Each winter, Eureka Springs comes alive with a Mardi Gras festival that is celebrated with revelry for more than a month in this colorful Victorian-styled arts hamlet nestled in the Ozark Mountains.
The 12th Annual Eureka Springs Mardi Gras festival features jazz music, lively parades, masquerade balls, costume contests, authentic New Orleans style food and so much more in a myriad of activities that are spread over January and February and sometimes into March.
The theme of this year’s festival is the Roaring 20’s with a fabulous repertoire of events including:
Kings Day Kick-off at the Rowdy Beaver, Jan. 7 — Come meet the king, queen and members of the royal court! Break out your masks and costumes and enjoy free food and music!
The Taste of N’Awlins, Feb. 4 — A favorite among Eureka Gras-goers takes place at the Grand Central Hotel and Taverne. Indulge in delicious New Orleans style cuisine, including hot beignets and café au lait, which truly rivals the French Quarter.
Mayor’s Ball, Feb. 25 — The Basin Park Hotel hosts this colorful ball. This year’s theme is Red Carpet Masquerade, accompanied by live music and beads galore!
Eureka Gras Lights & Sound Parade, Feb. 18 — Colorful floats with riders in full costume will light their way through downtown to the sound of Mardi Gras music. 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! Line dancing on 2nd St. follows the festive procession.
Jazz Brunch at the Crescent Hotel, Feb. 26 — The aroma of traditional Cajun food will fill the air of the historic hotel as guests enjoy fine dining, a champagne brunch and 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. 28 — Wrapping up the festival on Fat Tuesday, this evening features the jazz combo “Naturally Brass,” an authentic Louisiana dinner and partaking of “the largest King Cake in Arkansas.” Costumes are encouraged! This event is reservation only, so call and reserve your seat today!
For more info, visit eurekaspringsmardigras.org.