Let the good times roll! If you weren’t at the Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball & Dinner on Saturday night or the Mardi Gras Parade on Sunday, you missed a great time.
As I looked around at the street scene on Sunday – so many people in costume, so many happy children – it made me smile once again to live in a place that celebrates so often. People were complaining that Sacramento canceled its Mardi Gras Parade, but I was confident Nevada City’s would go on without a hitch.
On Saturday night, as a throng of costumed and masked revelers ate the terrific dinner catered by Richard Farrar, it was the usual Nevada County mix of characters. The Boozefighters, many in their biker regalia, mingled with all of the nonbikers. Cajun music is almost impossible not to dance to, and the crowd was on its feet the minute the band, The Bayou Boys, started playing.
Bob Buhlis of the Nevada City Postal Co. was one of the organizers of the event and seemed to be omnipresent at every activity.
Cathy Whittlesey of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce called the weekend a great success. “The rain held out for us as best it could. This event makes the town so lively,” Cathy said.
When the parade started down Broad Street at 2 p.m., the rain was just starting to fall. That didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the Ophir Prison Band, which arrived early to participate in the annual party at Phil and Jane Yeager’s lovely home.
That was also the staging area for Sparky and the Shifters, so both groups got to know one another as glitter was applied and costumes adjusted. Marge Kaiser of the Sierra Nevada Deep Ecology Institute generously shared her glitter; Patti Foster was resplendent in her purple wig; and Sparky, well, what can you say about Sparky?
When I said for the thousandth time what a great day it was, one of the revelers quoted Sparky as calling Nevada City “a fun little town.” A master of the understatement, to be sure.
As the parade made its way down Broad Street, announcer Pat Dyer of Utopian Stone did a fabulous job of describing the myriad entries and what they represented.
The rain didn’t stop parade-goers from lining the streets and cheering as beads flew into the crowd. It was hard to spot specific people in the throng, but I did glimpse, among others, author Lisa Kusel with her daughter, Loy.
Since I was riding in a convertible, I had the full benefit of the wet weather. (I also managed to break two umbrellas in the space of a half hour.) Kathy Hillis of Mountain Pastimes graciously drove me in her vintage Mercedes, and I rode with family friend Ash Inglis while his grandma, Carolyn Inglis, and Mr. Readers’ Corner all helped distribute beads.
Don’t miss it next year … quite an event for our “fun little town.”
Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by e-mail at email@example.com, or by fax at 477-4292.
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