Mardi Gras Weekend Festivities, March 5-6

Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball

  • Featuring the Holcomb Bros. Band
  • (Traditional Cajun food available)
  • Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, Historic Downtown Nevada City
  • Saturday, March 5, 2011, Hours:  8-midnight
  • Tickets $10 advance/$15 at the door  (advance tickets recommended)
  • 265-2692 or www.nevadacitychamber.com

Mardi Gras Parade

  • (Premier Mardi Gras celebration in the Sierra foothills)
  • Broad Street, Historic Downtown Nevada City
  • Sunday, March 6, 2011 at 2 p.m.
  • Free Event for the Whole Family.  Dress in your finest Mardi Gras attire!

Mardi Gras Street Faire

  • North Pine Street, Historic Downtown Nevada City
  • Sunday, March 6, 2011, Hours: 11-4
  • Food, drink, craft, clothing vendors.

Call for Entries for Mardi Gras Parade, March 6

The Nevada City Mardi Gras Parade is known for its colorful, off-the-wall and often zany parade entries.  You can be part of this year’s fun.

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce has announced that entries are open for this year’s parade, which is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, Mar. 6, in historic downtown Nevada City.

The $25 entry fee applies to individuals, groups, marching bands, floats, classic cars, equestrians and all other entries.  Applications are available from the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at 132 Main Street.  Call 265-2692.

Chamber officials are reminding participants that safety will be a priority at the family parade.  There is no throwing of beads and trinkets to the crowd (items must be handed), no water will be sprayed and all motorized vehicles will be monitored for safety.

Gerry and Denise Anderson Named King and Queen of NC Mardi Gras

Denise & Gerry Anderson, Mardi Gras 2010Longtime Nevada City Chamber of Commerce boosters Gerry and Denise Anderson have been named as King and Queen of the 2010 Nevada City Mardi Gras Celebration.

Ray and Linda Pullizi of Nevada City have been named as Duke and Duchess for this year’s event.  The selections were announced this week by the Nevada City Mardi Gras Committee.

The honorees will join Parade Grand Marshal Bob Breck of KNCO Radio as featured guests in the 2010 Nevada City Mardi Gras Parade on Sunday, Feb. 14.  The parade rolls down Broad Street beginning at 2 p.m.

For nearly 20 years, the Andersons have been among the chamber’s most active and enthusiastic volunteers, said Executive Manager Cathy Whittlesey.

“They’re always there when you need them,” said Whittlesey.  “They’re the kind of people who roll up their sleeves and get the job done.  They always have smiles on their faces.  Their hearts are truly in Nevada City.”

Denise Anderson, who pursued a career in banking, served for 17 years as the Nevada City Chamber’s treasurer.  Gerry Anderson, a self-employed contractor, helps with special event organization and has lent his construction skills at the chamber office.

The Pulizzis have been very active volunteer supporters of Mardi Gras in recent years.  They and fellow members of the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club are among the event’s most avid supporters.

Mardi Gras weekend kicks off Feb. 13 with the annual Masquerade Ball at Miners Foundry, featuring the Holcomb Brothers Band.  Tickets are $10 in advance and (if available) $15 at the door.  Contact the sponsoring Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at 265-2692 or www.nevadacitychamber.com.

Mardi Gras Celebration in Historic Nevada City

Mardi Gras Celebration
in Historic Nevada City
NEVADA CITY –  Gaily masked characters, pirates, Cajun cookin’ and midwinter fun come to the Sierra foothills Feb. 13-14 as Mardi Gras 2010 is celebrated with Old West style in historic Nevada City.
Nevada City’s main drag, Broad Street, becomes a West Coast Bourbon Street as merry spectators fill the downtown historic district for the annual Mardi Gras parade.
The Sunday afternoon Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) family parade moves down Broad Street beginning at 2 p.m.   Colorfully masked and costumed characters and societies ride, march, dance and strut through an appreciative crowd, handing out beads, trinkets, bangles and more.  Everyone is encouraged to wear their own festive Mardi Gras attire.
This year’s 18th annual celebration kicks off on Saturday night (Feb. 13) with the annual Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball in historic Miners Foundry at 325 Spring Street. The masquerade ball runs from 8 p.m. to midnight and features dancing to the live southern rock of the Holcomb Brothers Band.   Traditional Cajun food will be available, including Cajun sausage sandwiches, chicken and sausage gumbo, Manuale prawns, southern style cole slaw, red beans and rice and bread pudding.
Masquerade ball tickets are only $10 in advance and (if available) $15 at the door.  The event usually sells out so advance tickets are recommended.  Contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at 132 Main Street, call (530) 265-2692 or (800) 655-NJOY.
Activities surrounding Sunday’s free family parade include a Mardi Gras Street Faire from 11- 4 p.m. Food, drink, craft and clothing vendors will set up booths on North Pine and Commercial streets, with plenty of room for families with children and baby strollers.
Nevada City is known for its classic small town spirit and lively community events.   With a population of just 3,000, Nevada City swells to thousands more for the annual Mardi Gras celebration.
Visitors should plan to arrive early to get a good vantage point along the parade route.  Out-of-town visitors should book local accommodations early.
Nevada City is located on the scenic western slope of the Sierra, midway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe.  From Sacramento, take eastbound Interstate 80 to Auburn and Highway 49 north to Nevada City.  From Marysville and the north valley, take eastbound State Route 20.  From Reno, take westbound I-80 and westbound State Route 20.
Sponsors of the 2010 event include KNCO  News Talk Radio & Star 94 FM, The Grass Valley Union, Waste Management, SPD Supermarkets, Nevada City Winery, Nor Cal Beverage, Distributor of Budweiser & Bud Light; Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, brewer of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale; The National Hotel, McGee’s Annex, The Boozefighters Motorcycle Club, Charter 6 of Grass Valley, Larry and Glady Birdsong, Northern Queen Inn, Best Western Gold Country Inn, Bonanza Oriental Gifts and Auburn Printers.

