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Mardi Gras Weekend

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Mardi Gras

February 24-25, 2017

It’s the best party north of the Bayou! Celebrate Mardi Gras in the Wild West, with a weekend full of free parades, costume contests, parties and live music. Make plans - you don't want to miss this cabin-fever-busting event!

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!

Event Schedule

The Open container ordinance will be lifted in zones 1 & 2.  Open container will be allowed from 5 pm to 10 pm on Friday, February 24, 2017 and from Noon to 10 pm on Saturday, February 25, 2017.  Beverages must be beer only and only in the Deadwood-Budweiser official event series cup.

Friday, Feb. 24, 2017:
6-8pm: Deadwood Cajun Feast! Enjoy Cajun delicacies at locations throughout Deadwood.

  • Appetizers: Mineral Palace (Frog Legs & Skewered Shrimp), Nugget Saloon (Shrimp & Andouille Sausage Red Bean and Rice Soup)
  • Soup/Salad: Saloon No. 10 (Etouffee - thick spicy shellfish stew served over white rice), Buffalo Bodega (Jambalaya)
  • Main Course: Gold Dust (Sausage & Chicken Gumbo with Red Beans), Tin Lizzie (Pheasant Etouffee), Deadwood Mountain Grand (Blackened Catfish with Fried Okra topped with Corn & Crawfish Etoufee)
  • Dessert & Masquerade Party: Silverado-Franklin (Bananas Foster Bread Pudding)

It’s a progressive menu, and it’s free! All locations will be serving food from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be appetizers, soup and salad, main course and dessert locations!

8pm: Masquerade Party and King and Queen Coronation begins and will include live music by Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble! Enjoy free king cake and take in the coronation of Deadwood's Mardi Gras King and Queen, all at the Silverado-Franklin Gaming Complex.

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017:  
1-4pm: Taste some of the finest Cajun foods in the region at this free Cajun food cook-off competition. This public tasting will be at locations throughout Deadwood.

7pm: 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 by Curley Taylor at the Silverado-Franklin Gaming Complex

*All events are FREE! Enjoy Cajun food, drinks and fun, sponsored by the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce! 

*Open container in zones 1 & 2 from noon to 10 pm

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