The theme for the South Main district this Saturday is laissez les bons temps rouler — big time.
SoMa is celebrating Mardi Gras with a full day of events and activities marking the Cajun holiday, and it all kicks off with the the annual SoMa Mardi Gras Parade. At noon, the parade will start at 24th Street, making its way down Main Street with floats and walkers in tow to the finish line at 12th Street.
After the parade, stick around for the The Root Café's sixth annual Beard and Mustache Contest at the Bernice Gardens. Contestants will be judged on categories like Best Santa Claus, Best Mustache, Most Original Beard and a women's category for Best DIY Crafted Beard.
If you don't care for facial hair, we suggest stopping by the SoMardi Gras Party at Raduno Brick Oven and Barroom to get in on king cake, bloody marys, bottomless hurricanes, a photo booth and music from the Dunbar Middle School Second Line.
If you want to make the day all about Fido (and who wouldn't?), head over to Bark Bar's Mardi Paw celebration after the parade for drink specials, a selfie station and all the fun your furry friend can handle.
To get details on all of these events, check out the neighborhood Facebook page and keep up with all things SoMa.