The day was cold and wet, but that didn’t dampen the enthusiastic crowd for the 25th annual Nevada City Mardi Gras parade down Broad St. Hundreds of excited spectators, many in costume, lined the parade route. Many with umbrellas or huddled under overhangs. Lots of families with children anxiously awaiting the parade to begin and in anticipation of gathering strings of beads. They were certainly not disappointed.
The parade began on time with two color guards followed by the Grand Marshall, David Parker in a horse drawn carriage. Elvis was also headlined the festivities greeting those who braved the weather with beads and many of his famous songs. Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cathy Whittlesey says it was a great parade, despite the weather.
Twenty-seven of the 30+ registered entrants turned out to be in the parade including the Sacramwento Children’s Ban, the E Clampus Vitus, the Merry Widows and KNCO.
The crowd was festive, enthusiastic and very appreciative of everyone that made the event happen.