‘Long Beach Mardi Gras at Rainbow Harbor’ Returns March 5th
2011-01-31 · By Editor
Mardi Gras conjures up images of masks, beads, parades, music, fun, and… Long Beach. Yes, Long Beach! Mardi Gras returns as an all day event to downtown Long Beach with the ‘Long Beach Mardi Gras at Rainbow Harbor’ on March 5, 2011! For the fourth year in a row, everyone can get a taste of a New Orleans style Mardi Gras with all day celebrations around Rainbow Harbor, including the return of the Long Beach Mardi Gras Parade, and activities and entertainment at Shoreline Village, the Pike and the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Before the parade, free family-friendly entertainment kicks off the festival with the Mardi Gras Kids Zone at the Pike, pre-parade entertainment at Bubba Gump, and other musical and art performances around the Harbor. Throughout the festival, Mardi Gras fun stations will feature mask-making, bead-making, face painting and other fun activities to get everyone in the spirit of Mardi Gras.
The Long Beach Mardi Gras Parade is scheduled to roll from the Aquarium of the Pacific at 3 pm, and will feature hundreds of costumed and decorated parade-goers. Last year’s inaugural parade was a hit with over 300 participants strolling, dancing, biking and strutting their stuff around the Harbor, throwing beads to the crowd and entertaining onlookers. The party kicks up a notch after the parade at the Shoreline Village “Party Gras”! Parade participants will roll right into the post-parade party at Shoreline Village, where live music, dancing, art displays, a beer garden, Louisiana inspired food and drink and lots of beads will turn the parking lot at Shoreline Village into Bourbon Street West! Costumes and masks are encouraged and everyone is invited to enter the Mardi Gras costume contest where prizes will be awarded for the best-dressed!
Also added this year is the Long Beach Mardi Gras Artist Village, an area featuring local artist’s displays, live art and music to spotlight and celebrate the cultural contributions of this community festival.
Mardi Gras should go well into the night as local restaurants and bars will be hosting special Mardi Gras menus, specials and after parties to keep the celebrations going.