Mardi Gras 2020

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Winding their way over Bibb Graves Bridge, through downtown and over Main Street, members of the Order of Cimarrón tossed beads from their float in the Sixth Annual Wetumpka Mardi Gras Celebration and Parade. The 2019 parade is scheduled for Feb. 22.

Wetumpka and Millbrook Mardi Gras parade krewes recently announced parade and festival details for 2020.

Downtown Wetumpka will let the good times roll on Feb. 22 as the city celebrates its eighth annual Mardi Gras festival and parade held by The Order of Cimarrón.

The festival will open at 9 a.m. at Gold Star Park. It will feature a live DJ and food vendors serving up Louisiana-inspired dishes like alligator, gumbo, smoked turkey legs, red beans and rice and more. 

For kids, there will be pony rides, a climbing wall, water walker and a zip line ride.

The parade will begin at 1 p.m. and follow the same route used by Christmas on the Coosa. It will begin at First Baptist Church, cross the Bibb Graves Bridge before turning in front of Grumpy Dog and going to the Elmore County Courthouse, then turning again to get on South Main Street and continue all the way down to the employee parking lot at Wind Creek Casino & Hotel.

Parade chair Griffin Pritchard said he is attempting to fill the 2020 parade, themed “Stars Fell on Alabama,” with 100 entries.“It is completely family-friendly,” Pritchard said. “It just cool to see the different parts of the community come together for the parade every year. We’re actively seeking parade entries. It does not cost to parade with us. All we ask is that entrants provide their own throws.”

The annual Mardi Gras festival in Wetumpka has become one of the city’s biggest events of the year, with Pritchard estimating between 4,000 and 6,000 people attending.

The organization was founded February 2012 and holds the annual parade the last Saturday before Fat Tuesday.

For vendor or parade entry applications, visit wetumpkamardigras.com.

Millbrook’s 15th annual Mardi Gras parade and festival will take place Feb. 15, 10 days before Ash Wednesday, and is organized by the Krewe of Millbrook Revelers.

The group was founded in 2004 with a mere 10 members. Today, it has more than 125 members, and the event draws more than 14,000 people each year.

The first parade was held in 2006 and hosted 30 floats. 

Now the parade features nearly 70 with five floats designated to the Krewe.

“The main reason behind starting the Revelers group was to get people involved in the community and to have some fun,” Millbrook Revelers publicity chair Becky Adams said.The festival will open at 9 a.m. at Village Green Park.

This event features nearly 70 vendors from across the Southeast with a variety of arts and crafts, handmade items, live entertainment and New Orleans-inspired food options such as alligator on a stick, smoked turkey legs, red beans and rice, gumbo and more.

There are fun rides and games available for children, including pony rides, a zip line, bouncy houses, carnival games and more.

The parade theme is Laissez Les Bons Temp Rouler (Let the Good Times Roll). The parade route begins at Smokehouse Bar-B-Q on Main Street and is more than a mile long.

Adams said Krewe members bring back from Mobile enough Mardi Gras throws to fill an enclosed trailer and three pick-up trucks.

“The kids just love the parade and it is packed with people from the start to the very end,” she said.

For vendor or parade entry applications, visit millbrookrevelers.org.