Ogunquit’s annual Mardi Gras Celebration brings a little bit of that southern spirit up north for three days of fun. The Mardi Gras king and queen will be crowned on Friday evening, while Saturday brings the Hat and Mask Parade down Main Street, a steel drum band, free ice-skating, musical entertainment, ice sculptures and more.
6pm: Yours Forever, A Musical Love Letter Through Time. Clay Hill Farm.
Incorporating historical love letters, classical and original poetry plus music including pop, classical, country, and original songs, Kirk Simpson and Nancy Day will take you on a romantic journey in time, celebrating how love has been communicated through the ages. They will share heart warming and heart wrenching letters interwoven with music, imagery and song. Advance tickets: $18 with an a la carte menu. Limited seating. Reservations recommended. 207-361-2272.
11:30am – 1:30pm: Fire Juggler. Outside Cornerstone.
One of the very few loose rope and tight wire walkers in New England, “Duncan of doh Naught” combines dangerous object juggling (great amounts of FIRE, authentic and sharp edged weapons and hitherto unknown objects), feats of balance, bawdy and/or tame humor, large doses of audience participation and a true love of performing to keep the audience gasping.
11:30am – 12:30pm: Hat & Mask Making Party. MaineStreet.
Make a spectacular hat to wear directly afterward in our hat parade, then take it home as a souvenir of your great weekend in Ogunquit! $5 admission covers hat and supplies.
12:30pm – 1pm: Costume Contest
Come to MaineStreet in your Mardi Gras costume, hat, or mask, and enter our contest. The winners will get to lead the parade through town! Prizes awarded!
1pm: Hat & Mask Parade. MaineStreet to Old Village Inn.
Wow the crowd with your fabulous fancy hat, or bring a wagon decked out in a Mardi Gras theme.
1:30 – 3pm: Parade Awards Ceremony. Old Village Inn.
Prizes awarded for the best floats in the parade.
2pm – 5pm: Wine Tasting. Village Food Market.
7:30pm: Soggy Po’ Boys New Orleans Style Jazz Band. Dunaway Center, 23 School Street.
Tickets $12 in advance; $15 at the door.
Tickets can be purchased online at ogunquit.org, or at the Ogunquit Welcome Center, Ogunquit Camera Shop, Dunaway Center. Sponsored by Ogunquit Performing Arts. www.ogunquitperformingarts.org.
Annual Mardi Gras Weekend Celebration
Friday, February 28 – Sunday, March 2, 2014
Main Street, Ogunquit ME
For more information, contact the Ogunquit Chamber of Commerce (207) 646-2939.