In Little Rock, we laissez les bons temps rouler like our neighbors in New Orleans. . .Maybe not just like them, but we still have a good time. Here are a few Mardi Gras celebrations in Arkansas. Unlike New Orleans, many are kid friendly.
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. Copeland's restaurant has king cheesecake.
Little Rock/North Little Rock
Carnival Vegan Dinner
The Green Corner Store is having a Carnival Vegan Dinner with Solfood Catering on February 27. It's Mardi Gras themed.
SoMa Mardi Gras Parade
The parade starts at noon Saturday at the corner of South Main and 24th streets. Festivities before and after the parade.
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.
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.