Durham Mardi Gras

Bringing the spirit of carnival to Durham - all ages, all fun.
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Durham Mardi Gras
Community
Durham, North Carolina
United States
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Have you ever been to the Mardi Gras? No, not the Big Easy, we're talking about the Bull City. The Big Parade and 5 stages of live music, on Fat Tuesday, March 4, 2014.  All free!

If you've ever been to New Orleans and gotten away from the Bourbon Street tourists, you'll know that Mardi Gras is a profound experience. Rich cultural traditions going back centuries, great music, great food, parades and folks that know how to have a good time – it all comes together in one amazing, unforgettable experience. Today, Durham is creating its own traditions that mix the best of New Orleans and North Carolina.

In the last three years, Mardi Gras has become a part of Durham, too. Last year, around 1000 people joined in for the Big Parade and 3 stages of live music. Everybody was welcome, everybody had a great time and it was all free. This year, we aim to make Durham Mardi Gras better than ever and bring it to more people than ever. We need your help to make it happen.

Your donation will be going to support a full on Mardi Gras experience, with everything from LED artists to Lola, the giant, kid-powered papier-mache dragon, including:

The Big Mardi Gras Parade - This year, we're doing it right. We've got ourselves a parade permit, we're blocking off the street and we'll be marching in style! We’ve got mermaids in tails, "bullerinas" in tutus, flamingos in feathers, guys with gargantuan beards and marching musicians to dazzle the eyes and the ears.

A giant musical block party with 5 stages of live music - All totally free, featuring these fantastic artists:

  • Mel Melton & the Wicked Mojos 
  • The Bulltown Strutters
  • The Beauty Operators
  • The Screaming J’s
  • Ironing Board Sam 
  • Children of the Horn 
  • Radar’s Clowns of Sedation
  • The Bull Bayou Ramblers

Many of these artists have Louisiana connections, and all have North Carolina roots. We've even got a drag show on one of the stages, or for a taste of tradition come see Durham's Old-time musicians showing off their stuff at the Old Time Corner. Check out the artists on our website.

Cultural events and rip-roaring parties - Events throughout the year featuring a mix of Louisiana and Carolina culture. If you missed our packed house January 25 event at the Pinhook, don't worry, there's more to come.

It's gonna be great, but we need your help to make it happen. Check out our incentives on the right. Come on, you know you want one of those sexy t-shirts!

Laissez les Bull temps rouler

Durham Mardi Gras is a registered non-profit, powered by your donations and the efforts of dozens of volunteers just like you who have given their time and energy and money to help make something special happen in Durham.

Come to www.DurhamMardiGras.com and learn more about this new tradition that is growing in the Triangle.


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  • $10USD
    Big Hug for Durham Mardi Gras

    We'll send you the jpg file of our awesome 2014 Durham Mardi Gras poster, so you can print your own. Original art by Jamie B. Wolcott.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $20USD
    Second Line Ready

    Custom designed second line hankie for waving in the parade

    6 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $20USD
    Second Line Ready

    Custom designed second line hankie for waving in the parade, plus we'll send you the jpg file of our awesome 2014 Durham Mardi Gras poster, so you can print your own. Original art by Jamie B. Wolcott.

    1 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $60USD
    Blinged up with the Bull

    Fancy, blingy beads, plus your own stylin' "Laissez les Bull temps rouler!" t-shirt, plus that fabulous second line hankie.

    6 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $100USD
    Blingin' and Dancin' on Stage

    Dance on stage with the Bulltown Strutters at Mardi Gras, plus fancy, blingy beads, plus your own stylin' "Laissez les Bull temps rouler!" t-shirt, plus that fabulous second line hankie.

    4 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $150USD
    Royal Court for You

    Walk in the parade, beside the King/Queen of Mardi Gras, plus fancy, blingy beads, plus your own stylin' "Laissez les Bull temps rouler!" t-shirt.

    0 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
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