Mardi Gras bash today in S’mass |

Mardi Gras bash today in S’mass

Jennifer Davoren

It’s not exactly Bourbon Street, but visitors to Snowmass Village will be able to shed their inhibitions tonight during its annual Mardi Gras celebration.

The Fat Tuesday celebration begins at 7 a.m. with the Mother of All Ascensions Snowshoe Race along Fanny Hill. Participants will compete for $5,000 in prizes, doled out at a post-race awards ceremony on the slope side of the mall.

Competition in the afternoon will involve, among other events, a crawdad bob – much like an apple bob, only featuring live animals, according to Lee Ann Reed of the Snowmass Village Resort Association.

“There are a ton of competitions between 3 and 4,” she said.

Prizes up for grabs throughout the afternoon will range from free dessert to a snowboard from Coors, and a parade at 4 p.m. will mean cash for the most creative entries.

Kids can make their own Mardi Gras disguises at a mask-making station at the Snowmass ticket pavilion throughout the day. Festival beads and masks will also be on sale on the mall, with proceeds going to the Little Red Schoolhouse.

“We’ve done it for the past six or seven years,” said Donna Paladino, an administrative assistant at the schoolhouse. “It’s for our general program, materials and things.”

Snowmass Mall restaurants and bars will be hosting their own parties tonight. The Cirque Cafe, for example, will have its annual cajun buffet, while local band Little Blue begins a set at 3:30 p.m.

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Posted: Tuesday, February 27, 2001

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