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Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras Weekend in Deadwood. The best party north of New Orleans

February 21, 2020 - February 22, 2020

Jambalaya Mardi GrasDon’t miss the best Mardi Gras celebration north of the Bayou! Come to Deadwood, South Dakota for a weekend full of free food, a parade, parties, and live music. Plus, there are special open container zones where you can roam from one Deadwood bar to the next.

All events are FREE! Enjoy Cajun food, drinks and fun, sponsored by the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce! For more info on any Mardi Gras events, call the Deadwood Chamber at 1-800-999-1876. And don’t wait, Book Your Room today! Mardi Gras is one of our most popular parties.

2020 EVENT Schedule

6-8 pm – Deadwood Cajun Feast: Enjoy free Cajun samples (appetizers, soup, entrees and dessert) throughout Deadwood, while supplies last. Participating locations below.

8 pm – Masquerade Party + King & Queen Coronation: Coronation begins and will include live music by Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble. Held at the Historic Franklin Hotel.

2-4pm – Cajun Food Cook-Off: Taste some of the finest Cajun foods in the region at this free cook-off competition. Free food samplings while supplies last. Participating locations below.

7 pm – Deadwood’s Annual Mardi Gras Parade: Get a spot on Main Street and collect your share of over 100,000 sets of beads thrown during the parade.

9pm – Live music and after-party at Historic Franklin Hotel. Dance the night away to authentic, live zydeco music performed by Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble.

Enter a float in the parade, it’s FREE! – Mardi Gras Parade Form



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Friday Cajun Feast Locations

Saturday Cajun Cook-Off Locations

Deadwood’s Cajun Feast, Friday, Feb. 21:

Tastings are progressive and include soups/appetizers, entrees and dessert. Must be 21 to taste in most locations (ie: bars and casinos).

What’s on the menu:


Buffalo/Bodega – 658 Main Street: Cajun Shrimp Deviled Egg

Eagle Bar & Steakhouse – 608 Main Street: Shrimp & Grits, Gumbo 

Tin Lizzie Gaming Resort – 555 Lower Main Street: Gumbo



Flyt at Cadillac Jacks – 360 Main Street: Alligator “Po’ Boy Sliders”

Six String at Deadwood Mountain Grand – 1906 Deadwood Mt. Grand Drive: Spicy Cajun Frog-Legs

His & Hers: Ale House & Wine Bar – 696 Main Street: New Orleans-Style Shrimp & Grits

Maverick’s Steak & Cocktails at Gold Dust Casino – 688 Main Street: Jambalaya Stuffed Pork Loin

Social Club/Saloon 10 – 657 Main Street: Fried Alligator “Po’ Boy Sliders”, Andouille Sausage, Smoked Tomato, Red Tango, Rémoulade



Legend’s Steakhouse at Historic Franklin Hotel – 709 Main Street: Bread Pudding with a Caramel Pecan Praline Sauce


*Following Friday’s Cajun Feast, stick around at the dessert location for the 2020 Mardi Gras King & Queen Coronation

followed by dancing and live music by Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble!


Cajun Cook-Off, Saturday, February 22:

Participating Locations:

Six String/Deadwood Mt. Grand – 1906 Deadwood Mt. Grand Dr.

Legend’s Steakhouse/Historic Franklin Hotel – 709 Main St.

Mavericks Steaks & Cocktails/Gold Dust Casino – 688 Main St.

Buffalo Bodega Steakhouse – 658 Main St.

Deadwood Social Club/Saloon #10 – 657 Main St.

Eagle Bar & Steakhouse – 608 Main St.

Gem Steakhouse/Mineral Palace – 601 Main St.

Tin Lizzie Gaming Resort – 555 Lower Main St.

Wild Bill Bar – 624 Main St

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