Jefferson to Host Mardi Gras Upriver
by: Bobby McDonald
It's almost Mardi Gras time and it's always a treat to travel to historic Jefferson for Mardi Gras Upriver. The event is planned for February 17-19, 2012, and offers a unique opportunity to enjoy the Mardi Gras celebration. There is plenty of shopping, historic tours, and just fun in Jefferson, each year as carnival time arrives. Parades, musical entertainment, and enjoying the variety of places to eat in Jefferson, makes for the perfect weekend "get-a-way" for Hopkins County resident. Go enjoy some crawfish, authentic Cajun food, or your favorite BBQ, and other traditional foods!
Jefferson extends their "welcome mat" for a great weekend, planned in celebration of Mardi Gras!
Schedule of events for Mardi Gras Upriver include:
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2012
6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m................... Main Stage....................DAZED
Hailing from Whitehouse, Troup and Mineola, this young group amazes the crowd everywhere they play. They bring back memories of the great bands of the past from Chuck Berry to Jimi Hendrix to Van Halen and many more. They have been referred to as young men with old souls. From the opening, you know these kids are special.
DOO DAH PARADE – 7 p.m.
Wild, wacky and zany parade where everyone is invited to dress in the craziest Mardi Gras costume and join in the parade. Revelers begin at Lion’s Park; and weave their way throughtout downtown and arrive at the Main Stage for the Alley Dance. Doo Dah Theme: "Light Up the Night" - For more info contact: Betsy or Becca / 903-238-1145
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2012
LIVE MUSIC ALL DAY
| 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m........ Main StageJEFF TAYLOR BAND
An exciting 9-piece contemporary and classic variety music experience that includes two female vocalists and the famous “Horns From Hell,” including signature trumpeter Jeff Taylor.
MOTORCYCLE PARADE – 1:45 p.m.
GRAND PARADE – 2 p.m.
|3 p.m. - 6 p.m....................Main StageJO-EL SONNIER
“King of Cajun” His French speaking and American lyrics combined with infectious fun loving musical energy is displayed through his spirited accordion virtuoso abilities. For information about this Grammy-nominated artist and songwriter
4:30 p.m. - 5 p.m..........Main Stage........... AWARDS CEREMONY
|7 p.m. - 10 p.m................ Main StageME & MY MONKEY
Beatles Tribute Band Me & My Monkey is a must-see attraction featured in three evening performances: Tribute to The Early Beatle years, Sergeant Pepper Beatles and Abbey Road Beatles. For more information about this highly respected band, and family-favorite
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 201212 p.m. - 4 p.m.......... Main Stage.........THE NIGHT HAWK BAND
ALL DAY ATTRACTIONS
LIVE MUSICCHILDREN’S CARNIVAL ARTS & CRAFTS VENDORSFOOD VENDORS
FOR ANY MARDI GRAS 2012 INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL (903) 665-2672