Mardi Gras comes to Nocona each February, as the community puts its own spin on this New Orleans-style family-friendly event. That's why we call it Mardi Gras Nocona Style!
The festival kicks off with the Mardi Gras Ball with costumes and masks galore with the selection of the Mardi Gras King & Queen! Then later we start celebrating in full force, with a huge "Tailgate Party" that lasts all three days of the event. There's Cajun food and music, vendors, and activities for the whole family.
It's all about the beads, boots, and classic cars in this family-friendly event.
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The series of parades begins with a Pooch Parade! Dogs and owners are dressed up in their best Mardi Gras finery for a chance to win "Best Dressed" in Nocona's own Krew de Barkus Pooch Parade! It continues with the Kiddos Parade, and the ATV Parade, where carts and 4-wheelers are decorated to the hilt in green, gold and purple, before our final "Big Parade" on Saturday of Mardi Gras floats, bands, horses, cars, and of course, it's all about the BEADS!
The best is saved for last, as the big Mardi Gras Parade takes over downtown, full of creative and authentic Mardi Gras floats with a Nocona flair. The fun continues with Cajun food, music and dancing. You will not want to miss this popular event!