Eureka Gras Mardi Gras

Eureka Gras Mardi Gras

Eureka Gras - Mardi Gras 7th Annual -- 2012 Calendar Schedule

7th Annual Kings Day Mardi Gras Kick Off
Sat, January 7, 2012 -- 5pm - 'til
Rowdy Beaver Restaurant and Tavern
King and Queen and members of the Royal Court consisting of Dukes and Duchesses will be introduced.
Free food and music for anyone masked or in costume.
King Cakes served for dessert.
Open to the General Public

Christening of the Floats
Sat, Jan 28, 2012 -- 3 pm
Rowdy Beaver Restaurant & Tavern
Party up with the Floats on Display

Taste of N'Awlins
Sat, Feb 11, 2012 -- 4 pm
Rowdy Beaver -- w. Van Buren
Cafe' au Lait and Beignets
Second Lining with King and Queen
Lights & Sound Night Parade
Sat, Feb 11, 2012 -- 6pm
Downtown Eureka
Eureka Gras Mardi Gras Hookers & Jokers Ball
Thurs, Feb 16, 2012 -- 6pm - 10pm
Hookers and Jokers Ball at 6pm -- Cash Bar
Inn of the Ozarks Best Western Convention Center
Costume Themes: Hookers, Jokers, MyOMyan
Tickets: 479-981-9551 -- Seats are Limited
Music by "All That Jazz" combo
Costume Contests with prizes
Creole Cuisine Buffet
Admission: $20 or $25 at the Door

Eureka Gras Mardi Gras Coronation Masquerade Ball
Fri, Feb 17, 2012 -- 6pm to 10pm
Crescent Hotel - Crystal Ballroom
Coronation Ball and Masquerade Dance
Formal attire or costume. King and Queen and Royal Court Promenade and Grand March.
This New Orleans style Mardi Gras Tableau is awesome.
By reservation only 479-253-9766 or 877-342-9766. Champagne supper buffet featuring "Jazz Five"
Admission: $35

7th Annual Eureka Gras Mardi Gras Parade
Sat, Feb 18, 2012 --- 2 pm
Downtown Spring and Main Streets
Parade rolls at 2 p.m. in downtown Eureka Springs.
Krewe of Krazo will lead the Eureka Gras Parade.
Theme "My-O-Mayan"
Other walking groups include "Krewe of Kidz"
"Krewe of Barkus" canine parade
"ALL Eurekans and visitors" are asked to "Dress-out!" and join in the parade.

Annual Krazo Kostume Kontest
New Delhi Cafe --- 3:30 pm til
Cash prizes for best costume.
Admission: Free

Beux Arts Ball -- Masquerade Ball
Sat, Feb 18, 2011 -- 6 pm
Basin Park Hotel Barefoot Ballroom
Tickets: $25 -- 479-253-7837

Mardi Gras Champagne Jazz Brunch
Sun, Feb 19, 2012 -- 11am until 2pm
Crescent Hotel Crystal Dining Room
Meet and Greet the King and Queen
Crescent Jazz Ensemble
Reservations: 479-253-9766 or 877-342-9766

Arti Gras Artist's ShowCase
Sun, Mon, Feb. 19, 20, 2012
Tastefully Risque and Salaciously Devine Art
Artists Reception -- Mon, Feb 20 -- 6 -8 p.m.
TBA -- Open to Public
Special Silent Auction on Mardi Gras Masques by Artists

7th Annual Eureka Gras 2nd Line Krazo Krawl
February 21, 2012 -- 4:30 pm
Downtown on Main and Spring streets
Mardi Gras Day, Krazo"Second Line" Krawl.
Rendezvous at 4:00 p.m., Pied Piper Tavern.
Costumes and/or masks a must!
Second Line Umbrellas make it mo' bettah!
Open to General Public -- Admission: Free
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Saint 'Lizbeth's King Cake Ball and Dinner
Fat Tuesday Night, Feb. 21, 2012 -- 6:00-10:30pm
Saint Elizabeth's Parish Center
232 Passion Play Road
Cajun Dinner, Live Music by "Naturally Brass", Cash Bar
Tickets Sold in Advance $45-couple/$25-single
Featuring Eureka's Largest King Cake!

Dan Ellis – 423 W Van Buren – Eureka Springs, AR 72632
479-981-9551 – Krazo@Ureeka.Orgwww.Krazo.Ureeka.Org

Monday, January 30, 2012

2012 Masquerade Balls in Eureka Springs

Eureka Gras Masquerade Balls

Always a sell out!

The Hookers and Jokers Ball on Thursday, February 17th at the Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center is renown for its pageantry as the Royal Court kicks into high gear with a mini indoors parade followed by costume contests that bring the house down.

The Grand Toast at the Coronation Ball on Friday, February 18th in the Crescent Hotel Ballroom is a Mardi Gras tradition that is hundreds of years old. Following the entrance of the newly anointed King and Queen and the former Kings and Queens, all glasses are raised in a Grand Toast that is followed by the Grand Promenade circling the Ballroom floor which ecstatically blossoms into the Royal Second Line and then the Dance of Protocol.

The Beaux Arts Ball on Saturday, February 19th in the Basin Park Hotel’s Barefoot Ballroom is a combination of artists, locals and tourists who learn to mingle and do the Second Line to Jazz and Blues. The King and Queen of 2012 make the Grand Entrance to great applause.

The Cajun King Cake Ball at the St. ‘Lizbeth Parish Hall is a new and wonderful tradition of masqueraders who dance the night away but at midnight – herald in the coming of the season of Lent.

Info at Krazo@Ureeka.Org and at www.Krazo.Ureeka.Org

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Krewe of Proteus

My favorite tale of Proteus though, occurred in 1890. Due to financial hardship, Comus had been unable to stage a parade for a few years. In this interruption in Comus’s parading, Proteus and his krewe had claimed Carnival night as their own. When Comus return to parading in the 1890 season, Proteus refused to yield the night back to Comus.

Both Krewes set out on their routes that evening, doomed to cross paths. The location where the two Captains, each leading his krewe on horseback, met in opposition, could not have been more conspicuous; they met at the intersection of Bourbon and Canal. Each Captain refused to yield, cursing the other to stand aside. When the argument reached such a heated point where it seem violence was inevitable a man from the crowd (rumored to be a member of both organization, abstaining from both parades as he saw such an incident inevitable) grabbed each of the horses by the bridle and told the captains something. No one is entirely sure what exactly he said, but the Captain of Proteus stood aside, allowed Comus to pass, and solidified Comus’s place as the senior krewe for the rest of Carnival history