Mardi Gras in Deadwood, SD is a must-see event, combining the “anything goes” attitudes of New Orleans and the Wild West into one riotous weekend of revelry. The party keeps growing; last year nearly 15,000 people attended this event. Similar attendance is expected for this year.
The rules for the People’s Parade on Friday are very simple: line up at 6:15 pm, parade up Main Street at 7 pm. You can walk, ride a bicycle or a float, pull a wagon, walk on stilts; it’s your choice. Remember that there is a costume contest, so the more festive you dress, the more likely you are to impress!
The rules for Saturday’s Parade of Lights are the same with one addition: your means of conveyance must be lit. Open containers are allowed on Main Street during both parades, so keep this in mind if you’re considering bringing young children as these events are definitely geared towards adults.
The party continues on Saturday with a Cajun cook-off that pits area restaurants and chefs against each other. Winners are chosen by anonymous judges based on taste, presentation and authenticity. The contest runs from 1 pm to 4 pm and public sampling is encouraged.
Amateurs and professionals alike are encouraged to participate in Saturday’s cake decorating contest. All cakes must be delivered to the Bullock Hotel between 10 am and 11 am Saturday. Cakes should be homemade and have a Mardi Gras theme. Winners will be announced at 4 pm, with prizes given for presentation and originality.
What: Mardi Gras weekend in Deadwood, SD.
When: March 4-5, 2011
Where: Main Street, Deadwood, SD
Schedule: The People’s Parade and Coronation Competition Friday night beginning at 7 pm encourages public participation as the parade moves down Main Street with music, dancing, floats and of course, beads. Organizers expect about 50,000 beads will be thrown. The parade ends with the Coronation of the Mardi Gras King and Queen.
The Mardi Gras King and Queen reign over the Deadwood Mardi Gras parade on Saturday night, during which organizers expect an estimated 100,000 beads will be thrown. The Mardi Gras parade begins at 7 pm on Saturday,
Kid-friendly: Some daytime activities on Saturday may be kid-friendly, but for the most part this event is geared toward adults.
Contests: Prizes awarded for Best Costume during Friday night’s parade. Cajun cook-off and cake decorating contests on Saturday from 1 pm until 4 pm. Both contests have public tastings.
Music: Live music at the Buffalo on Main Street Friday and Saturday beginning at 9 pm.
Notes: This event drew nearly 15,000 people last year, so come prepared for the crowds! Open containers allowed on Main Street between the Four Aces and the Masonic Temple from 5 pm until 10 pm on Friday, and from 2 pm until 10 pm on Saturday.
For more information: Call 1-800-999-1876 or visit: http://www.deadwood.org/DeadwoodEvents/MardiGras/