From top notch performers, a Mardi Gras Ball, and a carnival for Children, it’s all happening at the Miners Foundry and on the streets of Nevada City for a three day Mardi Gras celebration this weekend. First, tonight, Jazz great Karl Denson brings Tiny Universe to the the Miner’s foundry to perform. Miner’s Foundry Marketing Director Jesse Locks says they have worked for years to get the acclaimed musician to Nevada County. She says Denson and Tiny Universe are a fun kind of funk blues jazz band with lots of horns and it should be quite a party. *
Saturday night at the Foundry it’s the Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball which is a Chamber event that features a Cajun dinner and dancing to the Holcomb Brothers Band. Miner’s Foundry venue coordinator Kat Kress says the Osborn Woods Hall is a great location for that. *
The Mardi Gras Ball runs from 8pm to midnight. Sunday morning there is a Street Faire on North Pine Street from 11am to 4 pm. and the Mardi Gras Parade heads down Broad Street at 2pm. After the parade, the whole family can head back to the Miners Foundry for the Carnevale .*
Every year the Mardi Gras Planning Committee chooses four honorees who have impacted our community in the past year, plus a Grand Marshall who will lead the parade in a horse drawn carriage. This year’s grand marshall is Jim Hemig, publisher of the Union newspaper. King and Queen are Miner’s Foundry Director, Gretchen Bond, and longtime promoter of the arts in Nevada County, Paul Emery. The 2015 Duke and Duchess are Alvis and Sue Legate of Legacy productions, a family-owned theater company.