Mardi Gras Drummers 2005NEVADA CITY –  Gaily masked characters, pirates, Cajun cookin’ and midwinter fun come to the Sierra foothills Feb. 13-14 as Mardi Gras 2010 is celebrated with Old West style in historic Nevada City.

Nevada City’s main drag, Broad Street, becomes a West Coast Bourbon Street as merry spectators fill the downtown historic district for the annual Mardi Gras parade.

The Sunday afternoon Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) family parade moves down Broad Street beginning at 2 p.m.   Colorfully masked and costumed characters and societies ride, march, dance and strut through an appreciative crowd, handing out beads, trinkets, bangles and more.  Everyone is encouraged to wear their own festive Mardi Gras attire.

This year’s 18th annual celebration kicks off on Saturday night (Feb. 13) with the annual Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball in historic Miners Foundry at 325 Spring Street. The masquerade ball runs from 8 p.m. to midnight and features dancing to the live southern rock of the Holcomb Brothers Band.   Traditional Cajun food will be available, including Cajun sausage sandwiches, chicken and sausage gumbo, Manuale prawns, southern style cole slaw, red beans and rice and bread pudding.

Masquerade ball tickets are only $10 in advance and (if available) $15 at the door.  The event usually sells out so advance tickets are recommended.  Contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at 132 Main Street, call (530) 265-2692 or (800) 655-NJOY.

Activities surrounding Sunday’s free family parade include a Mardi Gras Street Faire from 11- 4 p.m. Food, drink, craft and clothing vendors will set up booths on North Pine and Commercial streets, with plenty of room for families with children and baby strollers.

Nevada City is known for its classic small town spirit and lively community events.   With a population of just 3,000, Nevada City swells to thousands more for the annual Mardi Gras celebration.

Visitors should plan to arrive early to get a good vantage point along the parade route.  Out-of-town visitors should book local accommodations early.

Nevada City is located on the scenic western slope of the Sierra, midway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. From Sacramento, take eastbound Interstate 80 to Auburn and Highway 49 north to Nevada City.  From Marysville and the north valley, take eastbound State Route 20.  From Reno, take westbound I-80 and westbound State Route 20.

Sponsors of the 2010 event include KNCO  News Talk Radio & Star 94 FM, The Grass Valley Union, Waste Management, SPD Supermarkets, Nevada City Winery, Nor Cal Beverage, Distributor of Budweiser & Bud Light; Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, brewer of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale; The National Hotel, McGee’s Annex, The Boozefighters Motorcycle Club, Charter 6 of Grass Valley, Larry and Glady Birdsong, Northern Queen Inn, Best Western Gold Country Inn, Bonanza Oriental Gifts and Auburn Printers.

Mardi Gras Parade & Street Faire

26th Anniversary Celebration of Nevada City’s Annual

Mardi Gras Parade & Street Faire 

The 26th anniversary of Nevada City’s annual Mardi Gras Celebration is set to happen on Sunday February 18, 2018. The annual event, hosted by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, features a colorful & festive parade & street faire throughout the streets of historic downtown Nevada City.

The Street Faire on N. Pine & Commercial Streets will be open from 11am-4pm. Beads, masks and Mardi Gras shirts will be available for sale, along with a wide array of vendors selling food, drinks, crafts & more!

Spectators will crowd the streets to enjoy the floats & revelers at the 26th annual Mardi Gras Parade, 2pm on Broad Street, Nevada City. Everyone is encouraged to attend in festive Mardi Gras attire.

Every Year the Mardi Gras Planning Committee chooses 4 individuals that have impacted our community positively to serve as the Mardi Gras King & Queen and the Grand Duke & Grand Duchess. The committee also honors a Grand Marshal, who leads the parade in a horse drawn carriage.

View the 2018 Mardi Gras Parade