Eureka Springs Mardi Gras Names Grand Marshal

Jill M. Rohrbach
Joe Davide Rice, tourism director

Mardi Gras isn’t until March, but you might want to get this parade event on your calendar and go ahead and book a room in anticipation of the 2011 Eureka Gras Mardi Gras parade beginning at 2 p.m. on March 5 in Eureka Springs. The grand marshal will be Joe David Rice, tourism director for the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. Rice, along with his wife Tracey, will lead the parade and be honored at two the traditional masquerade balls starting March 3.

This Mardi Gras celebration gets in full swing with the annual Hookers and Jokers Ball on March 3. It ends on March 8 with the King Cake Ball and Mardi Gras Dinner. For details on this year’s Eureka Gras Mardi Gras Extravaganza go online at or call 479-981-9551.

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