Mardi Gras coming to downtown Parker

Three-day event kicks off Feb. 5


The Council of Arts, Science and Culture (CASC) is bringing its 3rd Annual Mardi Gras Celebration to downtown Parker for the first time this year.

The three-day event kicks off Feb. 5 in downtown, which CASC has chosen as the new, permanent location for Parker’s Mardi Gras celebration.

The weekend festivities begin Feb. 5 is a “Biz-Pub Crawl,” and the celebration continues on Feb. 6 with a sidewalk parade featuring what planners hope to be the largest Marching Sidewalk Band in Colorado with “The Glorious Rhythm Heartbreakers and Melodious Strangers Social Club - A Rocky Mountain Mardi Gras Musical Mobocracy.” The celebration will include Cajun food and a “Black Eyed Bingo Bash” set to live music, neon decor, black lights and featuring more than $1,500 worth of cash winnings. Sunday, of course, is the answer to every Super Bowl fan’s dream; a kickoff aptly named “GumBowl Brunch” at Parker Garage on Mainstreet.

“We are thrilled to announce such support and growth to our Mardi Gras celebration,” said Jeff Fox, president of the Council of Arts, Science & Culture. “With our growing cultural reach across the Front Range and the fun twist we are putting on this year’s event by adding a family friendly all play in the band parade, it’s sure to get some attention.”

CASC organizers who are also responsible for the downtown Parker Oktoberfest are presentinh the Rocky Mountain Mardi Gras Parker 2016 along with the Parker Downtown Business Alliance and support from the Parker Creative District.

As a fundraiser, this year’s event is supported by Mile High Rodeo Royalty and Rollin’ Dreams, an organization whose mission is to enrich the lives of teenagers with life-threatening illnesses. Rollin’ Dreams provides activities and experiences for teens during treatment, to decrease and overcome boredom and loneliness.

The celebration takes place at various locations around Mainstreet, with Vines Wine Bar and Bistro, Parker Garage and Deep Space Workplace enter at Victorian Peaks providing events.

The festival kicks off at 4 p.m. Feb. 5 and Feb. 6, and 11 a.m. Feb. 7. Additional details regarding sponsors, specific attractions and schedule can be found at


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