletics (Track & Field), Bocce, Powerlifting and Unified Volleyball.


City Wide Yard Sale

Ponchatoula Area, LA 70454
8am – till
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Check out this city-wide yard sale held each year in America’s Antique City! While hunting for bargains across the whole city, you’re sure to find a steal.


6th Annual Christmas in July Fun Run

Chappapeela Sports Park
Hammond, LA 70403

Family fun run held at Chappapeela Sports Park with Santa, snow and more! Get your running or walking shoes to welcome an early Christmas.


Christmas in July

Downtown Ponchatoula, LA 70454
10am – 3pm
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Christmas event held in Downtown Ponchatoula with local store sales, Christmas pictures and more!