Eureka Springs Mardis Gras Festival
This year’s 6th Annual Eureka Gras Mardi Gras Parade theme is “Alice in Wonderland.” Multi-colored floats, costumed walkers, bands and more parade through historic downtown starting at 2 p.m. Mar. 5. The costume contest follows at the New Delhi Café bandstand; cash and other prizes will be awarded. Admission to both the parade and the costume contest is free.
The festival gets underway with the colorful Krewe of Krazo Hookers & Jokers Ball Mar. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center. Everyone is welcome to attend the event, which features a Creole buffet, cash bar, and music by Swing And A Miss. Party goers are asked to dress as either “Hookers or Jokers,” “Guys and Dolls,” or “Freakin Eurekan.” Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door;
March 4, the Krewe of Krazo Coronation Ball and Masquerade Dance takes place at 6 p.m. at the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa’s Crystal Ballroom. The Promenade and Grand March of the 2011 Eureka Gras King, Queen and Royal Court will be the evening highlight. A New Orleans buffet dinner will be served. A cash bar will be available. Tickets are $35 and reservations are required. The Beaux Arts Ball follows that evening at 7 p.m. at the 1905 Basin Park Hotel’s Barefoot Ballroom. Patterned after the world famous Parisian Artists Masquerade Ball, the dance features the music of Rosie Ledet Zydeco. Tickets are $25.of Krazo will lead the parade and other walking groups include the “Krewe of Kidz” and the canine “Krewe of Barkus.”
Festivities continue Mar. 6 with the Eureka Gras Jazz Brunch at the Crescent Hotel’s Crystal Dining Room from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees can greet the Kings and Queens of Krazo in 2nd line and hear music by the Crescent Jazz Ensemble. Reservations are required; call 479-253-7837.
New to this year’s festival is Arti Gras; an exhibit of “tastefully risqué” art by 15 local artists, hosted by Roi Regency in full regal attire. The display will be at the Basin Park Hotel Mar. 7 from 6-8 p.m. “Eureka Springs is Mid-America’s Art Capitol,” organizer Dan Ellis explained. “And so we felt Eureka Gras wouldn’t be complete without celebrating the amazing artists who live and work here.” The event is free and there will be a cash bar.
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