The annual Mardi Gras is set to descend on Nevada City this weekend. Celebrations include a masquerade ball Saturday, a downtown parade and Carnevale Sunday.
The Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball and Costume Party goes from 8 p.m. to midnight at Miners Foundry Cultural Center. The Holcomb Brothers Band will headline the evening line-up. Traditional Cajun cuisine and specialty drinks will also be available.
This year’s costume contest theme is “Gone with the Wind.” Beads and masks are encouraged but not required. Tickets for the Masquerade Ball are $12 and can be purchased in advance at the Nevada City Chamber Office, 132 Main St., Nevada City, or at the door for $15. Guests must be 21 or older to get in.
On Sunday,events start early with a street faire featuring food, crafts, beads, and masks from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on North Pine Street in downtown Nevada City. The 21st annual Mardi Gras parade begins at 2 p.m. along Broad Street. It will go on rain or shine.
After the parade, Carnevale will wrap up the weekend festivities. The family-friendly event is from 2;30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Miners Foundry. There will be jugglers, belly dancers, a bounce house and much more. Tickets at the door are only $5 for adults. Kids are free.
The festivities will continue Sunday through Tuesday at various Nevada City businesses as well. Coopers Ale House, Crazy Horse Saloon, Café Mekka, Lefty’s Grill, McGee’s Annex, The Mine Shaft and The National Hotel will continue celebrations into the evening Sunday.
On Fat Tuesday, Crazy Horse Saloon and Coopers Ale House on Commercial Street in downtown Nevada City will have all day food and drink specials, along with live music at night.
For more information, call 530-265-2692 or go to www.nevadacitychamber.com.