Durham gives New Orleans a run for its money with own Mardi Gras celebration

February 7, 2013 by  

Durham is preparing for its own Mardi Gras celebration and is taking its lead from the undisputed Mardi Gras capitol of the U.S., New Orleans, while adding its own North Carolina flavor.

The first event on the 2013 Bull City Mardi Gras calendar was a costume ball held on Friday, February 1, and hosted by the Krewe of Ariadne. That was only the beginning, however – there is more fun and revelry to come.

A krewe is an organization that hosts a Mardi Gras parade, float, or ball for the Carnival Season. New Orleans Krewes are often offshoots of social aid and pleasure clubs which themselves grew out of benevolent societies. Ideally, in the years to come, the number of Durham krewes will increase and the Bull City’s Mardi Gras celebration will grow as a result.

Durham residents who wish to participate may attend an event on February 9, when a music and costume-making event will be held at Motorco Music Hall. From 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, the music and costume creating will be geared toward children, while the 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm session will be less so. The live music continues until midnight. The Scrap Exchange, in partnership with the Music Exploratorium will provide the costume materials.

The 2013 Bull City Mardi Gras Parade will commence at 7:00 pm on Feb.12 (Fat Tuesday). With the large crowds expected, local enterprises should seize this opportunity to drum up business by contacting printing companies for flyers and banners to attract the attention of revelers.