Celebrate Mardi Gras in Style in Eureka Springs

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Eureka Springs celebrates Mardi Gras in style throughout the month of February. One of the events is Taste of New Orleans held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 11 at Lovin Oven at the Quarter on Ark. 62 east. Enjoy Café au lait and beignets, and Krazo 2nd Line dancing with decorated umbrellas. The cost is $2 per serving.

The Hookers and Jokers Masquerade Ball is set for Feb. 16 at the Inn of the Ozarks best Western Convention Center. The ball takes place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and includes a cash bar, buffet, and costume themes with prizes. Music will be by jazz and blues ensemble Cherry Brooks. The cost is $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

Feb. 17 is the date for the Krewe of Krazo Coronation Ball at the 1886 Crescent Hotel Crystal Ballroom. The ball and masquerade dance takes place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wear formal attire or costume and see the king and queen, royal court promenade, and grand march. The event features a champagne supper buffet and live entertainment. Attendance is by reservation only at a cost of $35.

The 7th annual Krewe of Krazo Float Parade rolls through downtown Eureka Springs at 2 p.m. on Feb. 18. Krewe of Krazo will lead the Eureka Gras Parade with its 2012 theme of “My-O-Mayan.” Other walking groups include Krewe of Kidz, and Krewe of Barkus canine parade. All Eurekans and visitors are asked to dress out and join in the parade. At 3:30 p.m., the annual Krazo Kostume Kontest gets underway at new Delhi Café on Main Street. At 7 p.m. that evening is the Beaux Arts Masquerade Ball at the Basin Park Hotel Barefoot Ballroom. Admission is $25.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 19 you can meet and greet the king and queen of Mardi Gras at a Champagne Jazz Brunch in the Crescent Hotel Crystal Dining Room. The cost is $30 and includes the brunch, Crescent Jazz Ensemble, and a 2nd Line dance with decorated umbrellas. Call 479-253-9766 or 877-342-9766 for reservations.

Eureka Gras 2nd Line Krazo Krawl is at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 21 starting at Pied Piper Tavern and traveling down Main and Spring streets. Saint ‘Lizbeth’s King Cake Ball and Dinner is also on the 21st. From 1 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. enjoy a Cajun dinner, live music by Naturally Brass, a cash bar, and Eureka Springs’ largest King Cake. Tickets in advance are $45 per couple or $25 for individuals.

Visit www.Krazo.Ureeka.Org or call 479-981-9551 for details.

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