- Published on Wednesday, 20 January 2016 14:32
- Written by Breanna Bright
Cape Girardeau is celebrating its second year of Mardi Gras with a masquerade that will transport guests to the streets of New Orleans with live blues music, a Louisiana buffet, and of course, lots, and lots of beads.
Cape has a long history of French heritage that usually goes untapped in the community, this is something event organizer Wes Wade wanted to change. Having attended Mardi Gras in St. Louis, Wes wanted to bring the fun and debauchery of a real Mardi Gras celebration to Cape:
“We would love to see a Mardi Gras Festival happen in the Cape area with all types of festivities like a parade, masquerade balls, outdoor entertainment, and pub crawls. Cape Girardeau has a rich French heritage and is located near the second largest mardi gras party in the county. We think a family-style mardi gras celebration in Cape would enhance the cultural offerings of the community and bring thousands of people from the region into the city. People think mardi gras is about risque behavior and excessive drinking, however most Mardi Gras celebrations have pet parades, floats, live music, food vendors, and are very family-oriented.
This year is a step in the direction of a city wide festival which we hope to see happen with the help of many other interested parties in the community.”
This year the party promises to be bigger and better than last. The Stacy Mitchhart Band will be returning from Nashville, Tennessee with an authentic blues music experience. The buffet includes shrimp tempura, beef wellington, cheese and fruit appetizers, and cheesecake for dessert. Costumes are strongly encouraged as there will be a costume parade and contest. Mardi Gras colors and masks are the general dress-up, but any costumes and krewe themes are welcomed. Patrons can compete for best-dressed individual, or get a group together for the best-dressed krewe. At the end of the contest a couple will be crowned Mardi Gras King and Queen. Each winner receives a special prize.
A new event coming to the masquerade is dance lessons. Guests who are unsure about entering the dance floor can learn the Zydeco Two-Step before the live music begins. The lesson will be led by LaKrisha Graf of On Cue Performing Arts Studio.
There will also be a photobooth where partygoers can have their pictures taken for free. Along with food and music, each ticket also comes with a free drink, and an amazing Mardi Gras experience.
Click here to view the photo album of last year's celebration.
Tickets must be purchased in advance. Discount tickets are available here until January 23, after that they can be purchased here at regular price until January 25. For ticket details, or to purchase tickets after January 25 call Wes Wade at (573) 225-2101.
If you can't make it to the masquerade or had so much fun you want more, attend the Fat Tuesday Pub Crawl on February 9. Learn more about the Mardi Gras festivities at capemardigras.com.