Nevada is celebrating Mardi Gras in the best traditional sense. From parades to food and wine events, there is no lack of choices for this very special occasion. You can visit Springs Preserve, join the parade or ball at the Carnivale in Nevada City or “Laissez les bons temps rouler” (let the good times roll) at a fundraiser in Reno. The bayou comes to the desert during these special events, much to the delight of area residents and visitors.
Mardi Gras Vegas
Springs Preserve
333 S. Valley View Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89107
(702) 822-7700

Date: March 7, 2015

Let the good times roll as Cajun and Creole music, culture and food are celebrated at Springs Preserve. There will be live music, a beer garden for adults, crafts for the kids and delicious Southern food from local eateries. This family-friendly event will present the tastes, sounds, colors and fun of a Louisiana Mardi Gras, right here in the desert.

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Nevada City Mardi Gras 2015
Nevada City Chamber of Commerce
132 Main Street
Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 265-2692

Date: Feb. 14-15, 2015

Mardi Gras comes to Nevada City on February 14 and 15, 2015. This year’s Mardi Gras celebration kicks off on Saturday night (February 14) with the annual Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball in historic Miners Foundry at 325 Spring Street from 8 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $10 in advance with remaining tickets sold at the door for $15. Sunday features a Mardi Gras Street Faire (from 11 a.m. to 4p.m.) with food, beverages, crafts and clothing, and a Parade (beginning at 2 p.m.) through the historic downtown district. Spectators will line Broad Street while masked and costumed participants hand out beads, bangles, trinkets and toys. Everyone is encouraged to dress up to celebrate. After the parade, Carnivale will be held at the Miner’s Foundry from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and New Orleans-style food, hot dogs, ice cream, desserts, soft drinks and desserts will be served. There will be a full bar for adults. Enjoy traditional Cajun food (including Cajun sausage sandwiches, chicken and sausage gumbo, Manuale prawns, southern-style cole slaw, red beans and rice and bread pudding) or feast on hot dogs, ice cream, desserts, soft drinks and specialty coffees. Entertainment features Izzy the Juggler, Air Align Cirque-style performances, drummers, belly dancers, a bounce house and more. Tickets are available at the door for just $5 each comes with free admission for kids.

Reno Mardi Gras 2015 Food Wine & Spirits
Reno Ballroom
401 N. Center Street
Reno, NV, 89501
(775) 851-1110

Date: Feb 17, 2015

Reno Mardi Gras 2015 features a Fat Tuesday gala for guests dressed in their finest Mardi Gras costumes, beads and masks, and provides great food and wine plus entertainment, with local businesses hosting a silent auction. This 23rd annual Food and Wine Tasting is a fundraiser benefiting local community and youth programs supported by Reno’s Rotary Club, so as well as being a major social event, it also helps a great cause.

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