We’re a long way from New Orleans here in Colorado but that doesn’t mean we don’t know how to have a good time and keep it fun for the whole family! Every year the town of Manitou Springs, Colorado holds a Mardi Gras Parade suitable for the whole family to participate in or, enjoy on the sidelines. This was out first time at the parade and we weren’t disappointed! We strategically placed ourselves not on the parade route but rather closer to the action – where everyone gathers before the parade starts! This made for some great closeup pictures and just about the best people watching anyone could hope for.
There was face painting, great food and shopping! Little kids were laughing. Grown-up were smiling. It was a day for the young, old and everything in between. There was zero lewdness. There was zero trouble.
We were a bit sad that we couldn’t get close enough to the Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo contest to test the local fare. The area was packed with people and I’m sure it was due to the amazing smells and tasty soups emminating from all the vendors that had been cooking since the very early morning. Note to self: Get there earlier next year!
I walked away without any beads or candy, but not disappointed. Mardi Gras in Manitou will become an annual event for us to watch people having fun and dressing crazy and sharing the silliness with all the local fans. Mark your calendars for next year to check out any local festivities for Mardi Gras in your area!