There’s no holding back when it comes to Fat Tuesday in Snowmass. The resort has celebrated the famous New Orleans tradition for over 30 years. The free fun is held throughout the Base Village and in the Snowmass Mall. Over 30,000 beads will be thrown to the crowd during the crazy costumed parade. Hurricane drinks and crawdad boils will keep the crowds happy well into the night.

“Clowns will be on hand and kids can get their face painted, too. The festivities continue on into the night at the Snowmass bars and restaurants,” says Patsy Popejoy with Snowmass Tourism.

Popejoy says it’s just as much fun for the locals as the visitors who look forward to it every year, especially the international visitors. “They wait all day along the mall and then we have this crazy parade and throw the beads off the balconies. Everybody decorates the floats themselves and it’s usually our local businesses and lodges. They wear costumes and it’s very elaborate.”

mardi gras 4 Snowmass Photo courtesy Jeremy Swanson

Over 30,000 beads are thrown from balconies along the Snowmass Village Mall. Photo courtesy Jeremy Swanson.

This year’s Mardi Gras King and Queen are long-time Snowmass locals. Gywn Knowlton is the owner of Gwyn’s High Alpine Restaurant and Moses “Mo” Mogollon is the bar manager for the Mountain Dragon. King Mo and Queen Gywn will lead the Mardi Gras Parade down the mall on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 21. Festivities along the mall start at 2 p.m with the parade starting at 4 p.m.

mardi gras 1 Courtesy Patsy Popejoy Snowmass Tourism

Mardi Gras in Snowmass. Photo courtesy Patsy Popejoy/Snowmass Tourism.

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