Mardi Gras meets the mountains in Breckenridge |

Mardi Gras meets the mountains in Breckenridge

Mardi Gras in Breck isn’t your typical resort-produced money-making event. It sprung up about 15 years ago from a tight-knit, party-lovin’ group of New Orleanians who wanted to “laissez les bons temps rouler” in the less crowded mountain town of Breckenridge. Though they didn’t miss the hordes of people in their hometown, they missed the beads, boas, masks, king cakes, hurricanes and general festivities of Mardi Gras, so they started throwing some beads around. Now, the celebration has grown to include the Bacchus Ball, a free concert and a parade.The fourth annual Bacchus Ball serves up N’awlins cuisine, king cakes and hurricanes and invites people to don a mask, feathers, beads and other fanfare. (If you don’t have your own beads, boas and masks, they’ll all be available for purchase at the event.) Hazel Miller belts out her soulful tunes, and the 2011 Rex and Queen take their crowns at the event.At 6 p.m. Monday, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet infuses the Riverwalk Center with its genuine Louisiana sound. Two brothers, Michael Doucet (on fiddle and vocals) and David Doucet (guitar and vocals) rounded up musicians in Lafayette, La., in 1975 to pump out some Cajun music. Within two years, it became one of the most popular bands performing traditional and original music stemming from Creole and Cajun folk tunes. Since then, the band has incorporated other genres, such as rock, jazz, blues and calypso into its zydeco blend. They’re one of the few bands playing traditional Louisiana music to win Grammy awards (for “L’ Amour Ou La Folie” in 1997 and for “Live At the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival BeauSoleil & Michael Douce” in 2009).”We wanted to include music that’s fun, high-energy and inspires dancing,” said marketing manager Rachel Zerowin. “BeauSoleil does just that, and they do it with the sounds of southern Louisiana.”Tuesday’s parade is the last chance to party (at least for devout Catholics), with a parade rolling down Main Street at 4:30 p.m. “Momentum for this event has been growing over the years, and that’s meant a steady increase in both floats and parade goers,” Zerowin said.Restaurants will hold post-parade parties throughout town with drink specials, music and more revelry.

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