Winter Park to Celebrate Mardi Gras
With plenty of beads, boas and masks for a mountain-style Mardi Gras celebration, Winter Park Resort is teaming up with the Grand Foundation on Saturday, Feb. 13, to provide New Orleans-inspired food, music and entertainment.The family fun is free from noon to 5 p.m. at The Village at Winter Park. Mountain Mardi Gras Festival activities include the Salida Circus Performers (flame throwers, jugglers, trapeze artists, jesters and unicyclists), face-painting and caricature drawings, children’s crafts (masks and crowns), giant puppetry from 1-3 p.m. and Ear2Ear photobooth from 2-4 p.m.Music will keep the streets alive with a different band every hour, including Louisiana Clan Dogs, Aden Harrell & Friends Jazz Quartet, Otones Brass Band and Dikki Du & The Zydeco Krewe.Jambalaya, crawfish, etouffee, gumbo, crepes, bread pudding and beignets provided by Village restaurants will be available in the Starbucks Plaza.As darkness closes in, and the party begins, tickets to let loose can be purchased for $30, including food and one signature drink – The Hurricane. Bands from the day will rock into the night. The celebration lasts from 7-11 p.m. in the West Portal Station. Jambalaya, crawfish, etouffee, fried okra, frickles, shrimp, catfish, andouille sausage, king cake, bread pudding and beignets will keep tummies full.Attendees must be 18 or older. Tickets will be available for purchase at the following locations: Winter Park Guest Services (Balcony House), Grand Foundation, US Bank and the Winter Park/Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce.Child care will be available for children ages 4-12 on a first-come, first-serve basis through The Village at Winter Park Kids’ Night Out Program for $25/child for the night, from 7-11 p.m. Dinner, activities and crafts will be provided. To register, call 800-420-8093.Proceeds from ticket sales assist Grand County non-profit organizations through the Grand Foundation.
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