Nevada City’s annual Mardi Gras celebration is coming back to town. Mark your calendar for Sunday, February 27. The event, hosted by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, features a colorful, festive parade & street faire from 12-4pm with vendors selling food & drinks. The parade starts at 2pm on Broad Street.
“After a rough couple of years, we’re so excited to bring energy and enthusiasm back to Nevada City,” says event organizer, Lynn Skrukrud, “The Mardi Gras parade is a fun, festive, and light-hearted event for the whole family to enjoy.” New this year, spectators will be able to get their groove on with a special performance by the Earles of Newtown, a New Orleans style jazz-funk band. The Earles will play from the balcony of the Kidd Knox building located at the corner of Broad & Pine Streets immediately prior to the start of the parade.
This year the Mardi Gras Parade has selected the following individuals for their positive impact on our community.
- 2022 Grand Marshal Joan Phillipe
- 2022 King & Queen are Erin & Dan Thiem
- 2022 Grand Duke and Grand Duchess are Johnny Thorne and Arianna Thorne
In previous years the parade has included Samba Drop, NEO, Curious Forge, Claude the fire-breathing dragon, Merry Widow Society, Grass Valley Jazzercise, 49er Rotary, to name a few. I love seeing the festive masks, bright beads and watching people enjoying the beautiful afternoon. While the weather has been dry lately, just remember that the event is a rain or shine event, so grab your beads and head to downtown Nevada City next Sunday afternoon.
© 2022 InnSide Nevada City, © photos by Erin Thiem