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Mardi Gras celebration kicks off in Nevada City

Mardi Gras isn’t just a New Orleans or Mobile, Ala., phenomenon; it’s also celebrated wholeheartedly in downtown Nevada City.

With a “Babes in Toyland” theme this year, Mardi Gras festivities are set for Saturday and Sunday.

Festivities include the second annual Mardi Gras traditional Cajun Dinner, from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center. The all-you-can-eat dinner by Jim E’s Catering consists of chicken and sausage gumbo, Southern-style cole slaw, red rice and beans, and corn bread.



Also Saturday, from 8 p.m. to midnight, is the annual Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball at the Miners Foundry, open to the 21-and-older crowd. George and Pat Harper will be crowned King and Queen of Mardi Gras and Jim Costello will be introduced as Grand Marshal. Sacramento-based Miss Freida and the Cajun Fusiliers will provide music.

Sunday’s celebration includes a street fair with food, drink and merchandise booths from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on North Pine and Commercial streets. The rain-or-shine Mardi Gras parade begins 2 p.m. at the top of Broad Street.




A free shuttle will run Sunday from 12:30 to 5 p.m. between the Nevada County Government Center and downtown Nevada City.


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