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Steamboat Mardi Gras

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Steamboat Ski & Resort will be hosting a Mardi Gras celebration March 2 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Mardi Gras is a widely celebrated Christian holiday that takes place the day before the beginning of Lent. A literal translation of “Fat Tuesday” the celebration began as an occasion for Christians to enjoy a large feast of fattening foods before their season of fasting. While originally a French holiday, Mardi Gras gained popularity in America when two French explorers arrived in New Orleans in 1699.

Today, the holiday is known for its street parties, masked celebrations, floats, parades, and bright-colored beads. People all across America celebrate the holiday at a variety of locations, including the Steamboat Ski & Resort.

Although Mardi Gras takes place on March 5, the Steamboat Ski & Resort Mardi Gras celebration will begin on Saturday, March 2. This is not uncommon as many places, including New Orleans, choose to celebrate the holiday the weekend before instead of on a Tuesday.

Steamboat Ski & Resort will include many Mardi Gras staples in their celebration such as free face painting, masks, and beads. The festivities will include a Carnival-style Mardi Gras party in Gondola Square, a parade, and live music performed by Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution. They encourage all guests to come dressed up in their most festive Mardi Gras attire.

All activities listed are free to the public. However, masks and beads will be handed out on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Since it wouldn’t be a Mardi Gras celebration without delicious food, Steamboat Ski & Resort is also offering Carnival themed lunches throughout the resort. Their Mardi Gras menu will be available from March 2 to March 3 and includes Cajun classics like po’ boys, gumbo, and a crawfish boil.

Additional information regarding the schedule of events for the Steamboat Ski & Resort Mardi Gras Celebration can be found on their website.