2nd Annual Denver Mardi Gras

Kevin Larson Presents

Bourbon Street Comes to Denver

Colorado’s Largest Mardi Gras Event Experience
“Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!” Let the Good Times Roll

Dave and Busters

Saturday, February 18, 2012
www.DenverMardiGras.com

A traditional Mardi Gras party

You Receive: Complete venue take over

  • 2,500 people
  • Free Video Games
  • Free Mardi Gras Beads, beads and more beads.
  • Multiple DJ’s and Bands,
  • Multiple rooms and environments including 2 dance floors
  • Pool, Ping Pong, Air Hockey
  • Stilt walkers, jugglers, tarot card readers, face painters, mask makers, dancers
  • and more

Entertainment:

  • National Performers Alliance – performers and dancers
  • DJ’s
  • Dub Twins debut
  • DJ Skeet

Live Performance:

  • Hypnautic and King Tef – creators of the original Mardi Gras song
  • Megan Page – live vocals

Decor:  Green, Purple, Gold festival decor

Dave and Busters

Drinks:  Hurricanes, Gin Fiz, Mardi Gras Mojitos

Attire:  Get in the spirit and come in outfit or costume. Purple Gold and Green are the traditional colors. Masks are always a plus, costumes are encouraged. The best female and male costume will be crowned Mardi Gras King and Queen and will receive tickets to all KLP events for 2012.

Costumes are not mandatory but, highly encouraged.

Cost:

GA – $25 Entry and a couple strands of beads
VIP – $59 Entry, Beads, VIP Area, party favors, free food,  cash bar.

Age:  21+

Sponsors: 107.1, Wizards Chest, Colorado Photo Medicine, National Performers Alliance

HISTORY

It is generally accepted that Mardi Gras came to America in 1699 with the French explorer, Sieur d’Iberville. The festival had been celebrated as a major holiday in Paris since the Middle Ages.  Now it has finally come to Denver!!!

In French, “Mardi Gras” literally means “Fat Tuesday,” so named because it falls on the day before Ash Wednesday, the last day prior to Lent…a 40-day season of prayer and fasting observed by the Roman Catholic Church (and many other Christian denominations) which ends on Easter Sunday. The origin of “Fat Tuesday” is believed to have come from the ancient Pagan custom of parading a fat ox through the town streets. Such Pagan holidays were filled with excessive eating, drinking and general bawdiness prior to a period of fasting. Since the modern day Carvinal Season is sandwiched between Christmas and Lent, with Christmas Day being December 25 on the Gregorian Calendar as set by the Roman Catholic Church, this means that other Holy Days are “floating” in nature. Easter always falls on a Sunday, but it can be any Sunday from March 23 through April 25, its actual date being the Sunday which follows the first Full Moon after the Spring Equinox. Mardi Gras is always 47 days prior to this alloted Sunday (the 40 days of Lent plus seven Sundays). The beginning of the Carnival Season itself, however, is also fixed…being January 6, which is the Feast of the Ephiphany, otherwise known as Little Christmas or Twelfth Night. Since the date of Mardi Gras thus varies, the length of the Carnival Season also varies accordingly from year-to-year. The origin of the word “Carvinal” is from the Latin for “farewell to the flesh,” a time when one is expected to forego earthly pleasures prior to the restrictions of the Lenten Season, and is thought to be derived from the feasts of the Middle Ages known as carnis levamen or “solace of the flesh.”

The traditional colors of Mardi Gras are purple (symbolic of justice), green (symbolic of faith) and gold (symbolic of power).

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