The annual Mardi Gras Oak Cliff celebration is a mere 12 days away, and already the excitement among the float riders and participants is palpable. This is the 3rd year Oak Cliff has led the charge in celebrating carnival in north Texas. What began as a neighborhood parade in 2009 has turned into a weekend long festival unlike any other in Dallas!
The festivities get going at 9 a.m. on March 5 with the Dash for the Beads, a 5k run and 1 mile walk that begins and ends in the Bishop Arts District. The race is officiated by Run On, and it is a chipped race. There is a costume contest, and friendly pets are also welcome. Celebrity judges include Sheriff Lupe Valdez and Councilwoman Delia Jasso. To register, visit the Dash for the Beads website here.
Later that night, put on your favorite mask, strap on your dancing shoes, and dance the night away to the sounds of Lil Malcom and the House Rockers and Zydeco Blanco. The OCarnivale Masquerade Ball kicks off at 8 p.m. at The Kessler Theater. Cajun fare will be served, and bartenders will be pouring hurricanes to get your spirits up! OCarnivale is cocktail attire. Masks can easily be found throughout the Bishop Arts District, customized at House of MacGregor, or you can make your own at Oil and Cotton! Tickets for OCarnivale are available online here. A limited number will be available at the door, so please purchase in advance.
The weekend culminates with the 3rd Annual Mardi Gras Oak Cliff Parade and Crawfish Boil. At press time, we had 42 parade entries, including Krewe La Rive Gauche, Krewe de Chew, the Sunset High School marching band and varsity cheer team, the Sheriff’s Posse, candidates and elected officials, several businesses, and neighborhood associations, such as Winnetka Heights, Kings Highway, Hampton Hills, and Kidd Springs. The 1.7 mile route begins at Davis and Windomere and will make its way east on Davis to the Bishop Arts District. Better start practicing that old yell, “Throw me something, mister!” There is no shortage of beads at this parade!
Wind up the weekend with a true, Cajun Crawfish Boil, complete with live music, cold beer, and spicy crawfish. It begins at 3:00 p.m. and runs until 7:00 p.m. in the streets of the Bishop Arts District. True Cajuns will be driving over from Louisiana with crawfish and and all the fixings! We’ll have the area cordoned off, and you’ll be able to see the parade as it passes on Davis and again as it comes through the Bishop Arts District. Tickets to the party are $15. All online tickets must be purchased by 8 a.m. on Monday, February 28. Tickets are available online here. You can add additional pounds of crawfish, too! Due to ordering, only a very small number of tickets will be available at the gate for $20.
None of these events would be possible without the help of our sponsors. Please join us in thanking ArchiTexas, Methodist Health System, Jim Lake Companies, Good Space, Mark Miranda and Craig Schenkel, GreenPet, Hattie’s, the Law Offices of Domingo Garcia, and the Oak Cliff Lions Club for their financial support!
Les bon temps rouler!