The Wake Forest Mardi Gras Festival will take place in downtown Wake Forest, on White Street, Saturday, February 22nd, 2020, 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.
Scroll down for a schedule!
The Mardi Gras Street Festival will feature music, face painting, entertainment, and a walking parade. Downtown merchants will be offering discounts and activities throughout the day. There will also be food trucks (see list below) in the Fidelity Bank parking lot, 231 S. White Street.
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 the presenting sponsors to lead the processional.
- Free face painting will be offered in the town hall lobby
- Children can make a mask in the town hall lobby or Macaroni Bead Necklace with Arts Wake Forest
- Sidewalk chart art on South White Street
- Learn how to hula-hoop at the Hoop Jam in Centennial Plaza
- Mini aerial rig for kids who want to test their skills in Centennial Plaza.
- Roaming acrobats, balloon twisters, a contortionist, and other street entertainers
- 454 Grill
- Baton Rouge Cuisine
- Bourbon Street Beignets
- Kona Ice
- Lumpy’s Ice Cream
- Naked Empanada
Wake Forest Mardi Gras Schedule
All 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (except Costume Processional and Hula Hop Jam)
- Face painting (Town Hall Lobby)
- Decorate a mask (Town Hall Lobby)
- Make a Necklace (Town Hall Lobby)
- Fairy Hair (fee applies (Town Hall Lobby)
- 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Hula Hop Jam (Centennial Plaza)
- Mini Aerial Rig (Centennial Plaza)
- Sidewalk Chalk Art (S. White Street)
- Mardi Gras Selfie Frame (Roaming)
- 1 p.m.: Costume Processional (Centennial Plaza)
Lineup begins at 12:45 p.m.
Music & Entertainment:
- 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: DJ (Centennial Plaza)
- 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Aerial Performances (Owen Avenue / S. White Street)
- 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Balloon Twisters (Roaming)
- 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Roaming Entertainment
- 11:15 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Magic Show (Jones Plaza Stage)
- 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Contortionist (Jones Plaza Stage)
- 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Acrobatic Duo (Owen Ave.)
- 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Juggling Act (Jones Plaza Stage)
- 12 p.m.: Hula Hoop Contest (Centennial Plaza)
- 2 p.m.: Bubblegum Blowing Contest (Jones Plaza)