A downtown parade, Carnevale festivities and a masquerade ball highlight a big weekend Feb. 9-10 as downtown Nevada City hosts its annual Mardi Gras celebration.
Weekend activities open Saturday night with the Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball in Miners Foundry at 325 Spring St. Hours are 8 p.m. to midnight.
The masquerade ball features dancing with the Holcomb Brothers Band, Cajun foods and a no-host bar. Mardi Gras costumes are encouraged but not required. Beads, masks and T-shirts will be available for purchase.
Advance tickets are $12 at the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce (530-265-2692 or http://nevadacitychamber.com) and $15 at the Miners Foundry Box Office (530-265-5462 or http://minersfoundry.org). The event is usually a sell-out so advance tickets are strongly advised.
The Mardi Gras Parade begins at 2 p.m. Sunday and moves down Broad Street through the center of town. It is a rain or shine event. Merry spectators of all ages line the parade route, while gaily masked societies parade through the historic district handing out beads, toys, trinkets, bangles and more. Everyone is encouraged to attend in festive Mardi Gras attire.
A Mardi Gras Street Faire will be centered on North Pine Street, featuring food, crafts and Mardi Gras collector items. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
A big part of the celebration is Carnevale!, an after-parade family event at Miners Foundry, 325 Spring St., in downtown Nevada City. Hours are 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The event includes food, drink and entertainment, including music, dancing, juggling and more. Tickets will be available at the door. Adults are $5; children are free.
For information, contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at 530-265-2692 or 800-655-NJOY or see http://nevadacitychamber.com.