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, which just happens to fall on Valentine’s Day this year. Finish off the weekend Sunday afternoon with the annual Mardi Gras Parade featuring bands, floats, and, of course, plenty of beads!
Dash for the Beads
Hewitt & Habgood Group and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate are proud to be sponsors of the sixth annual Dash for the Beads — a 5K run, walk, and costume contest — will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday. The race will be New Orleans style, and with over 2,600 participants signed up, the event will be bigger and better than ever.
The race will follow a certified route in North Oak Cliff, starting and ending at Kidd Springs Park and taking runners through the hills of East Kessler. The race route is said to be one of the most challenging 5K runs in all of Texas. 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 from Exit 380, barbecue, a beer garden by local breweries, whiskey tasting, or shop from local merchants and vendors. The party will continue to the Bishop Arts District after the race.
Prizes will be awarded for the best-dressed walker, runner, and pets, and a large shiny trophy will go to the winner of the timed 5K run! Medals will be presented to the top three males and females for their designated age groups. The Dash initiative was founded in 2009 by Oak Cliff locals Chad West and David Sassano to raise money for neighborhood schools. For more information about the race and registration, and costume ideas visit Dash for the Beads.
Saturday night is the OCarnivale Masquerade Ball, and with it landing on Valentine’s Day this year, we can’t think of a better way to celebrate the special day. Come with your friends or your significant other and dance the night away. Formal, casual, or costumes are all appropriate for the occasion.
A buffet dinner by King of the Alligator Café, which is included in the ticket price, will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The menu includes Cajun and Creole favorites, such as gumbo, red beans and rice, muffulettas, and crawfish etouffee! There will also be live music by Club Wood and Icehouse! You must be 21 to attend. Cash bar. Purchase tickets here.
Mardi Gras Parade
The Mardi Gras Oak Cliff parade begins at 4 p.m. Sunday. Enjoy marching bands, festive floats, cars, and especially all the flying beads! This family-friendly parade rolls down West Davis from Montclair Avenue to Madison Avenue in Bishop Arts.
Be sure to stop by the watch parties beginning at 2 p.m. while you catch beads at the following locations: Nova, PhD, Oddfellows, Eno’s Pizza, or Local Oak. Open-container laws do apply! Methodist Dallas Medical Center has kindly agreed to open the lot at the southwest corner of Bishop and Colorado for public parking on parade day! For more information about the parade, visit Mardi Gras Oak Cliff.