Swing In to Mardi Gras

Parade floats, champagne toasts, beads, masks, and fabulous fried foods- break out your purple, green, and gold in southwest Illinois this Fat Tuesday!

Mardi Gras Fun in Granite City

Also known as Carnival, Mardi Gras is a time of excess before the month-long fast of Lent and also a time to indulge in rich food and drink, celebrate with friends and family, and party ‘til the sun comes up!

Granite City Mardi Gras is bringing fun to festival fans this year with a bang on Feb. 10 - watch as decorated floats take to the street starting at 1 p.m., followed by a Block Party from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. with live music, kid’s activities in Alligator Alley, shopping vendors, and a Cajun Cook-Off! Granite City bars will be hosting a Bar Crawl from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. with shuttle bus transport, overflowing drinks, and more live music throughout the evening!

Wordi Gras returns to Worden for some great red-neck Mardi Gras fun.

Don't Miss Wordi Gras

Wordi Gras kicks off this year in downtown Worden Feb. 10 at Noon.

The popular, self-described “Redneck Mardi Gras” parties like only rural America can with a free-to-enter parade down Wall Street showing off floats, tractors, and trucks bursting with Mardi Gras flair, live music at Worden’s American Legion, the Yellow Dog Café & Bar, and The Rustic, and food and drink vendors offering carnival fare through the evening.

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Kayla Howland

Kayla Howland is a local writer and artist who lives in Alton, IL with her Cairn Terrier, Ripley. She enjoys fiction and non-fiction writing, graphic design, painting, drawing and photography. Kayla is a graduate of Southwestern High School and Lewis & Clark Community College. She has worked doing freelance graphic design, photography and commissioned paintings since 2012.