Eureka Springs Mardi Gras
Let the good times roll when you celebrate Mardi Gras in the Ozarks!
Since 2006, Eureka Springs has joined the celebration of Fat Tuesday, complete with its own krewes and a parade–ours is on the Saturday before Mardi Gras (February 18 this year) to provide time for people to enjoy the spectacle. (Mardi Gras itself is on February 21.)
Eureka Springs Mardi Gras started with Krewe Krazo (Ozark spelled backward), founded by New Orleans native Dan Ellis, who relocated to Eureka Springs after Hurricane Katrina. Ellis’s one-car, bead-throwing parade has grown every year into one of the Ozarks’ biggest parties. This year will be the biggest yet! Join the crowds for the Ozarks’ biggest Mardi Gras celebration!
Like their New Orleans relatives, Eureka Springs’ six Mardi Gras krewes host Mardi Gras balls, ride on parade floats and participate in social events during the year.
Stake out your base of operations for your favorite Mardi Gras events by reserving a room at Eureka Springs hotels in the thick of things, such as the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, the Grand Central Hotel or, of course, the New Orleans Hotel. You can find other accommodations, such as the Inn of the Ozarks, for easy access to the festivities.
The Eureka Springs Mardi Gras parade marks the end of Carnival, during which krewes host numerous events, including the coronation of their own kings and queens. Carnival kicks off on January 6 this year, when Krewe du Kork beads their tree on Spring Street.
Join the fun by taking part in the other krewe-sponsored events leading up to Mari Gras:
Krewe of Krazo Kingsday Kickoff (January 7): The official kickoff of Mardi Gras season takes place on Saturday afternoon as a ticketed event in the conservatory of the historic Crescent Hotel and Spa. Come dressed in your Mardi Gras finery for the first public presentation of the 2023 Royal Court.
Krewe of Krazo Taste of N’Awlins (January 14): Follow the Second Line through Basin Park to Jack Rabbett’s Whisky Bar at the 1905 Basin Park Hotel for an afternoon of jazz, a cash bar and some of the foods that made New Orleans famous. Admission is $20 at the door. Come dressed in purple, green and gold!
Krewe du Kork Steampunk Benefit Wine Dinner (January 28): Founded in 2022, Eureka Springs’ newest krewe hosts famed Arkansas chef Jonny Streety at the new Basecamp event venue to benefit the Eureka Springs Historical Museum.
Krewe of Barkus Coronation (January 31): Dogs and dog lovers come together in this krewe to crown their canine royalty and show off their Mardi Gras attire. The Krewe of Barkus leads the Eureka Springs Mardi Gras parade.
Krewe of Krazo Night Parade (February 11): When the sun goes down, the lights come up on the annual Mardi Gras night parade, complete with lighted floats, royal courts, marching bands and more!
ESSA Arti-Gras Palette to Palate (February 16): Join Eureka Springs School of the Arts for this special event to create your own piece of Mardi Gras art. Each guest will use an 11×14 canvas to make their own mask-themed artwork customized with feathers, beads and materials of their choice. Tickets include instruction, two glasses of wine, art materials and light hors d’oeuvres.
Krewe of Krazo Masquerade Ball (February 17): The Inn of the Ozarks hosts this year’s ball put on by Eureka Springs’ oldest Mardi Gras krewe. The theme is “Ancient Roman Legends.” Tickets are going fast.
Krewe of Krazo Day Parade (February 18): The Ozarks’ biggest Mardi Gras parade fills downtown with flying beads and throngs of excited parade-goers. The 90-minute, family-friendly parade features elaborate floats, marching bands and more.
The New Delhi Café Costume Party (February 18): Keep the good times rolling with the parade after-party at The New Delhi Café. Bring your costume and revel in this Eureka Springs tradition.
Jazz Brunch (February 19): Eureka Springs’ historic Crescent Hotel hosts its renowned jazz brunch featuring bellini cocktails along with classic New Orleans dishes, such as etouffee, gumbo, red beans and rice, and a crawfish boil.
Krewe du Kork Lundi Gras Red Beans & Rice (February 20): Indulge in this New Orleans staple but let someone else do the laundry day cooking! Join the Krewe du Kork for this traditional meal at Basecamp Casual Dining and Coffee.
Eureka Springs Fat Tuesday at Gravel Bar at Wanderoo Lounge (February 21): Close out Mardi Gras with a classic hurricane drink or King Cake martini when you join the party at Gravel Bar. Bring your mask, beads and costume for a night of cocktails, craft beers, and blues and jazz by Los Roscoes.
Krewe de la Joie Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Masquerade Party (February 21): Dazzle the crowd with your finest frockery when you embrace the theme of this year’s event, “Anything Goes,” during the gathering at Best Western Inn of the Ozarks. Admission is $55 for krewe members and $65 for non-members.