February 09, 2013 - February 12, 2013
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Each year, New Orleans visitors and Mardi Gras lovers take over Breckenridge with masks, boas, beads, music and revelry to commemorate the carnival season. Breckenridge Mardi Gras will kick off in style from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 9th, with it's annual Mardi Gras Ball at Beaver Run Resort.
-Saturday, Feb. 9: Mardi Gras Ball – Hazel Miller’s soulful vocals provide the backdrop to this mountain-formal masquerade ball at Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center. New this year, catch the moves of Brazilian samba dancers. Guests can spot local royalty at the crowning of the 2013 Rex and Queen while sampling New Orleans-style cuisine. Get into the carnival spirit with costumes, beads and masks, which will be sold at the event. Tickets are $55 each, $100 per couple, or a table of 10 for $450. Purchase online, at the Breckenridge Welcome Center (203 S. Main St.) or call 970-453-5055.
-Tuesday, Feb. 12: Fat Tuesday parade – Summit County’s only Mardi Gras parade begins at 4:30 p.m. on Fat Tuesday, and is FREE to attend! Free float registration is now open also. Join the party on Main Street to see floats and colorful characters handing out trinkets to the crowd. Stop by Holly’s Pizazz Boutique, 101 N. Main St. #D, for bead, mask and boa needs. Post-parade parties will be held at restaurants and bars around town; celebrate the night with drink specials, music and more!
Book your trip to Breck for Mardi Gras now; vacation deals and lift and lodging packages can be found online here: http://www.breckenridge.com/plan-a-trip/vacation-deals-and-packages/offer-explorer.aspx
How did Mardi Gras find its way to Breck?
Some 15 years ago, a tight-knit group of New Orleanians decided to trade Mardi Gras crowds for skiing and sunshine in Breck. It wasn’t long before they realized they couldn’t do without hometown traditions; but since the group loved Breckenridge too much to leave, they brought a little bit of NOLA to 9,600 feet. Today, the Town of Breckenridge has expanded upon the revelry to include the Mardi Gras Ball with live music and more and expand the party to 3 days. Join the Breckenridge community to honor Rex in true mountain style: with skiing, snow play and an all-out party on Main Street!