Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler in Eureka Springs

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Eureka Springs announces upcoming Mardi Gras events.

The 10th Annual Eureka Gras Mardi Gras Extravaganza kicked off on Jan. 10 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 2015, King Krazo X Leroy Gorrell and Queen Eureka X Cne Breaux, were met with great applause. 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, with this year’s theme being “Carnival around the World.” The Eureka Springs “Krewe of Krazo” (Ozark spelled backwards) is prepared to “laissez les bon temps rouler!”

Taste of N’Awlins will be from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31 at the Grand Taverne inside the Grand Central Hotel. Hot beignets and chicory coffee will be served, along with a cash bar – and of course, the umbrella second line.

Friday, Feb. 6 is the Mayor’s Ball at the Basin Park Hotel at 12 Spring Street. Doors open at 6 p.m. with live music from Joe Giles and the Homewreckers from 7-10 p.m. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at http://www.reserveeureka.com.

Saturday, Feb. 7 is the Light and Sound Night Parade at 6 p.m. 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.

Didn’t get enough beads at one parade? The second Mardi Gras parade, led by the Krewe of Krazo, will roll downtown at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14.

The next morning on Sunday, Feb. 15, guests can hit the New Orleans-style Jazz Brunch at the Crescent Hotel at 75 Prospect from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring live music. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 479-253-9652. The cost for the brunch is $25.

Monday, Feb. 16th will be Arti Gras at KJ’s Caribe Restaurant and Cantina at 309 W. Van Buren. Over 20 artists will present their original works and bejeweled masks, beginning at 6 p.m.

On Fat Tuesday, Feb. 17 is the final event, the Saint ‘Lizbeth King Cake Ball and dinner at the St. Elizabeth Parish Center at 232 Passion Play Road. At 5:30 p.m., the party starts off with a cash bar and cash raw oyster bar, with dinner and music to follow. For more information, call 479-253-2222.

For more details on the upcoming events, visit http://www.eurekaspringsmardigras.com.

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