Parker Mardi Gras

Parker is ready to paint the town Purple (and green and gold) for the Council of Arts, Science and Culture’s Mardi Gras Celebration! Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday celebrations, vary from city to city around the world. In some areas, like New Orleans, Mardi Gras Carnival events will begin after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany (Three Kings Day) and last through January, culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday.

Mardi Gras celebrations made their way to the United States in the 1700s after King Louis XIV sent men to defend France’s claim on Louisane, which included Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and parts of Eastern Texas. The first Mardi Gras celebration was in the Biloxi, which was the first capital of Louisiana. The capital was then moved to New Orleans in 1718 and the first Mardi Gras Parade recorded in New Orleans was held in 1837.

Many people think of New Orleans, a city with a history and culture greatly influenced by the French, when they think of Mardi Gras, but other cities around the world famous for their Mardi Gras Carnival celebrations include Rio de Janeiro, Quebec City, The Cayman Islands and Mazatlan to name a few.

Parker’s Mardi Gras traditions aren’t nearly as rich, but we are just as ready to laissez les bons temps rouler as anyone. Saturday, February 10th, from 4pm-Midnight, the Studio at Mainstreet will serve as Parker’s own little version of New Orleans and host a night no to be missed. Scrumptious finger food and appetizers from Parker Garage will be served accompanied by a libations from the cash bar. The evening’s entertainment will include New Orleans Soul, Funk and Gospel music by NOLA Soul as well as a silent auction.

Tickets for the event Parker’s Mardi Gras can be purchased in advance at or at the door the evening of the event. Proceeds from the event will benefit the non profit group Inspire Creative. Inspire Creative, a local tour de force of the arts, has been bringing amazing shows to our community for over 7 years, including this year’s highly anticipated production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, playing through February 11th, at the PACE Center. In addition to the Main Stage shows, Inspire Creative also offers theater classes as well as private vocal and instrumental lessons through their partnership with Music on Mainstreet.

Take a trip to New Orleans, just for the night, grab your friends and make a night of it at the CASC’s Mardi Gras Celebration, benefiting Inspire Creative!

For Tickets to Parker’s Mardi Gras go to or purchase your tickets at the door.

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