Eureka Springs’ 12th Annual Mardi Gras Extravaganza Announces Lineup of Events

The 12th Annual Eureka Gras Mardi Gras Extravaganza kicked off on January 7th with the Kings Day Kick-Off Gala to officially announce the Royal Court and Monarchs of the Krewe of Krazo.   To great applause the Dukes and Duchesses of 2017 were anointed by King Krazo XII Bill Sarad and Queen Eureka XII Tracey Lovett. With revelry, they led the group into the parking lot to perform the traditional 2nd Line.

A dozen more events follow throughout January and February. Captain Mary and the “Krewe of Krazo” (Ozarks spelled backwards) are prepared to “laissez les bon temps rouler!”

The Taste of N’Awlins will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, February 4 at the Grand Taverne inside the Grand Central Hotel at 37 N Main Street. Hot beignets, chicory coffee, and gumbo shooters will be served, along with a cash bar – and of course the umbrella 2nd line.

Krewe du Kork will host its first wine dinner at Cottage Inn on Saturday, February 11, to benefit Clear Spring School.  Doors open at 5 p.m. to begin the viewing of the Mardi Gras Shoe Box floats decorated by Clear Spring School students. The Mardi Gras themed wine dinner and silent auction will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $55 per person, of which $20 per ticket will be donated to CSS. To view the wine dinner menu and to make a reservation, go to cottageinneurekasprgs.com and call 479-253-5282.

The Coronation Masquerade Ball on Friday, February 17th, is the formal event at the Crescent Hotel at 75 Prospect, featuring a champagne buffet dinner and live music.   The Crystal Dining room will be full of tables decorated in Mardi Gras style, and the king and queen along with their royal court will promenade around the ballroom and guests will enjoy champagne and a buffet dinner.

Saturday, February 18th is the Light and Sound Night Parade at 6 p.m. following the usual parade route from the Carnegie Public Library, down Spring Street to the Court House on Main Street.

After the parade downtown, there will be Second Line Dancing at 7 p.m. and a Black Lite Ball at 8 p.m. Venue to be determined. Tickets may be purchased at http://www.reserveeureka.com/attractions/blacklightball.

The Jokers Masquerade Ball takes place on Friday, February 24th at 6 p.m. at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center at 205 W. Van Buren. There’ll be music, a mini parade, buffet with heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.   This year’s theme is “The Roaring 20’s” with prizes awarded for best costume.   Reservations are required and may be made by calling 225-405-9672 or 479-253-7018.

 

The second Mardi Gras parade, led by the Krewe of Krazo, will roll downtown on Saturday, February 25th at 2 p.m. The 2017 Theme is “The Roaring 20’s”.

That night, the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce Mayor’s Ball will be held at the Basin Park Hotel with a cash bar at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m. enjoy the sounds of the Downtown Livewires. The theme is “The Great Gatsby” featuring Mayor Butch Berry and the Mardi Gras Royalty. Costumes are encouraged. Tickets may be purchased at www.eurekaspringschamber.com.

The next morning on Sunday, February 26th, those who are up for it after all the parties will hit the New Orleans-style Jazz Brunch at the Crescent Hotel at 11:00 a.m., featuring live music entertainment. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 479-253-9652.

On Fat Tuesday, February 28th, the finale is the Saint ‘Lizbeth King Cake Ball and dinner.     Dinner & music by Naturally Brass begins at 6 p.m. at the St. Elizabeth Parish Center at 232 Passion Play Road. An oyster bar, gourmet Cajun dinner, and praline King Cake are sure to satisfy.   For more information call 479-253-4503 or 253-2222.

For more information on all events, visit www.EurekaSpringsMardiGras.org.