Mardi Gras C’est Magnifique! |

Mardi Gras C’est Magnifique!

The colors of purple, green and gold will paint the town of Nevada City this Presidents Day weekend with the 2016 Mardi Gras Celebration. New this year, the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is excited to welcome the New Orleans tradition of “Big Heads” to join the celebration.
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WHAT: 2016 Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball, Street Faire, Parade & Carnevale

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 13; 8 pm-midnight - Masquerade Ball

Sunday, Feb. 14:

11am-4pm: Street Faire

2pm: Parade Starts,

2:30pm-5:30pm: Carnevale

WHERE: Masquerade Ball & Carnevale: Miners Foundry– 325 Spring St., Nevada City

Street Faire & Parade – Downtown Nevada City, Broad & Pine St.

The colors of purple, green and gold will paint the town of Nevada City this Presidents Day weekend with the 2016 Mardi Gras Celebration.

This year’s festivities will feature a Voodoo-themed Masquerade Ball on Saturday night, followed by a street faire, parade and children’s Carnevale on Sunday.

New this year, the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is excited to welcome the New Orleans tradition of “Big Heads” to join the community for the Mardi Gras Celebration.

They are festive caricatures who will be bopping around the streets and are a visually impressive.

A special thanks to Nevada City Crystal & Glass, Broad Street Inn, Barbara Tanner and Tintle Inc. for helping to bring this fun and entertaining addition to the event.

Join the Holcomb Brothers Band for The Voodoo themed Masquerade Ball & Costume Party from 8 p.m.-midnight at the Miners Foundry on Saturday.

There’s a contest best Mardi Gras or voodoo attire.

Beads & masks are encouraged but not required!

Cajun cuisine & no host bar, featuring New Orleans favorites Hurricanes & Bloody Mary’s.

Tickets are $12 in advance and can be purchased at the Chamber Office. Tickets are $15 at the door. 21 and over only.

On Sunday, a Street Faire runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on North Pine Street in Historic Downtown Nevada City.

There will be food, drink, crafts & clothing.

Spectators will crowd the streets to enjoy the floats & revelers at the 24th annual Nevada City Mardi Gras Parade, 2 p.m. on Broad Street, Nevada City.

This is a family event for all ages, rain or shine.

Everyone is encouraged to attend in festive Mardi Gras attire.

Beads, masks and shirts will be available for sale and most restaurants and shops will be open.

After the parade, the Carnevale will be on at Miners Foundry.

This is a fun-filled children’s event with belly dancers, a bounce house for the kids, plus a full bar, Cajun food and music for the adults.

There will be plenty of goodies for the kids including hot dogs, ice cream, desserts, soft drinks & specialty coffees. $5 for adults/Kids are FREE!

Every Year the Mardi Gras Planning Committee chooses four honorees who have impacted the community in the past year — plus a Grand Marshall who will lead the parade in a horse-drawn carriage.

This year’s Grand Marshal is R. L. Crabb, Crabb currently writes, draws, and occasionally stars in “It Takes a Village Idiot“, every Saturday in The Union Newspaper. R.L. Crabb’s first newspaper cartoon appeared the day after Ronald Regan was elected. Since that time his crude and vulgar works have appeared in countless publications including: Weirdo, Rip Off Comix, Grateful Dead Comix, Snarf, Loompanics Live in Las Vegas, The Comics Journal, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

The 2016 King & Queen are Larry & Glady Birdsong. They have both been on the Mardi Gras committee for 12 years and had a society in Joe Cain before that. Co-chaired the committee for six years. Glady has been a long time member on the board of the Miner’s Foundry for more than 10 years. She was president for five years and presently serves as secretary.

Both Larry & Glady have served terms on the board of Sierra Services for the Blind and are active in the Gold Country Celtic Society. Larry was on the city finance committee several years ago & they have been auxiliary members of the chamber for at least 12 years and have supported many activities.

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce would like to thank their sponsors and supporters: The Boozefighters, Nevada City Winery, SPD Markets, Shelly Smart Shopper, KNCO & STAR FM, The Union Newspaper, Nevada City Advocate, Sierra FoodWineArt, Nevada County Gold Magazine, Parents Resource Guide, The Fur Traders, Asylum Down, Yabobo, Crazy Horse Saloon, The Mine Shaft, The National Hotel, Coopers Ale House, McGee’s Annex, Concept Adept Events & Marketing, Sierra Living Events, Epic Design and Real Graphic Source.

For more information, call (530) 265-2692 or (800) 655-NJOY, or

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