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Durham Mardi Gras Celebration – March 4th 7pm!

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Tomorrow night, Tuesday March 4th, downtown Durham will showcase a taste of New Orleans Mardi Gras! The night kicks off with the Durham Mardi Gras Parade leaving from CCB Plaza at 7 p.m. From there the celebration travels to Rigsbee Avenue down by Fullsteam Brewey and Motorco  Music Hall for a big block party that runs from 7:30 p.m to midnight. The street will be closed to traffic, food trucks will line the block and Free live music will be going on simultaneously at five different stages. Full Music Schedule Below! Hope to see you there!

Motorco Music Hall Main Stage
7:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. The Bulltown Strutters
9:15 p.m. – 11:15 p.m. Mel Melton and the Wicked Mojos

Motorco Garage Stage
8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. The Beauty Operators
10 p.m. – 11 p.m. Children of the Horn

Fullsteam 
8:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. Ironing Board Sam
9:45 p.m. – 11:45 p.m. The Screaming J’s

The Bar 
8 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. Radar’s Clown of Sedation
10 p.m. – 11 p.m. Drag Show Spectacular

Cocoa Cinnamon
8 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Bull Bayou Ramblers
9 p.m. Old Time Corner

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2013 Durham Mardi Gras Celebration February 9th & 12th!

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Poster Art by Jamie B. Wolcott

Looking to celebrate Mardi Gras in the Triangle this year? Then check out some of the great local costume making and music events going on in Durham starting this Saturday followed by even more revelry with a local Mardi Gras Parade (with a second line band and all) on “Fat Tuesday” February 12th.

The fun kicks off this weekend on Saturday at Motorco with live music and costume making (materials provided by The Scrap Exchange). Then the good times continue on Fat Tuesday with a local parade and more music. On Tuesday musicians, dancers, and the public meet will meet at the CCB Plaza (the one with the big bull statue) in downtown Durham around 6:30pm. The group will then parade on down to Rigsbee Avenue near Motorco & Fullsteam at about 7pm where you can enjoy another great night of live music and dancing. Full details of the bands scheduled to perform are provided below. I’ll be joining the good times playing my trombone and the fabulous Bulltown Strutters. Hope to see you there! Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Saturday February 9th
(All events in Motorco Garage)

Kidz, Bands,Costumes

4 –6pm  kids & adults – Mardi Gras costume making party (material supplied free by the Scrap Exchange)
Music
4:00 Blue Tailed Skinks
5:00 Lester Fricks

Mardi Gras Extravaganza
8-10pm Adult Mardi Gras costume making party (material supplied free by the Scrap Exchange)
Music
8:00 Beauty Operators
9:00 The Bulltown Strutters
10:00 Tom Merrigan
11: 00 SWAG

Fat Tuesday February 12th

Durham Mardi Gras Parade:
6:30 Meet at the bull, CCB plaza, downtown Durham
7:00 Parade to Motorco

Motorco Main Stage:
7:45 Mel Melton & the Wicked Mojos
9:15 The Bulltown Strutters
10:30 Atiba Rorie and Africa Unplugged

Motorco Garage Stage:
8:45 Rhonda Robichaux
10:00 Phatlynx

Fullsteam:
8:30 Haw River Rounders
10:15 The George Tisdale Band

For a glimpse at some photos taken during last year’s Durham Mardi Gras Parade visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicolepphoto/sets/72157629076073508/

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Hillsborough Handmade Parade This Saturday!

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Photo courtesy of David Hunt

The Handmade Parade returns to Hillsborough this weekend on Saturday October 20th at 2pm. The parade is organized by the Hillsborough Arts Council and fills the streets of downtown Hillsborough with giant puppets and costumed creatures marching along to festive music. This is one of my favorite Triangle events and I highly recommend you check it out if you can. It is a short parade, but great fun for the entire family!

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Photo courtesy of David Hunt

The parade is a described as a ”walking theatrical performance.  A spectacle of art, creativity, and public theatre”. Its purpose  is to foster community involvement in the arts through participation in every aspect. The informal atmosphere and hands-on character of the experience allows members of the community to work directly with artists and each other while gaining confidence in their own abilities.

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Photo courtesy of David Hunt

The parade features participants in handmade costumes of snakes, frogs, and other wildlife creatures along side larger than life large puppets of animals and butterflies supported by four to six people marching them along the parade route.

Hillsborough Handmade Parade

Photo courtesy of David Hunt

The parade concludes on a grassy hill in front of the Historic Burwell School where participants jam to the rhythm of African drum music for a final celebration dance.  This is fabulous community event and I look forward to participating in it again this year. To see more great photographs from past parades check out Don Moffitt’s flickr album or you can view a video from the 2010 parade below.

The Fresh Roots Festival will also be happening on Saturday as well with continuous activities all day throughout downtown Hillsborough  including 5 free band concerts from noon until 10 pm.

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You can get more details by visiting www.freshrootsfestivals.org.

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