10 Fun Things to do at the Wake Forest Mardi Gras Festival

Make plans for a fun-filled day at Wake Forest’s annual Mardi Gras Street Festival on Saturday, February 25th. This family-focused celebration is scheduled from 11 am to 4 pm. There’s a catch here because there are way more than 10 fun things to do, so check out the list of activities and contests below!

Join your neighbors at this festive event and don the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold. Historians say these colors were chosen by Rex, the King of Carnival, in 1892, declaring purple for justice, green for faith and gold for power.e event is free.  While Mardi Gras officially lands on the Tuesday that is 47 days before Easter and the day before Ash Wednesday, which is the start of Lent, this event takes place on Saturday, February 25th so everyone can enjoy the celebration!

The Wake Forest Mardi Gras Street Festival invites residents to visit downtown Wake Forest and experience all that it has to offer. The event is filled with a variety of fun activities. There is a public walking parade along with children’s activities and assorted contests for people of all ages. Some of the activities include decorating Mardi Gras masks, necklace making and jumping in bounce houses. See the full schedule of events below to plan out your day! Several downtown merchants and event sponsors will also offer special discounts throughout the day.

The day’s biggest highlight is the Mardi Gras Walking Parade that fills with participants of all ages dressed in themed and festive. There will be prizes awarded for best decorated vehicle, most festive family and more! The walking parade is open to both children and adults. No pre-registration is required; however, all children must be accompanied by an adult or guardian. Youngsters are invited to walk, roller skate, ride their bicycles or be pulled along in a wagon. Bicyclists must wear their helmets. The lineup will begin at 12:45pm in town hall’s Centennial Plaza located at 301 South Brooks Street. The parade starts moving at 1pm and makes a loop through downtown.

The Town of Wake Forest invites volunteers to help make the event a success. To help make this celebration possible, check out this link and sign-up to volunteer: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090a4aaba82aa0f94-mardi

Children’s Activities
11 am – 1 pm Face Painting Town Hall Lobby,
301 S. Brooks St.
11 am – 1 pm Hair Art Town Hall Lobby,
301 S. Brooks St.
11 am – 1 pm Necklace Making
courtesy of Wake Forest ARTS
Town Hall Lobby
301 S. Brooks St.
11 am – 1 pm Decorate a Mardi Gras Mask Town Hall Lobby,
301 S. Brooks St.
11 am – 4 pm Bounce Houses/
Inflatable Playground
Depot Parking Lot,
110 S. White St.
11 am – 1 pm Hoop Jam Centennial Plaza
11 am – 1 pm Mini Aerial Rig Centennial Plaza
2 – 4 pm Face Painting Depot Parking Lot
Music & Entertainment
11 am – 1 pm DJ Centennial Plaza
11 am – 4 pm DJ Jones Plaza
11 am – 4 pm Balloon Twisters South White Street
11:30 am –
3:30 pm
Magician Roaming
12 – 3 pm Musicians Roaming
1 – 2 pm Stilt Walker Roaming
2 – 3 pm Juggler South White Street
2 – 4 pm Cirque de Vol Acrobats South White Street
2 – 4 pm Living Statue South White Street
Contests & Activities
11am Mardi Gras Sweet Treats
courtesy of Lowes Foods
Centennial Plaza
Noon King & Queen Costume Contest Centennial Plaza
Noon Prince & Princess Costume Contest Centennial Plaza
12:30 pm Best Vehicle
(wagon, stroller or bicycle),
Best Baby & Most Festive Family
Centennial Plaza
12:45 pm Parade line-up begins Centennial Plaza
1 – 1:30 pm Walking Parade Centennial Plaza to
Depot Parking Lot
1:30 –
3:30 pm
Sidewalk Chalk Art South White Street
– vicinity of
Depot Parking Lot
2:15 pm Best Mask Contest – Adult and Youth
(All masks must be homemade)
Jones Plaza
3 pm Bubble Gum Blowing Contest Jones Plaza


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