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Nevada City Mardi-Gras Parade

Photo Credit: Nevada City Chamber of Commerce

19th Annual Nevada City Downtown Masquerade Ball, Parade & Street Faire. March 5-6. This is one of the largest Mardi Gras events in the area.  Saturday evening kicks of the celebration with a Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball.  Advance tickets recommended, $10 advance, $15 at the door, available through the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce call 530.265.2692 or 800.655.NJOY.  The Ball isn’t the only chance to dress up.  Visitors are encouraged to wear their favorite Mardi Gras gear Sunday for food, crafts, clothes and more at the street faire on North Pine Street 11am – 4pm.  The Parade starts at 2pm, but arrive early to get the best spot.  Starting on Broad Street and going through the center of town.  Colorful floats and wonderfully decorated masked societies parade through the historic district handing out beads, toys, trinkets, bangles and more. For more info visit the Nevada City Chamber website.

SnowFest March 3 – 13. Okay this isn’t a Mardi Gras only event; however there are many events crammed into this one, very full week.  In honor of Fat Tuesday, Jake’s on the Lake is hosting “Mardi Gras On The Lake”, featuring foods from the Crescent City, hurricane punches, Happy Hour discounts, costumes, beads, and live music.  Doors open at 4:30pm, live music begins at 6pm.  For more information on the event and for more on Snowfest, click here.

Mardi Gras BeadsMardi Gras at Perry Creek Winery. March 5th, 2011 12-4pm. Who says Mardi Gras is only about Hurricanes?  Treat yourself to wine, jazz & delicious food!  Dress up in your favorite costumes and you might be awarded “Best Mardi Gras Costume of 2011”. Due to space limitations, maximum space for this event is available only for the first 100 guests.  RSVP at 530-620-5175.  $10 each club member and $20 each non-club members. http://www.perrycreek.com/events.html

Mardi Gras Pub ‘n Grub Crawl. March 5, 6pm. Celebrate with your favorite Old Sac Restaurants and Pubs.  Several of Old Sacramento’s best restaurants and bars will be serving up great food, live music and spirits for this self guided pub crawl through the streets of Old Sacramento also feature street entertainment, beads, costumes and more.  For participating establishments visit Old Sacramento’s event site.

District 30 Sacramento. March 2 – 5. Hosting 4 nights of Mardi Gras Parties for the fais do-do.  Serving Original Louisiana Hurricanes and boasting over $10,000 in props and decorations, the party starts Wednesday, March 2 with Sky Blu of LMFAO.  Thursday: BAD BOY BILL and CONGOROCK, Friday: DJ Cams and wrapping up on Saturday with DJ Scotty Boy.  District 30 Sacramento’s newest boutique dance lounge located on the new K Street.  Visit their website for advance tickets and more information.

So there you have it, five ways you can break out the masks, beads & boas and bring Bourbon Street to you!