Begin celebrating Fat Tuesday on Saturday |

Begin celebrating Fat Tuesday on Saturday

Music, masquerade and parade are the main features of weekend festivities marking Mardi Gras – Fat Tuesday, traditionally a day of abandon before the austerity of Lent.

Here’s the line-up of events in Nevada City:

• Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball: Featuring the Southern rock of the Holcomb Bros. Band, 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Feb. 13, at Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring St., downtown Nevada City. An open bar and traditional Cajun food will be available.

Tickets are $10 advance, $15 at the door. Call (530) 265-2692 or visit

• Mardi Gras Parade: This free event is for the whole family. It starts at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, on Broad Street downtown. Be prepared to catch beads, candy and other prizes tossed by parade participants.

Those marching in the parade this year include the Lyman Gilmore School marching band, the California Consolidated Drum Band and the ever-popular Petting Zoo of backyard percussionists.

Also look for the Parrotheads of Northern California, the Merry Widows Society, Sons of Norway, classic cars and the glamorous Marilyn Monroe (a.k.a. Nancy Brown).

Hint: Wear your silliest hat and come early with a lawn chair to get a good spot.

• Mardi Gras Street Faire: Food, drink, craft vendors from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday along North Pine Street. The area has plenty of room for families with children and baby strollers.

Events are organized by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and supported by area businesses.

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