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.