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Mardi Gras in the Rocky Mountains: Tuesdays are fattest at 9,000 feet

Summit Daily staff report
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In Breckenridge, revelers in masks, boas and beads will fill the streets on Fat Tuesday for live music and revelry in a New Orleans-inspired, Mardi Gras-style party and parade.

But at 9,000 feet, they won't be the only ones this Feb. 28, also known as Fat Tuesday, as other Mardi Gras-inspired events are planned in Keystone, Frisco and across Summit County.

The Breckenridge Mardi Gras party starts at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday with the parade at 4:30 p.m. It's a can't-miss kind of event for anyone who loves the annual celebrations of The Big Easy.

Staging for the Breckenridge parade starts at 3:30 p.m. on Main Street, between French Street and Watson Avenue. The best floats will be honored with winners taking home $500 for first, $300 for second and $200 for third places.

Following the parade, there will be a free concert at the Riverwalk Center featuring the Lowdown Brass Band and beer for $4. Call (970) 453-5055 or go to GoBreck.com for more info.

Additionally, for anyone who needs a super special mask for the parade, there will be a Mardi Gras mask painting at 11 a.m. at Ready Paint Fire, 323 N. Main St., Breckenridge. There people can make their own ceramic Madi Gras mask and wear it at the Breckenridge parade for $25.

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Gumbo cook-off

For anyone wanting to savor the taste of Mardi Gras, Keystone will be dishing up Southern cousin as revelers there celebrate with a free concert and The River Run Gumbo Cook-off from 2:30-5 p.m. Tuesday.

Fat Tuesday in Keystone is a family-friendly soirée that features free live music, games, a cash bar and what's being described as Summit County's best gumbo, prepared by local chefs and inspired by the official cuisine of Louisiana.

Whether their style is Cajun or Creole, restaurants from Keystone and beyond will have more than bragging rights on the line as they dish up their best batches of gumbo and offer it to the judges.

Official judges then will rank their first- and second-place picks in the seafood and exotic, and the chicken and sausage classifications. More than $1,600 in prize money will be up for grabs, while patrons will decide the coveted People's Choice award.

The Keystone Neighbourhood Company will also be honoring one team with a spirit award, and participants are encouraged to dress up themselves and their booths and in their Mardi Gras best.

A schedule of events in Keystone is as follows:

• 2:30-3:30 p.m. DJ spinning tunes

• 2:30-5 p.m. Gumbo tasting

• 3-3:30 p.m. Professional and People's Choice judging

• 3:30-5 p.m. Free concert by Nacho Men

• 5 p.m. Winners announced

Unlimited gumbo tasting bracelets are $12 in advance or $15 at the gate in the River Run Village. Free parking is available at the River Run Lots, off Highway 6 East on Gondola Road. For more info, call (970) 423-8992 or go to KeystoneNeighbourhood.com.

Fidos take over Frisco

The dogs get the spotlight — though everyone is encouraged to come, not just pet owners — when the Mardi Gras 4Paws pet parade gets to stepping Saturday in downtown Frisco.

Registration and festivities surrounding the costume parade for pups begin at 2 p.m. with a "yappy hour" street party on 2nd Avenue, between Main Street and the Granite Street alley.

Pre-registration is $20 per dog and $5 for each additional dog and is available online at SummitLaps.com. Same-day registration will be available starting at 2 p.m. at 2nd Avenue and Main Street. Humans are free. For more information, go to SummitLaps.com or email LAPS@colorado.net.

Other Mardi Gras performances

• At 10 p.m. Feb. 28, The Willie Waldman Project Mardi-Gras Show at the Goat Soup and Whiskey Tavern, 22954 U.S. Highway 6.

• Also on Feb. 28, there will be the fifth annual Fat Tuesday Party at Barkley Ballroom, 610 E. Main St. in Frisco, starring the Lowdown Brass Band from Chicago, a horn-driven tour de force. The performance begins at 9 p.m.

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