Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler at the Eureka Springs Mardi Gras Extravaganza

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The Ninth Annual Eureka Springs Mardi Gras Extravaganza is underway.

The Ninth Annual Eureka Springs Mardi Gras Extravaganza kicked off on Jan. 11 with the Kings Day Kick-Off Gala to officially announce the Royal Court and Monarchs of the Krewe of Krazo. The Dukes and Duchesses of 2014 were anointed to great applause by King Krazo IX George Purvis and Queen Eureka IX Tanya Smith. With revelry, they followed the Jazz group into the parking lot to perform the traditional Second Line.

A dozen more events follow throughout February and March. Organizer Dan Ellis, a Hurricane Katrina transplant, and his “Krewe of Krazo” (Ozark spelled backwards) are prepared to “laissez les bon temps rouler!”

The Light and Sound Night Parade will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, following the usual parade route from the Carnegie Public Library down Spring Street to the Court House on Main Street. After the parade downtown there will be Second Line Dancing at 7 p.m. and a Black Lite Ball at 8 p.m. at the Voulez Vouz Lounge at 63 Spring St. Tickets may be purchased at http://www.voulezvouslounge.com.

The Hookers and Jokers Ball takes place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center at 205 W. Van Buren. There will be music, a mini parade, buffet with heavy hors d'oeuvres and cash bar. This year’s theme is “Eureka Circus” with prizes awarded for best costume.

The Coronation Masquerade Ball on Friday, Feb. 28 is the formal event at the Crescent Hotel at 75 Prospect, featuring a champagne buffet dinner and live music. The Crystal Dining room will be full of tables decorated in Mardi Gras style. The king and queen, along with their royal court, will promenade around the ballroom and guests will enjoy champagne and a buffet dinner. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 479-981-9551.

The second Mardi Gras parade, led by the Krewe of Krazo, will roll downtown at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 1. The 2014 Theme is “Eureka Circus”. That night, the Beaux Arts Masquerade Ball will be hosted by the Basin Park Hotel with a cash bar at 7 p.m. and dancing with live music by locally-famous party band Ultra Suede at 8 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by calling 479-253-9417.

The next morning on Sunday, March 2, those who are up for it after all the parties will hit the New Orleans-style Jazz Brunch at the Crescent Hotel at 11:30 a.m., featuring live music entertainment. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 479-253-9652.

On Fat Tuesday, March 4, the final event is the Saint Lizbeth King Cake Ball and dinner. Dinner and music begins at 6 p.m. at the St. Elizabeth Parish Center at 232 Passion Play Road. For more information, call 479-253-2222.

For more information on all events, visit http://www.krazo.ureeka.org.

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