Mardi Gras in the Mountains

Posted on February 03, 2016

Red River just received several inches of fresh powder thanks to a big winter storm, just in time for our the Mardi Gras celebrations.

Red River will go into full carnival-mode for Mardi Gras in the Mountains. This year's theme is the Roaring 20's and festivities include costume balls, bead tossing, Cajun and Creole food, parades, costume contests, crawfish boils, and so much more. The week kicks off with the Burning of the Loup-garou, a fictional character that has become the mascot of the Mardi Gras in the Mountains. Much like Santa Fe's Zozobra, Loup-garou is set on fire as party goers write down their worries and troubles and throw them into the blaze. Gather your family and friends, aka. your "krewe", because more is merrier during this exciting week in Red River.

Mardi Gras in the Mountains
February 4-9, 2016

Week-long party goes non-stop with events including costume balls, bead tossing, singing and dancing, parades, kids costume contest, cajun cooking, burning of the Loup-garou, crawfish boils, downhill gator race, and more. Live music nightly at the Motherlode Saloon, Bull o' the Woods and the Lost Love Saloon. The big events to plan for are:

Krewe Krawl

Burning of the Loup-Garou

Opening Ball and Cajun Feast

Drink Making Contest

Kowboy Krewe Ball

Mardi Gras Main Street Parade

Torchlight Parade

Krewe de Geiger Grand Ball & Costume Contest

Children's Ball

Krewe de Rouge Ball

Krewe de Voodoo Ball

Pirate Krewe Ball

Mardi Gras Awards Ceremony

For more info and a detailed schedule of events, visit