Vail’s third annual Mardi Gras festivities kick off Saturday
VAIL – Vail Mountain and the Vail Valley Chamber and Tourism Bureau have partnered to throw the country’s largest Mardi Gras celebration above 8,000 feet. The third annual Vail Mardi Gras events begin this Saturday with a masquerade bar crawl in Vail Village. Festivities continue on Sunday with the “World’s Highest Low Country Crawfish Boil” at Eagle’s Nest followed by a Mardi Gras themed apres party in LionsHead.
On Saturday night. Bridge Street in Vail Village will become Bourbon Street as local bars and restaurants kick off the Vail Mardi Gras festivities with New Orleans themed drink specials. The evening will be sponsored by Coors and the Silver Bullet girls will be on hand to give out commemorative event cups, beads and masks. Participating bars include The Club, Pazzo’s, The Red Lion, The George, Samana Lounge, Ski Bar, Tap Room and Vendetta’s.On Sunday, the festivities continue with the crawfish boil at Eagle’s Nest on Vail Mountain from noon until 2:30 p.m. Free gondola rides are available to foot passengers after noon. Local band Laughing Bones will provide entertainment and 600 pounds of authentic crawfish and gumbo will be available for purchase at $14.95 per two pound serving. Following the crawfish boil, a Mardi Gras apres party will be hosted by Bart & Yeti’s, Garfinkel’s and Billy’s Island Grill in Lionshead at 3 p.m.
For more information on 2006 Vail Mardi Gras, call 476-9090 or visit http://www.vail.com. Vail Mardi Gras is sponsored by Vail Mountain, VVCTB, Coors, Volvo, Vail Daily and KZYR.