Get your costumes ready, and join the parade on Feb. 18th! The theme is CIRC DU L.A.
12 pm. Pre-Parade Meet & Greet. Meet in the north City parking lot @ Rose Ave/Ocean Front Walk (Boardwalk) $10 parking. Party at Venice Alehouse, 2 Rose Ave.
12:30 a.m. PHOTOS
12:45 a.m BEAD UP, $5 Donation for beads
PARADE START TIME~1 pm SHARP! Led by, The MUD BUD BRASS BAND
2 – 4 p.m ATER PARADE PARTY w/ The Gumbo Brothers Larry’s Venice, 24 Windward Ave
Venice, CA 9029. Time: 12:00-4pm
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“Venice held its first annual Mardi Gras Festival August 16-18, 1935. The three day event featuring parades, costumes, contests and entertainment, was modeled after the New Orleans event. It began with the arrival of King Neptune in an outrigger canoe followed by Queen Venetia’s coronation and a royal procession along Ocean Front Walk. The queen read a proclamation commanding her subjects to engage in three days of fun and frivolity. The afternoon parade featured floats and costumed merrymakers wearing enormous plaster of paris heads that were manufactured in Arthur Reese’s studio.
Windward Avenue was roped off for a street carnival where wandering gondoliers entertained. The parade included Keystone Cops and people wearing enormous plaster of paris head gear. The king and queen’s float along Venice’s Ocean Front Walk. – 1938. There was an afternoon treasure hunt for children and an evening program of aquatic events on Saturday. Sunday’s Miss California beauty pageant drew huge crowds, and a Mardi Gras Ball in the evening capped the celebration. The Mardi Gras Festival became an annual event of considerable importance prior to World War II. It became bigger and better each succeeding year and civic pride improved. By 1941 five hundred thousand people attended the expanded four day event in its final year. For more history on Venice, visit Jeffrey Stanton’s website , or purchase his book “Venice California-The Cooney Island of the Pacific“.
Thanks to Miss Jessica and the Gumbo Brothers for keeping the Venice Beach Mardi Gras Parade tradition alive for the last 14 years!
Miss Jessica of Sugar Shack Attach leads the Venice Beach Mardi Gras Parade on the Venice Beach Boardwalk.
In this photo: 2015 Venice Beach Mardi Gras Queen Michelle Van Vlie & King Marc William Sloan.
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