Jefferson Celebrates Mardi Gras Feb. 24
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On Friday, Feb. 24, an annual tradition will once again come alive in downtown Jefferson. It is a three-day event packed with parades, live music, and an amazing guest star! New Orleans may be five hours away, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have to miss out on any of the fun! Mardi Gras Upriver has been going on for 28 years, each year with a new theme. This year’s theme is ‘Mysteries and Masquerades’. Previous years have had a variety of different fun themes, like ‘Hollywood Upriver’ in 1992, ‘Myth and Magic’ in 1995, and ‘Wild Wild West’ in 2010.
Many events are lined up for participants. On Friday, Sarah Hobbs, the singer responsible for the single “Point of No Return,” kicks the event off at 7 p.m. on the main stage. If old school Country with a Modern twist doesn’t interest you, then you may enjoy the Krewe of Hebe’s Doo Dah Parade, an event where all are invited to wear their wildest Mardi Gras Costumes and join in on the march! It will start at Lion’s Park, ending at the main stage just in time for the Alley Dance.
Saturday’s events begin at 11 a.m., with Boudreaux, a one man Cajun Zydeco band, who will invite audience members to participate until 2 p.m.. The Motorcycle Parade starts at 1:45, followed by the Grand Parade. Next on the program a performance by Sundance Head, “The Voice” 2016 winner, will begin at 3 and will end at 6 on the main stage, followed by What the Funk, a Northwestern Louisiana cover band that specializes in rock, at 7 until 10 p.m..
Lastly, Sunday’s events start at 12:20, a “Mic Night” will be held onstage, with a Children’s Parade, and a Paws & Claws Upriver Pet Parade at 2 p.m.. The entire event will also feature other attractions, such as local shops, restaurants, the Children’s Carnival, vendors, The Jefferson Historical Museum, as well as the Jefferson Historic Railway/Tram, and Turning Basin Riverboat Tours.
Several local small businesses sponsor the events, such as The Black Swan Bed and Breakfast, Texas Treasures Boutique, Auntie Skinner’s Riverboat Club, as well as the Marion County Chamber of Commerce.
No matter what your interests, the Mardi Gras Upriver event is sure to bring you lasting memories and one heck of a good time. So make the short drive to historic Jefferson, and be sure to bring your friends!