Nevada City’s Annual Mardi Gras Parade and Celebration

Nevada City’s annual Mardi Gras Parade and Celebration is set for Sunday, February 16, 2020. The annual event, hosted by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, features a festive parade and Street Fair throughout historic downtown Nevada City, offering up California Gold Rush scenics and spirited fun.

Masquerade Ball

The party begins at the the Miners Foundry Cultural Center. They are hosting a Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball from 8-11:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 15.  Grab your dancing shoes and a Mardi Gras masque and rock the night away! Headlining the show will be Grammy nominated-Louisiana band The Revelers .

Founding members of the Red Stick Ramblers and The Pine Leaf Boys, two of the groups unquestionably at the vanguard of the Louisiana cultural renaissance, have joined together on their newest project which combines Cajun, Country, Blues and Zydeco into a powerful tonic of roots music straight from southwest Louisiana that’s sure to get you moving. As individuals, they are each in high demand having performed and recorded with Natalie Merchant, Linda Ronstadt, Preston Frank, Walter Mouton, Mamadou Diabate, Dirk Powell, Cedric Watson and Tim O’Brien to name a few. As a group they play with a sense of empathy and depth that can only be fostered after years of making music together. Simply put, The Revelers are the next Louisiana supergroup. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show begins at 8:00 p.m.  Ages 16+.  Click HERE for more information and tickets.

Parade and Celebration

Photo courtesy of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce

Nevada City California has been known to throw a party or two and its version of Fat Tuesday is no exception. People come just for this colorful annual event that lights up the streets with bright costumes, beads and a sense of playfulness that pervades both the Street Fair and Parade.

 With the Street Fair on N. Pine & Commercial Streets open from 11 am-4 pm, you can find the last accessories for your perfect costume, shop hand-made gifts or pick up some extra beads for friends. Mardi Gras shirts, masks and the things that make Fat Tuesday fun will be available for sale, along with vendors selling food, drinks, crafts and more.


Photo courtesy of Nevada City Chamber of Commerce

Spectators will crowd the streets to enjoy the floats and revelers at the annual Mardi Gras Parade, 2 pm on Broad Street, Nevada City. Everyone is encouraged to attend in festive Mardi Gras attire.

This is a family event for all ages. Please, NO GLASS CONTAINERS. Bring your lawn chairs to watch the parade/reserve your space. Give yourself plenty of plenty of time to park your vehicle & to walk, as streets will be closed around the parade route and town will be busy. This is a RAIN OR SHINE EVENT.

Photo courtesy of Nevada City Chamber of Commerce


To get ready for all of these Mardi Gras events, head to Solstice in downtown Nevada City, a vintage consignment store and costume shop that has all of your masquerade needs covered.

You don’t have to travel to New Orleans to enjoy Fat Tuesday, just head to Nevada City, CA!