From ukuleles to accordions, from trumpets to washboards, the spirit of Mardi Gras will fill the streets of downtown Grand Rapids this February. Would you like to be an intricate part of this year's Mardi Gras celebration downtown Grand Rapids?! On Tuesday, February 12, twelve downtown establishments will be participating in this year's annual Mardi Gras celebration! We want YOU to be a part of the numerous wandering minstrels and other street performers that will walk among restaurants downtown, from 6:00 - 9:00pm, earning $75 per person! In celebration of Fat Tuesday, the Arena District will be partnering with Grand Rapids' most celebrated hospitality venues to create a festive Mardi Gras experience, featuring music, beads, food and drink specials, a best-decorated bar contest, and more.
The celebration will be held on Fat Tuesday, February 12, 2013, from 6:00 - 10:00pm, at twelve different downtown establishments, including The B.O.B., Rockwell/Republic, McFaddens, HopCat, Stella's Lounge, CityFlatsHotel's CitySen Lounge, Louis Benton's LB's Lounge, and the new Grand Rapids Brewing Co. More than thirty musicians, entertainers, fire performers, and wandering minstrels will perform from venue to venue.
Creolization, a high energy, improvisational, Zydeco-influenced band made up of a revolving roster of West Michigan musicians, will play in the Gallery at Bar Divani. Guitarist and community leader, Jimmie Stagger will also be performing in the Gallery at Bar Divani. Based out of Lansing, Zydecrunch will perform a lively mix of rhythm and blues, cajun, Creole, and blues, fused with rock and roll at The B.O.B. The B.O.B. is also home to the famous Gumbo Challenge, starting at 4:00pm. The celebration is geared to bring downtown together and encourage partakers to visit various venues throughout the evening. Food and drink specials will be featured at all participating venues starting Friday, February 8 and running until Fat Tuesday.
The musical flavor and flair of New Orleans will be made possible through a $3,000 grant awarded to Arena District from the Downtown Development Authority, which will fund the musicians. The benefit of the grant also ensures all events for Fat Tuesday will be free and open to the public.