Lakewood Mardi Gras
July 13, 2018 - July 15, 2018
The 64th Annual Lakewood Mardi Gras is now just over a month away and the organizing committee has set the daily time schedule for the many events taking place on July 13-15, 2018.
Friday the 13th is the kickoff for this year's celebration and the first activity is truly unique. Human Foosball is something not found at many venues, but it will be played for the second year starting at 4:00 p.m. The midway will feature Spectrum Carnival Rides starting at 5:00 p.m., with a Wrist Band Period from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. (Carnival Wrist Bands will cost $20.00 in advance and may be purchased at local businesses or online, or for $25.00 on the Midway.) Providing entertainment Friday night will be "A-Town Unplugged" taking the stage at 7:00 p.m.
It is full throttle ahead with a busy schedule for Saturday, July 14th, and it gets started early with the first pitch of the annual Mardi Gras Softball Tournament slated for 8:00 a.m. Also Saturday morning, a Fun Scramble Pickleball Tournament will begin at 9:00 a.m. Spectrum Carnival Rides will be on the midway with two Wrist Band sessions; the first one running from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., and the second session running from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. The FREE Museum For A Weekend II, featuring local history exhibits, will open in the Community Building at 11:00 a.m. and remain open to the public until 6:00 p.m. A 12:00 Noon start has been scheduled for the Cornhole Tournament, and Noon is also the tentative starting time for the Kids' Fishing Pond, courtesy of the Lions and Trout Unlimited. A Pig Roast has been set for 3:00 p.m., with a promise of a larger supply than last year, when the supply of pork was quickly exhausted. Finally to close out Saturday, the popular group "Crankin Yankees" will be performing on stage at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday gets an early start as the Softball Tournament resumes play at 8:00 a.m. The Museum For A Weekend II will open at 10:00 a.m. to allow people arriving early for the Noon parade to visit the exhibits before the parade; and will remain open until 4:00 p.m. The highlight of Sunday is the Mardi Gras Parade, which starts on the west end of town at High Noon. Parade participants are encouraged to line up early in the area near the Lakewood Cemetery. Spectrum Rides will again be operating on the midway, with a Wrist Band session from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. A Meat Raffle has been tentatively scheduled for Sunday afternoon and entertainment will be provided by DJ Greg Tallier.
With all of the activities that have been scheduled, a variety of food and beverage stands will operate at different times throughout the weekend; and the menu includes pizza and corn. The organizers of the Mardi Gras are hoping for good weather that will bring out even more people than attended last year's successful event. Click here for Softball Tournament Registration!