Grab Your Boa and Beads, It’s Mardi Gras in Colorado

Grab Your Boa and Beads, It's Mardi Gras in Colorado It’s Mountain Mardi Gras Season

When Mardi Gras is around the corner, it’s easy to yearn for the warm days of New Orleans, where music plays at every bend, parades are the norm, and warm cheer echoes down the street.

But, it’s not easy to make it to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, so many Colorado cities put on their own Fat Tuesday celebration. Complete with fireworks, dancing, and oh-so-many beads, for a few moments, you might actually forget you’re snowbound in the Centennial state.

The following is a list of Mardi Gras celebrations sure to get your booty shaking. 

•    In Snowmass, Mardi Gras goes back 35 years. The party kicks off with the uphill race, Mother of Ascensions. It’s followed by a traditional bead toss on the mall, a parade, and nighttime fireworks. Throughout the day, bars and restaurants offer Cajun-based food specials and New Orleans-style musical entertainment.
Date: February 28th
Time: 2:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Base Village and Snowmass Village Mall

•    Vail provides a New Orleans-inspired celebration complete with a crawfish boil at Eagle’s Nest and a “Carnivail” party at the Express Lift. 
Date: February 25th, 26th, and 28th
Time: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: Varies

•    Breckenridge loves its parades, and Mardi Gras is no exception. Join other mountain-lovers decked out in masks and boas as they catch beads, dance, and enjoy the revelry of Breckenridge’s Mardi Gras celebration. Following the parade is a free concert at the Riverwalk Center.
Date: February 28th
Time: 4:30 PM
Location: Main Street

•    Food lovers should head to Manitou Springs for their Jumbo Gumbo cook-off, which tantalizes the taste buds as samples of professionally-prepared gumbo are handed out for judging. Stick around after the cook-off to watch the Mardi Gras Parade at 1:00pm.
Date: February 25th
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Soda Springs Park

•    Our canine companions aren’t forgotten in Frisco, where the Mari Gras 4 Paws parade features dogs and their families dressed in costumes. It’s a super fun way to get the family—all of the family—involved in the celebration.
Date: February 25th
Time: 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: Main Street from 2nd street to 7th

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