Mardi Gras Parade & Street Faire

Join us Sunday, February 19, 2023 for the Nevada City Mardi Gras Festivities!

Parade starts at 2pm | Street Fair from 12pm-4pm


Nevada City’s annual Mardi Gras Celebration is set for Sunday, February 19, 2023. The annual event features a festive parade and Street Fair throughout historic downtown Nevada City, offering up spirited fun for all ages

Nevada City has been known to throw a party and its version of Fat Tuesday is no exception! People come just for this colorful annual event that lights up the streets with bright costumes, beads and a sense of playfulness.

For the first time, the Nevada City Mardi Gras Celebration and the Wild & Scenic Film Festival Fall on the same weekend. We are excited to partner with the WSFF for an exciting weekend full of events. The theme of this year’s Mardi Gras celebration is aligned with the Film Festival to celebrate “CommUNITY”.

Come early for lunch and shopping. The joint Mardi Gras and Wild & Scenic Street Fair on N. Pine Street will be open from 12pm-4pm, you can find accessories for your perfect costume, shop hand-made gifts, eco-vendors, masks, food, drinks, and more.

Spectators will crowd the streets to enjoy the floats and revelers at the annual Mardi Gras Parade, which starts at 2pm on Broad Street. Everyone is encouraged to wear festive Mardi Gras attire.

Along with the fun, Nevada City also honors noteworthy citizens for their contributions to the community. Each year the Mardi Gras Planning Committee chooses four (4) individuals that have impacted Nevada City’s community positively to serve as the Mardi Gras King and Queen and the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess. The committee also honors a Grand Marshal, who leads the parade.

We acknowledge and appreciate the support provided by the County of Nevada and the American Rescue Plan for support for this and previous 2022 events including Victorian Christmas, Constitution Day, 4th of July, and EarthFest.

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Images provided by Curtis Gruss Photography. Any reproduction or other usage must include acknowledgement of photographer.