Marking its 11th year, Arkansas’ largest Mardi Gras celebration is back and better than ever with a month’s worth of events Jan. 9 – Feb. 9.
Colorful parades, masquerade balls, costume contests and traditional New Orleans style food are just a few of the reasons why Eureka Gras in Eureka Springs is one festival that simply cannot be missed! With a theme of Hooray for Hollywood!, this year’s repertoire includes:
- Kings Day Kick-off at the Rowdy Beaver – Jan. 9 – Come meet the king, queen and members of the royal court! Break out your masks and costumes and enjoy free food and music, followed by King Cake for dessert.
- The Taste of N’Awlins – Jan. 23 – A favorite among Eureka Gras-goers takes place at the Grand Central Hotel. Enjoy delicious New Orleans style cuisine that rivals the French Quarter.
- Mayor’s Ball – Jan. 29 – The Basin Park Hotel hosts this colorful ball with live music and beads galore!
- Eureka Gras Light & Sound Parade – Jan. 30 – Colorful floats with riders in full costume will light their way through downtown. After the parade, visitors are welcome at the Black Light Ball, an artistic soiree held in an underground space featuring black light paint, models, music and more!
- Jazz Brunch at the Crescent Hotel – Feb. 7 – The aroma of traditional Cajun food will fill the air of the historic hotel as guests enjoy live jazz music. Attendees are invited to bring their decorated umbrellas, a Mardi Gras tradition that dates back decades.
- St. Liz Cajun King Cake Ball – Feb. 9 – Wrapping up the festival, this evening features the jazz combo “Naturally Brass,” an authentic Louisiana dinner and partaking of “the largest King Cake in Arkansas.” Costumes are encouraged!
For more info, visit eurekasprings.org.