Mardi Gras Oak Cliff 2012 Promises a Little Workout and Lots of Gluttony

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With the Super Bowl out of the way, our attention now turns to the next excuse to eat, drink and be gluttonous: Mardi Gras.

The non-profit organization Go Oak Cliff is hosting the third annual Mardi Gras Oak Cliff February 18 and 19 with several different events planned.

Dash for the Beads on Saturday will have both a 5K run and 1-mile walk/run. Creative costumes are highly encouraged. Registration is $25 today, $30 thereafter. Pooches and kids can also participate for $5 and $12, respectively. Plus dogs get a celebratory bandana. Kids get beads, we assume.

Afterwards there is an all day Mardi Gras beer garden party at Lockhart Smokehouse.

On Sunday at 4 p.m. there will be a parade, benefiting Fido Oak Cliff, which is raising money for a dog park. The parade route runs along Davis Street from Montclair to Madison. Obviously all types of crazy are highly encouraged and everyone is invited to catch beads. Visit their website for more intel.

Oak Cliff Advocate's Rachel Stone has the scoop on a crawfish boil on Sunday in the Bishop Arts District. Chef Michelle Carpenter of Zen Sushi has recruited her family from Louisiana to cook over 700 pounds of crawfish. Details from the OC Advocate's page:

Because last year's crawfish boil was a smashing success, Michelle's Uncle Wayne will be showcasing his brand new, custom-built crawfish trailer with three cookers and a wash station, designed to steam up to 3,000 pounds of mud bugs an hour.

The crawfish boil is $15 a pound and includes corn on the cob and taters. King cake and gumbo will also be available. No pre-sale tickets this year. Just show up hungry.

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matt
matt

stay in allen and keep vacationing in galveston.  you wont be missed

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Who vacations in Galveston?  We go down for MG, and stay in Kemeh.  Then proceed down to Padre proper-sir. 

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

and you stay in Bedford, and work at Home Depot....and we'll be OK. 

fidooakcliff
fidooakcliff

actually, proceeds from Dash for the Beads go to us. Not the parade in general. Although that would be awesome...

We do have a float and those interested should join us by clicking the link above!

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Mardis Gras?  Oak Cliff?  Really!?  I know we should support local, but North Texas is not a hotbed of MG fun.  Go to Galveston.  I believe it is the second largest, and one of the oldest in the nation.  We go nearly every year......something for everyone!

The kid parade is fun; the pooch parade is awesome.  The parade on Seawall is groovy, and the main event(s) on The Strand rock.  Plenty of utters for the fellers; if'n you "git" my drift.

While in Galveston, try the following:-Gaido's (excellent seafood)-Caseys' (ditto above)-(The Spot (great burgers)-Mario's (Italian)-Tortuga (Tex Mex)-Papa's (Pizza)

ps-Go to the east end of the island, and go crabbin'.  Go to the west end and go fishin'.  Go over the San Luis Pass to go kayaking/see gators.  

Tomas
Tomas

What a a riduclous response.  Of course there are fantastic mardi gras / carnivale celebrations all over the world. I have been to Galveston's.  It was nice (the best part was the mummer string band from Philadelphia), but if I am traveling for mardi gras, it would not make my top 20 list. 

Here is an excellent local event.  We went last year to the ball, the parade and the crawfish boil.  It was a blast.  The crowds along Davis and in Bishop Arts for the parade were pretty out of control.  I bet there is more security this year.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Are you smoking weed?  Galveston's MG is a raucous party.........Oak Cliff, please!  You are what I affectionately call a "townie". That's like comparing triple A baseball to the majors. 

Txcounsel
Txcounsel

Hey Kergo.  Just to be clear, the Galveston MG is legendary and I know it's huge.  I didn't mean to imply that the OC event is in the same league as Galveston.  The OC Mardi Gras is only 3-4 years old and doesn't have the size or history of Galveston.  I just meant to say that it is a good event and it shouldn't be dismissed because there is an event at a dirty beach town 300 miles away.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano

 Absolutely right about Galveston.  And check out the music listings.  Once saw Chuck Berry from 10 feet away; for free.

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