The Wake Forest Mardi Gras Festival will take place in downtown Wake Forest, on White Street, Saturday, March 2nd, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This free, family-friendly event will include a parade, festival, kids’ activities, and contests. Also, merchants will be offering discounts and activities throughout the day. Food trucks will be at the Fidelity Bank parking lot, 231 South White Street.
There will be acrobats, a juggler, a balloon twister, and other street entertainers throughout the day.
You’ll find updates on the Facebook event for Wake Forest Mardi Gras Festival.
The Mardi Gras Street Festival will feature music, entertainment, face painting and a walking parade 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 Walking Parade
One of the day’s highlights promises to be the Mardi Gras Walking Parade. The lineup will begin at 12:45 p.m. in town hall’s Centennial Plaza, 301 S. Brooks St., and the parade gets underway at 1 p.m. The parade route will extend from town hall, up East Owen Avenue, and north along South White Street before ending at the Depot Parking Lot, 110 S. White St.
The walking parade 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, roller skate, ride their bicycles or be pulled along in a wagon. Participation is free, but bicyclists must wear their helmets.
Parade participants are encouraged to flex their creative muscles by decorating their bicycles and wagons, dressing up in their best Mardi Gras garb and wearing a mask. Awards will be presented for “Best Decorated Vehicle (wagon, cart, bicycle or stroller),” “Best Baby,” and “Most Festive Family.” Judges will also select a “King & Queen” and “Prince & Princess” for the best costumes. The “King & Queen” and “Prince & Princess” costume contest winners will join our presenting sponsors, Primrose School of Heritage Wake Forest and Gladwell Orthodontics to lead the walking parade.
- Free face painting in the town hall lobby and on South White Street in front of the Depot Parking Lot
- Make a necklace in the town hall lobby. The activity is offered by ARTS Wake Forest.
- Sidewalk chart art in front of the Depot Parking Lot
- Free bounce houses in the Depot Parking Lot, 110 South White Street
- Hula Hooping in Centennial Plaza
- Mini aerial rig for kids in Centennial Plaza
- Teenagers and adults are invited to participate in the King & Queen Costume Contest prior to the start of the walking parade. The costume judging will take place at noon in the vicinity of the Centennial Plaza flagpoles. The winners will serve as the parade’s grand marshals and join presenting sponsors in leading the walking parade.
- A Prince & Princess Costume Contest will also be offered for younger participants. Anyone wishing to enter the contest should gather at the Centennial Plaza flagpoles at noon.
- Contests for Best Baby, Best Decorated Vehicle (wagon, cart, bicycle or stroller) and Most Festive Family will be held at 12:30 pm in front of the flagpoles in Centennial Plaza. Anyone may enter.
- Bubblegum Blowing Contest (youth and adult winner for biggest bubblegum bubble) will take place at 2 pm in Jones Plaza (corner of S. White Street and Jones Avenue).