Thanks to Miss Jessica and the Gumbo Brothers for keeping the Venice Beach Mardi Gras Parade tradition alive for the last 24 years!
- Date and time: Sunday, February 25
- 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 pm
- Theme: Magical Mystical Trip
- Flyer above by Todd von Hoffmann
Here is a message from reigning King Toussaint & Queen Heather.
Feb. 25th. Venice Beach Mardi Gras Parade Schedule:
- 11: 00 a.m. Pre Parade party
- 12:00 p.m PARADE starts at ROSE AVE and the Boardwalk
- 2:00-6:00 p.m. After Parade Dance Party at the Sidewalk Cafe with The Gumbo Brothers
- Street parking or park at the North City Parking Lot
- Use this address for parking/start location: 300 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, Ca. 90291.
View past Mardi Gras photos by Venice Paparazzi
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A little Venice History:
Following insert by Jeffrey Stanton. “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.
Venice Paparazzi’s Alex and Edizen with Alexandra and Lina. Photo taken at the 2017 Mardi Gras Parade
See you on Sunday, Feb. 25th!