All About Provo Mardi Gras {2015}

This year will be Provo's first Mardi Gras Masquerade! We are pulling out all the stops. We've even hired event planner born and raised in New Orleans! Now you know this party is authentic.

Tuesday, February 17, 7-10pm

Provo Recreation Center: Dance Hall
Tickets: $10 per person OR $18 per couple 
(masks included with ticket courtesy of Google Fiber)
Age: 17+

Keep reading to learn more about the event. And follow the links to begin your Mardi Gras experience!

What will happen at the event?
After disembarking at Port D'Orleans, you'll walk right into the French Quarter, at the heart of New Orleans. You'll be formally welcomed by the masked party hosts and invited to have your photo taken at the photo booth. Pick up your beads and stride down Rue Mascarade (French for Masquerade Street). Here you can learn a bit about the rich history of Mardi Gras before entering the dance hall.

Enter the Dance Hall with your mask on, no unadorned faces here. House of Melk will be posted on the stage as both DJ and thrower of beads. Beneath the outlandish decor, enjoy dancing, mocktails (southern style of course), New Orleans style cuisine, and prize giveaway. Need a break from dancing? Get your fortune told by Les Madames du Bayou. Eat king cake to see if you are the King of Mardi Gras. 

What's King Cake? Find out here.
Listen to DJ House of Melk's beats here.

Why February 17?

The Mardi Gras Masquarade is on Febuary 17, the last day of Carnival (celebrated in many Roman Catholic areas around the world). Mardi Gras (or Fat Tuesday) marks the last day before Ash Wednesday and the start of lent, a period marked by fasting or giving up certain luxuries.

Click here to see the details of the Venice Carnival 2015

How can I win beads?

You can get beads several different ways. Be the best dancer on the dance floor, bring the most impressive mask or costume, or participate in designated activities: try the King cake or have your fortune told. There will be plenty of beads for everyone.

Find out more about Mardi Gras traditions by clicking here.

What should we wear?

Semi-formal is requested, but you can dress as formal and fancy as you wish. If you are dying to wear that ball gown or tux gathering dust in your closet, this is the time to break it out. And of course, masks are highly encouraged. This is a Masquerade after all!

Do I need to bring my own mask?

Google Fiber has provided the first 200 ticket holders with a free mask (pick up with ticket purchase). Another reason to buy your ticket now before the masks run out!

Of course, you may also make your own mask. We've compiled a list of different methods of making your very own mask

  • To make the casting of your mask using paper towels and glue click here, or for gauze click here
  • To make a lace mask click here
  • To make a decorated paper mask click here

Will food be served?

Qu'ils mangent du gateau! (Let them eat cake!) What is a Mardi Gras without food? We will be serving New Orleans style cuisine. This includes: hush puppies, beignets, jambalaya, and gumbo.
Find out what jambalaya is by clicking here 

How do I buy tickets?

You can buy tickets at the Recreation Center front desk or the day of the event. The tickets are limited, so don't wait too long to purchase. 

Will there be child care?

Yes. Child care will be provided from 7-10 pm if requested with ticket purchase. Children may be ages 6 months to 8 years old. This service is included with ticket purchase but must be requested in advance.

Looking for more information?
mdunn@provo.org or elayland@provo.org

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