Go Oak Cliff kicks off the annual two-day Mardi Gras celebration in Oak Cliff this weekend! The festivities begin with the Dash for the Beads 5K on Saturday morning at Kidd Springs Park, continuing with a post-race party.
Next, you may choose to spend Saturday night at Kessler Theater, dancing and celebrating at the OCarnivale Masquerade Ball.
Finish off the weekend Sunday afternoon with the annual Mardi Gras Parade featuring bands, floats, and plenty of beads!
Dash for the Beads
Hewitt Habgood Group and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate are once again are proud sponsors of the 7th annual Dash for the Beads — a 5K run, 1-mile walk, and costume contest. The race begins begin at 10am Saturday.
The race will follow the same route as last year, starting and ending at Kidd Springs Park and taking runners through the hills of East Kessler. The event is pet-friendly, so be sure to dress yourself and your pet in your best purple, green, and gold feathers, beads and masks for the ultimate Mardi Gras fashion.
Be sure to stay after the race for a Mardi Gras celebration with live music, barbecue, beer & mimosa garden by local breweries, or shop from local merchants and vendors. The party will continue to the Bishop Arts District after the race.
Check out Dash for the Beads for more information.
OCarnivale Masquerade Ball
OCarnivale Masquerade Ball – the party of the year!! Enjoy a night of celebration and dancing at The Kessler Theatre. Masks, tuxes, jeans, costumes and sequins- You’ll see it all at this party! The party starts at 7pm, and general admission ticket includes a reserved table or 2 upstairs overlooking the action, or a table for 4 by the dance floor. Don’t delay!
A Cajun buffet dinner is included in the ticket price. There will also be live music by Zydeco Blanco, Club Wood and Ice house! You must be 21 to attend. Cash bar. Must be able to use stairs-there is no elevator in Kessler Theatre. Purchase tickets here.
Mardi Gras Parade
The Oak Cliff Mardi Gras Parade begins at 2pm Sunday, February 7. Enjoy marching bands, festive floats, cars, and especially all the flying beads! This family friendly parade rolls down West Davis from Windomere to Bishop Ave in Bishop Arts. Admission is free, but come early to get a spot. Sanctioned extension parties will be held at Nova, PhD, and Bolsa Mercado.
Special Information – The barricade install will begin at 6am on Sunday. There will be no parking on Davis Street between the 400 -1400 blocks, and on the 300-400 blocks of North Bishop Ave. The installation team will leave cross streets open until 1:30pm. East and westbound traffic on W. Davis from Madison to Montclair will be interrupted from 1:30 to 4pm. Optional traffic routes to use include Jeffereson Blvd, Colorado Blvd, Hampton Rd, and Zang Blvd.
For more information visit Mardi Gras Oak Cliff.