Mardi Gras beads, along with music, dancing and refreshments, will be part of the fun at Mardi Gras in Arkansas. 

You don't have to travel far to "Laissez les bon temps rouler" at Mardi Gras this year. Eureka Springs is getting the party started early-- tomorrow (Jan. 5), in fact.

Its Annual Kings Day Mardi Gras Kick Off is taking over the Rowdy Beaver Restaurant & Tavern, 417 W. Van Buren (Hwy 62), Eureka Springs.

Starting at 5 p.m., those who are masked or in costume will be able to feast on free king cake and great food. A cash bar will be available and visitors can dance the night away.

The public will be able to really celebrate the annual Louisiana tradition with the several events the town has lined up throughout the rest of the month leading to Mardi Gras, Feb. 12. This includes parades, formal dances, a special brunch and Mardi Gras dinner. Click here for the full 2013 Mardi Gras celebration schedule.

For more information about the Annual Kings Day Mardi Gras Kick Off party and the other Mardi Gras events in Eureka Springs, click here or call 479-981-9551.