Dance party, music, pet parade at Farmers Market Mardi Gras

| January 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

CANINE CATEGORIES include small, medium and large in the Mutti Gras pet competition. Cats are also welcome.

A three-day celebration featuring live music, bead tossing, dancing in the aisles and a parade of costumed pets will celebrate Mardi Gras at the Farmers Market, Third St. an Fairfax Ave. on Sat., Feb. 9 and Sun., Feb. 10, and Fat Tuesday, Feb. 12.

A pre-party warm-up event, the Rajun Cajun Dance Party sponsored by E.B.’s Beer & Wine, kicks off the festivities on Fri., Feb. 8 at 7 p.m.

Mardi-Gras-costumed pets will vie for the title of Mutti Gras King & Queen following a parade and beauty contest that parades through the Market Plaza led by a jester and marching jazz band on Saturday beginning at noon. In addition to the king’s crown and queen’s tiara, winners will enjoy a basket of treats from event co-sponsor, Three Dog Bakery.

The New Orleans Traditional Jazz   Band   will   meander   through the Market from noon to 3 p.m. Children can have their faces painted and decorate king and queen crowns from 1 to 4 p.m.

Musical entertainment includes Bluecat Express who will perform from 2 to 4 p.m. Jimbo Ross & The Bodacious Bayou Boogie Band takes the stage from 3 to 5 p.m. followed by Grammy-nominated Lisa Haley & The Zydecats from 6 to 9 p.m.

On Sunday, the 2nd Line Saviour’s Parade Band strolls the aisles from 1 to 4 p.m. Porterhouse Bob takes the stage from noon to 2 p.m., T-Lou & His Super Hot Zydeco Band entertain from 2 to 4 p.m., the Critical Brass Band can be found in the Market Plaza from 3 to 5 p.m. and Eddie Baytos & The Nervis Bros take the stage on the West Patio from 5 to 8 p.m.

Kids can create Mardi Gras shakers and have their faces painted from 1 to 4 p.m.
Eddie Baytos & The Nervis Bros return on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Activities are free. Mardi Gras fare is on the menu at Market restaurants, and Dixie beer will be poured at its two bars.

Call 323-933-9211 or go to for more information.

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