Festival Fever: Saratoga Mardi Gras Festival, 4/24

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Saratoga Mardi Gras Festival

Yes, we know. The official Mardi Gras celebration was more than two months ago. But you’ve got to admit that it’s pretty damned hard to have an outdoor street fest and parade in Saratoga Springs in the middle of February, so we’re gonna cut the organizers some slack on their belated celebration.

Especially because it looks so good. And it’s for a good cause, too.

The Saratoga Mardi Gras Festival is all taking place on the streets of Saratoga on Saturday.

Part of the fourth annual festival is taking place over on Beekman Street, where there will be live music, food, a parade, children’s activities and lots of all-around merry-making. The Beekman Street Festival will run from 11am-4pm. Kids are encouraged to come early and make masks that they can wear in the parade.

Here’s the Beekman Street schedule:

11am: Rock Bottom
12noon: The Beekman Street “Arti Gras” Parade
1pm: Rick Rourke & Lost Wages
2:30pm: The Corinth Teachers Band

Meanwhile, there will be a big tent set up at the Saratoga Downtowner Motel on Broadway that will also be featuring plenty of roots-oriented live music from 12:30-4:30pm.

Here’s the Downtowner schedule:
12:30pm: Street Corner Holler
1:30pm: Adrenaline Hayride
2:30pm: Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys
3:30pm: Big Medicine

But that’s not all. There’s also the Saratoga Restaurants Cajun Cooking Competition & Tasting Festival that will be taking place at various downtown Saratoga Springs restaurants from 12:30-4pm. Servings are just $1. So be sure to come to the fest hungry and help yourself to some tasty gumbo, jambalaya and desserts, too.

The participating restaurants include: Ben and Jerry’s, Café Nola, Cantina, Circus Café, Esperanto, Fifty South, Gaffney’s, Grace’s, Grey Gelding, the Hilton Garden Inn, te Irish Times, Legend’s Café, Lillian’s, the Local, Old Bryan Inn, One Caroline, the Parting Glass, Putnam’s at the Gideon Putnam, Saratoga City Tavern, Scallions, Sperry’s, Springwater Inn, the Stadium, Union Grille, West Side Stadium, Wheatfields and the Wine Bar.

Sponsored by the Giving Circle, Inc., proceeds from the Saratoga Mardi Gras Festival will go directly to benefit the city of Waveland, Mississippi (Saratoga Springs’ sister city) and the Saratoga County EOC’s Latino Community Advocacy Program.

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