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.