The vibe for South Main on Saturday is laissez les bons temps rouler — big time.
SoMa is celebrating Mardi Gras — or SoMardi Gras — with a full day of events and activities marking the Cajun holiday, and it all kicks off with the annual SoMardi 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.
This year's theme is "The Rolling Twenties" and it's all about celebrating the great '20s of the past. Think: "the roaring 1920s, the Industrial Revolution of the 1820s and the powdered wigs of the 1720s."
After the parade, stick around for the eighth annual Beard and Mustache Contest at the Bernice Gardens. Contestants will be judged on categories like best mustache, most original beard and dest DIY crafted beard for all the hairless wonders out there.
While you're there, we suggest hitting up all the food trucks coming to the garden including Dark Side Coffee Co., A Little Crepesy and PopPop & YumYam. Plus, there'll be plenty of live music from Charlotte Taylor and Stuart Baer.
If you want to make the day all about Fido (and who wouldn't?), head over to Bark Bar's annual Mardi Paw celebration after the parade for drink specials, a selfie station and all the fun your furry friend can handle.
New to the lineup this year is the SoMardi Gras Raffle featuring five packages of goodies from SoMa restaurants and businesses. Tickets will be available at the SoMa 501 table at the parade.
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