Looking for a King Cake? Try a local bakery. Many of them will have King Cakes or King Cupcakes for you. Community Bakery, in particular, always has King Cakes, complete with the baby Jesus.
Little Rock/North Little RockFebruary 10
Krewe of Barkus Parade
The parade starts at 2:00 p.m. at the CityGrove Art Park on 5th Street between Main and Maple in North Little Rock. Dogs are welcome. Bring beads too.
SoMa Mardi Gras Parade
The parade starts at noon Saturday at the corner of South Main and 24th streets. Live music to follow at Bernice Garden.
The Krewe of Barkus Party at Starving Artist Cafe
Dancing and music from The Bob Boyd Sounds. Tickets are $35. Located in Argenta/North Little Rock.
Cajun's is throwing a party, complete with music and a crawfish eating festival. There's no cover charge.
River Market Pub Crawl
Most of the bars and pubs in the River Market are celebrating. Go check them out. The best bets would be the Flying Saucer and Sticky Fingers. If you're bored on that side of the river, Creegen's in downtown North Little Rock celebrates Mardi Gras too.
Their Tuesday night jam has New Orleans flair with New Orleans native Carl Mouton leading the way. Party favors and great music. There's no cover charge.
Teen Event at the Laman Library
Teens can celebrate from 4 to 7:30 p.m. in the library’s Teen Center. Located in North Little Rock.
Around ArkansasFebruary 9
Fat Saturday Parade of Fools (Fayetteville)
Starts at 3 p.m. at the Downtown Square and Dickson Street. The Fat Saturday Parade kicks off the Mardi Gras festivities and has floats and beads and all manner of family brouhaha. Kid friendly.
7th annual Krewe of Krazo Float Parade (Eureka Springs)
This parade starts at 2 p.m. and goes through downtown Eureka Springs. The parade is kid and dog friendly.
Fat Tuesday on Dickson (Fayetteville)
Crowning held at Jose's Streetside Pavilion and parade.