Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler on Little Rock’s South Main Street

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For such a short month, February brings a lot of activity: Black History Month, Mardi Gras, and Valentine’s Day.

Little Rock’s South Main Street is home to the family-friendly annual Mardi Gras Parade. Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, which refers to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday.

SoMa Mardi Gras Dog

The colorful carnival is comprised of floats, cars, beauty queens, marching bands, walking groups and anyone else who wants to take part. Put on your best beads, paint your face purple, green and gold, and come have some fun. It takes place rain or shine; however, snow is another matter. The route for the fun is on South Main from 24th Street to 12th Street.

Immediately after the parade ends, The Root Cafe has an annual Beard and Mustache Contest. Location for the competition is the Bernice Garden located at Daisy Bates and South Main.

While you’re in the area, check out the restaurants, shops and other businesses that comprise this picturesque and historic neighborhood.