Middle Lane is home to Beaufort’s annual Mardi Gras celebration, the highlight of which is arguably the shortest parade in North Carolina. It’s a true display of Beaufort’s quirkiness. The parade of “krewes” in costume tossing jewelry and charms is not to be missed. The Sweet Potato Queens, (a group of women, aged 40-70) who dress in elaborate costumes and perform choreographed routines, are always a festive group in the parade. Enjoy an afternoon street carnival filled with Cajun food and music! Bring the kids along for the face painting and mask making experience under the tents. Mardi Gras on Middle Lane is presented by Beaufort Development Association and Middle Lane businesses.