CarniVail begins Sunday
VAIL, Colorado Move over NAwlans, CarniVail is here! Its the largest annual Mardi Gras celebration at 8,150 feet above sea level. CarniVail returns to Vail, Colorado February 22-24 and new this year is a free concert featuring Jo Jos Mardi Gras Band with Widespread Panics Jo Jo on Friday, Feb. 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Checkpoint Charlie concert venue in Vail Village. CarniVail kicks off Sunday with the 10 Cane Crawfish Boil and the tunes of Jonny McGumbo Band at Eagles Nest. Immediately following, the Navan Cocktail Mix-Off Competition will be held at the Tap Room from 3-5p.m. At this CarniVail aprs event, Vail Valley bartenders will demonstrate their best mixology skills for their chance to win CarniVails prestigious award. Bartenders will be allowed to use Navan Vanilla Liqueur, Chopin Potato Vodka or 10 Cane Rum in their cocktail concoctions and be judged by a select panel of liquor specialists and CarniVail celebrity judges. This years CarniVail kick-off festivities are going to be a lot of fun, said Mark Santini of Highline Sports & Entertainment. Everyone should hit up Eagles Nest for some true Cajun cookin and then head to the Tap Room to cheer on their favorite local bartender in the Navan Cocktail Mix-off Comp.On Monday, the annual CarniVail Mask-erade Party will be held at The Arrabelle at Vail Square outside near the ice-skating rink. On tap will be a mask decorating area for children and families, food and beverage, tons of giveaways and authentic Brazilian sambas provided by Sambadende. On Tuesday, the New Orleans-style celebrations will continue in Vail Village with the Bud Light Street Party starting at 3p.m. and the legendary Fat Tuesday Parade starting at 4p.m. Locals and guests are encouraged to dress up in Mardi Gras apparel and beads and partake in all the CarniVail fun. The parade will travel from International Bridge to Seibert Circle and will conclude with the official crowning of the CarniVail King and Queen, announcement of the Float Competition winner as well as a King Cake Eating contest. The Tony G All Stars will perform throughout the street party festivities.Fat Tuesday is going to be a jam-packed night of Mardi Gras merriment in Vail Village! said James Deighan of Highline Sports & Entertainment. For locals and guests alike, the week of CarniVail is a fun and family-friendly time.To round out the CarniVail festivities, John Jo Jo Hermann of Widespread Panic, will perform a free concert with his Mardi Gras Band on Friday, February 27. The Jo Jo Mardi Gras Band concert will be held from 6-9p.m. at Vails Checkpoint Charlie outdoor venue. Vails Bonfire Dub will open for the concert and food courtesy of Old Forge Pizza will be available for purchase.Its all part of the CarniVail festival, Vails annual Mardi Gras festival held Sunday, through Friday. CarniVail Event ScheduleSunday10 Cane Crawfish Boil with special music by Jonny Mogambo Band, Eagles Nest, noon to 2 p.m. Navan Cocktail Mix-Off Competition, Tap Room in Vail Village, 3 to 5 p.m.MondayMask-erade Party featuring Sambadende, Arrabelle at Vail Square, 3 to 6 p.m. TuesdayBud Light Street Party featuring the Tony G All Stars in Vail Village, 3 to 6 p.m.Fat Tuesday Parade in Vail Village, 4 to 5 p.m.- Crowning of CarniVail King and Queen- Announce Float Contest Winner- King Cake Eating ContestBud Light Post Party, Vendetta’s in Vail Village, 7 to 9 p.m.WednesdayBud Light Post Party, Red Lion in Vail Village, 8 to10 p.m.ThursdayNavan & 10 Cane Aprs Party, Pepis in Vail Village, 3 to 5 p.m.Bud Light Post Party, The Club in Vail Village, 8 p.m. to midnightFridayJo Jos Mardi Gras Band, Free Concert on Gore Creek Drive in Vail Village, 6 to 9 p.m. Bonfire Dub will open for the band. Visit http://www.CarniVail.net for more information.