CarniVail returns to Vail Feb. 24
VAIL Vails Bridge Street will become New Orleans Bourbon Street with CarniVails Fat Tuesday Parade and street party on Feb. 24. Part of Vails Mardi Gras celebration, the Fat Tuesday festivities begin at 3 p.m. in Vail Village with the crowning of the CarniVail King and Queen, followed by the King Cake Eating Contest and finishing with the float parade beginning at 4 p.m. One thousand dollars will be awarded to the first place float. Registration is free and now available online at http://www.carnivail.net. The Tony G All Stars will perform throughout the evenings festivities. The Bud Light Street Party and Fat Tuesday Parade will be a real blast, said Greg Schwartz of Highline Sports & Entertainment. Weve already received a number of float entries but can certainly host a whole lot more. Who couldnt use an extra $1,000 in cold, hard cash?In addition to the float contest, the street party will offer attendees a full sensory experience. Festivities will include free giveaways as well as food and beverage service provided by Old Forge Pizza and other local merchants. Attendees are encouraged to dress up in purple, green and gold and enjoy the Mardi Gras celebration on Bridge Street in Vail Village. 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.Float entry forms can be found online at carnivail.net and must be submitted to Natalie Fandrey at Highline Sports & Entertainment by Feb. 19. Fandrey can be reached at Natalie@goghighline.com or 970-476-6797 x 108. If local organizations and businesses are interested in participating in the Fat Tuesday Parade but unable to construct a float, they are welcome to walk in the parade.Vails annual Mardi Gras festival takes place Feb. 22 24. New this year will be a free concert featuring Jo Jos Mardi Gras Band with Widespread Panics Jo Jo on Feb. 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Checkpoint Charlie concert venue in Vail Village. For a complete CarniVail schedule, visit http://www.carnivail.net.