Here is the Press Release for Mardi Gras 2011!!  This is going to be a ground-breaking event!!

It’s time Springfield let the good times roll! With much involvement from the art and business community of Historic C-Street, Springfield’s first official Mardi Gras Celebration is set to kick off on Saturday, March 5th. Organizers plan to bring a little bit of Bourbon Street to the Queen City!

Eight venues will feature a variety of entertainment options for the low cost of $5 in advance at participating venues or $7 the day of the event.  Participating venues include Alchemy..a Salon, Big Momma’s, LemonDrop, Lindberg’s, Ruthie’s, Savor & The Loft Martini Lounge, the Savoy Ballroom and Q Enoteca Wine Bar.

At 6pm. Commercial Street will come alive with street performers and a live stage show featuring music from Black Box Revue and street activities such as face-painting and vendors. Registration for the “Push, Pull, Pedal” parade benefiting the Ozark Greenways Association and sponsored by Queen City Cycles, begins at 6pm with the parade starting at 6:30pm.  The main stage will feature a Drag Show beginning at 7:30pm.  All eight venues will also open simultaneously at 6 PM, inviting revelers to visit from each at their leisure.

Entertainment options range from live music by Flat Iron at The Loft at Savor, and Kaps & Stems at Alchemy…a Salon, to Q Enoteca – featuring Canto 17 and The Old Grey Whistle Test, an engaging variety show featuring comedy and magic! Lindberg’s will serve Hurricanes to bring New Orleans flavor to the street, and a Cajun menu at Big Momma’s will tempt the taste-buds including chicory coffee and gumbo all week. Ruthie’s will be hosting karaoke and LemonDrop is hosting live model body-painting by area artists!  The Savoy Ballroom will open their doors for a masquerade/costume ball at 8 PM.  Pedicabs will be available all evening .

Starting at 10pm, Lindberg’s will feature local band, Belladonna and a Burlesque revue by Springfield’s own Cherry Bomb Burlesque.   Q Enoteca will also be featuring live jazz beginning at 10pm.

All venues will offer wristbands for sale prior to the event, as well as the evening of March 5th.

For details please contact Paulette or Sa’dia at Alchemy..a Salon, (417) 864-4490 or and .