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Mardi Gras Street Festival

Downtown Wake Forest
Downtown Wake Forest Saturday, February 22nd 11am-3pm Free Event

Join them for a fun-filled day in downtown Wake Forest on Saturday, Feb. 10, during the Wake Forest Mardi Gras Street Festival presented by Gladwell Orthodontics and Primrose School of Heritage Wake Forest. This family-friendly celebration is scheduled from 11 3 p.m. and admission is free.

The Wake Forest Mardi Gras Street Festival invites area residents to visit the heart of Wake Forest and experience all our downtown has to offer. The event will offer a variety of fun things to do, including a walking parade, children"s activities, and assorted contests for people of all ages.

Street Festival  
The Mardi Gras Street Festival will feature music, entertainment, face painting and a costume processional for children and adults. In addition, downtown merchants and several event sponsors will offer exceptional discounts and activities throughout the day. There will also be a variety of food trucks in the Fidelity Bank parking lot, 231 S. White St., plus fun and exciting contests for the young and young at heart!

Mardi Gras Processional
One of the day"s highlights promises to be the Mardi Gras processional. The lineup will begin at 12:45 p.m. in town hall"s Centennial Plaza, 301 S. Brooks St., and the processional gets underway at 1 p.m. The route will extend from town hall, up East Owen Avenue, and north along South White Street before ending at Jones Plaza, intersection of South White St. and Jones Avenue.

The processional is open to both children and adults. No pre-registration is required; however, all children must be accompanied by an adult or guardian. Youngsters are invited to walk, ride their bicycles or be pulled along in a wagon. Participation is free, but bicyclists must wear their helmets.

Participants are encouraged to flex their creative muscles by decorating their bicycles, wagons, and strollers and dressing up in their best Mardi Gras attire. Prizes will be awarded for Best Decorated Vehicle (wagon, bicycle or stroller) and Most Festive Family.  A King and Queen will also be chosen based on their Mardi Gras themed attire and will join our presenting sponsors to lead the processional.

Children"s Activities
Free face painting will be offered in the town hall lobby during the event.

Feeling creative? Children can make a mask in the town hall lobby or Macaroni Bead Necklace with Arts Wake Forest.  Then make sure to leave your mark by participating in sidewalk chart art on South White Street.  

Got a lot of energy?  Kids (and kids at heart) can learn how to hula-hoop at the Hoop Jam in Centennial Plaza. There will also be a mini aerial rig for kids who want to test their skills in Centennial Plaza.

Just want to see the sights? Aerialist performances, acrobatic duo, balloon twisters, a contortionist, and other street entertainers will provide plenty of entertainment throughout the day.