Arts & Culture Bars & Nightlife Deal Family Featured Food, Restaurants & Dining Music & Events Fara Illich January 23, 2013

Laissez les bons temps rouler!
Giant puppets, brass bands and thousands of revelers are set to take to the streets of Downtown for the third annual Mardi Gras parade, festival and pub crawl on Feb. 9. And just who will be at this FREE family-friendly tribute to good times, you ask?
Boy, do we have a list.
Live entertainment will come courtesy of Dry River Yacht Club, Bad Cactus Brass Band, Sunorus, Stan Devereaux and Flamenco por la Vida.
And the parade participants includes a dizzying list of 18 participants ranging from bicycle brigades to pint size twirlers:
Living Folklore
Evans Churchill Community Association
Arizona Roller Derby
Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club (Arizona Chapter)
Krewe of Helios Arizona
Mayday Pit Bull Rescue & Advocacy
Midwives Rising!
Mountainside Fitness
Phoenix Suns
Discount Cab
Justice League of Arizona
Laveen Twirling Academy
AZ Furs
USS Asteria & Friends
Arizona Avengers
Live Nation
Bad Cactus Brass Band
But the parade isn’t the only scheduled fun, the daylong festival features culinary offerings from Jamburritos, Karim’s Cobbler Shop & Deli, Hao Bao, Ed the Hotdogger, Poppamaize and all your favorite CityScape restaurants as well as outdoor vendors including:
Caricature Me Super
Frickin Awesome Face Painting
Paparazzi Accessories with Amy Hammond
Kathy Zimmerman Photography
The Social Station
Oaxaca Imports
Dark Goddess Creations
Roadrunner Crazy Hats and Beads
Think Positive Apparel
Pats Po Box
Midwives Rising!
Live Nation
Discount Cab
Mayday Pit Bull
Feel like really getting the good times rolling? Stick around for our Mardi Crawl pub crawl starting at 9 p.m. Walk to the bars for free, or spend a meager $15 and hop on a Mardi Crawl Krewe Trolley for dedicated transportation and VIP treatment as you party the night away. Participating bars include:
Rose and Crown
The Turf
Lucky Strike
Legends Sports Bar & Restaurant
Seamus McCaffrey’s
Copper Blues
Majerle’s Sports Grill
Tom’s Tavern
Now, it’s midnight and you could really go for something to soak up all that you’ve imbibed (required PSA: please drink responsibly), good news! We’ll have late night food trucks, including Sandra Dee’s Catering, Hao Bao and The Grilled Cheese Truck lined up on Central just for you. Grab a snack (or a whole meal) before you hop in your awaiting Discount Cab chariot to get home safely.
Want to join us? You can buy Mardi Crawl pub crawl tickets here: