Mardi Gras Red River Style

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Are you coming to Red River for the annual Mardi Gras celebration?  Events run from Thursday February 12th until Fat Tuesday, February 17th.  The town of Red River has put together a great calendar of events this year including: costume balls, bead tossing, singing and dancing, Cajun and Creole gourmet delights, parades, kids costume contest, cajun cook-off, crawfish boils, downhill gator race, great deals and more!

If you are looking for a place to say we still have rooms available and would love for you to join us in the celebration!  Don’t forget to pack your beads.

For full event details and times please visit the the official event website.

The Highlights


When: Thursday 7:00 pm
Where: Motherlode Saloon

The Wild Tchopitoulas is a fictional character that serves as a mascot for Mardi Gras in the Mountains. Mardi Gras kicks off with a foot parade down Main Street (Krewe Krawl) leading the Tchopitoulas to his final moments. Spectators are encouraged to write down their troubles and worries and toss them into the fire as the Tchopitoulas is burning. Once that is done, Mardi Gras in the Mountains can officially begin!


When: Friday 7:30 pm
Where: Motherlode Saloon

In what has become one of the most competitive events during Mardi Gras in the Mountains, various krewes show off their abilities to make a great drink and put on an even better show. Judges for the drink contest are often chosen at random before the contest begins, so get there early to find a seat and be entered in the drawing. Each krewe is judged on their presentation, actual drink, and overall performance.


When: Saturday 4:00 pm
Where: Main Street Red River

Red River’s Mardi Gras krewes, local businesses, and various families and individuals participate with wild floats and elaborate costumes, as spectators line both sides of Main Street cheering for beads and candy. This is when much of the creativity surrounding the annual theme come out.


When: Saturday 7:00 pm
Where: Motherlode Saloon

Though there is a costume ball each night during Mardi Gras, the Grand Ball is the most magnificent of them all. Everyone is invited to the Red River Conference Center for live zydeco music, dancing, and the official Mardi Gras costume contest. Dress up for your chance to win Chamber Cash from the Chamber of Commerce (good at any chamber member in Red River).


When: Sunday 6:45 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Black Mountain Playhouse

Red River is known for it’s family friendly atmosphere year-round so it’s only fitting that we have a ball especially for kids. Kids are also encouraged to wear their costumes and beads!


When: Tuesday 6:00 pm
Where: Timbers Restaurant

Get your taste buds ready for this fun event! Everyone is welcome to enter and show off their Cajun cooking skills, or just come have a beer and sample the tasty treats. There is no fee to enter and you could win fantastic prizes! Call the Chamber of Commerce to register at (575)-754-2366.