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Mardi Gras comes to Nevada City


It’s Mardi Gras again – time to let go and simply enjoy. And with other things, if you’re willing to also let go of your thrifty nature for the weekend, you might well have lots to do in Nevada City.

“This year, we’ve started out with our window decoration contest,” said Bob Buhlis, president of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and Mardi Gras chairperson. “The window displays are still there all over town and in Seven Hills. The next event is the Cajun dinner, 6-8 p.m., (today) for $25 at the Miner’s Foundry. Advanced purchase is recommended through the Chamber of Commerce. That’s followed by the masquerade ball. Advanced tickets are $15 and $20 at the door. The theme is roaring ’20s.

“Then the Sunday activities include the street fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. That’s free. There’ll be food and crafts booths. That’s going to be on Pine Street and Commercial Street. The parade is at 2 o’ clock on Sunday down Broad Street.”

The new addition to this year’s festivities is the Grand Duchess. She is Dixie Redfearn, The Union’s Readership editor.

“She’s going to be recognized at the ball and she will be given a sash to wear,” Buhlis said. “She’ll also be in the parade in a convertible.”

Last year, the Grand Duke was added to the celebrations. This year he is Tom “Curly” Minkler from the Boozefighters’ Motorcycle Club. He will also be honored at the ball and will be a part of the parade.

While the Saturday events are meant for adults only, the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce wants the Sunday parade to be more of a family event.

“We’ll have security patrols and monitors,” Buhlis assured. “There’s a zero tolerance for bad behavior.”


To contact staff writer Soumitro Sen, e-mail soumitros@theunion.com or call 477-4229.

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