2017 Mardi Gras Night Parade
"Laissez les bon temps rouler!" translates to "Let the good times roll." And those attending the Night Parade of the 12th annual Eureka Gras Mardi Gras celebration were definitely having a good time. The floats were illuminated, as were many of the cars and marchers, and the whole feeling was a festive one. In other Eureka parades throwing candy is the main activity if one is riding on a float or in a vehicle. But just like at Eureka Gras' big brother in New Orleans, throwing beads was de rigueur. And collecting as many strands as you could was your obligation if you were a bystander. If you didn't get enough beads at this parade, or missed the event altogether, you have a second chance at the Eureka Gras Costume Day Parade at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. Like the night parade this one will be led by the Krewe of Barkus and their humans. Besides the Day Parade on Feb. 25 there are other events: Jokers Masquerade Ball at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 at the Convention Center; Mayor's Red Carpet Masquerade Ball at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Basin Park Hotel; Jazz Brunch at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Crescent Hotel; St. Liz Cajun King Cake Ball at 6 p.m. Fat Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Parish Hall. These are ticketed events. For more information, go to EurekaSpringsMardiGras.org.