Green, yellow and purple will be very visible just about everywhere this weekend to celebrate, you guessed it: Mardi Gras. Central Arkansas is bringing the mask, beads, parades and parties to the streets.
Here is a look six events to show your Mardi Gras spirit:
- Rivaling anything you can find on Bourbon Street, Mardi Gras in Arkansas, hosted by the Junior Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Arkansas, brings the best of the Big Easy to Little Rock with live music by Ashley McBryde, Boom Kinetic, complimentary wine and beer, a cash bar, and beads galore. The special event will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Central Arkansas. It's happening Saturday (Feb. 9) at Next Level Events, 1400 W. Markham St., #104. Patrons should dress festive casual and Mardi Gras masks are encouraged, but not required. The doors will open at 8 p.m.; Ashley McBryde opens at 8 p.m.; Boom Kinetic takes stage at 10 p.m.; and the party ends at 1 a.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Tickets may be purchased online here and can also be purchased at E.Leigh’s and Fringe Benefits Salon. For more information, click here, email Jason Pedigo at JPedigo@arclubs.org or call (501) 666–8816.
- We covered it this week in our "This Weeks Hottest Events" blog Tuesday, but we have to mention the SoMa Mardi Gras Parade, again! Starting at 24th and South Main, the parade will have homegrown floats, car clubs, beauty queens and marching bands roll through, as well as music from Mark Curry and Natheniel Greer, and a variety of other fun events, including the announcement of the first Beard Growing Contest winners at The Root! Categories for the competition include longest beard, thickest beard, most original beard, and best Abraham Lincoln (no mustache).
North Little Rock
- Across the river, you can check out the Fourth Annual Krewe of Barkus Parade beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday (Feb. 10) where it will start and end at the CityGrove Art Park on 5th Street between Main and Maple. Bring your dogs, beads, friends and masks to join in the parade fun. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. The next day (Feb. 11), Argenta’s Annual Mardi Gras Party will take over the Starving Artist Cafe. Tickets for the party are $35 per person, which includes incredible gumbo, jambalaya, soaked salad, and red beans and rice by Chef Jason Morell, plus all the beads and feather masks you could ever want. Purchase tickets here. Get the party started at 6 p.m.
Go big or go home at the annual Eureka Springs Mardi Gras Extravaganza in the north Arkansas town. Starting at 2 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 9), the Krewe of Barkus canine parade will roll through right before the main event-- the Krewe of Krazo Parade-- which will be led by the Krewe of Krazo decorated floats and followed by the Royal Chariots and walking groups. All Eurekans and visitors are asked to “dress out” in costume and will even be able to join in the parade. If you're dressing out in costume, don't miss the Annual Krazo Kostume Kontest at 3:30 pm. at the New Delhi Cafe band deck, 2 N Main St., Eureka Springs. There will be cash prizes for best costumed! The next day (Feb. 10), enjoy the Jazz Brunch, New Orleans Style from 11 a.m. to 2: p.m. at the Crescent Hotel, 75 Prospect Ave., Eureka Springs, with Second Lining and jazz entertainment. Reservations are required. Book by calling (479) 253-9652.