“Laissez les bons temps rouler”
Let the good times roll, and there will be many this Carnivale Season, as the Franklin Street Events Association brings the city more great events leading up to Mardi Gras! Two years ago, the Mardi Gras Franklin Crawl, saw 5,000 people on the street celebrating Evansville’s first large scale Mardi gras party. Last year, after this initial success, we have decided to not only do the event again, but to add more to the entire celebration!
Feb. 7th 2pm – 4pm, Franklin Street is hosting their 2nd annual GUMBO COOK OFF! Many of the street’s businesses are partnering with local non-for profits to host a Gumbo Cook Off like the city has never seen! $10 for an individual tasting spoon, let’s you sample not only all the non-for profits gumbo, but the businesses as well. There will be official judges, people’s choice awards, and the coveted “Best Franklin Street Business Gumbo”, which of course comes with bragging rights for the entire years. All proceeds will benefit the participating non-for profits. A “tasting spoon” (an armband that will allow you to enjoy gumbo at each location) will be available at all participating locations the day of the event.
Feb. 13th 6pm – 2am the Mardi Gras Franklin Crawl is back for year three! Use the shuttles provided by Pink Elephant Celebration and Feller Limosuine to travel from Leroy’s Tavern to Lamasco Bar and Grill and all the restaurants, bars, and participating locations in between for a night of FUN, BEADS, AND THE BEST MARDI GRAS PARTY IN THE CITY! Join thousand of other revelers as they take to the bars and the street for a night of pure Carnivale fun!
Feb. 14th, 4pm the GRAND PARADE. The parade will be using the same route as the West Side Nut Club Fall Festival parade, with parade goers lining the street from Wabash Ave of Flags to St. Joe. This family friendly event will offer unique and different floats, tens of thousands of beads, and a chance to be part of history with this very first Evansville Mardi Gras parade!
Through the entire celebration, all of the bars and restaurants are offering Cajun fare, from gumbo and jambalaya, to fresh oysters and crawfish boils!
Of course, Feb. 17th, Fat Tuesday, all the bars and restaurants will be open for the final night of the Carnivale celebration.