Eureka Mardi Gras
Join in the Fun and Frolic of Eureka Gras Mardi Gras as it was started in 2006 having been led by the Krewe of Krazo (that’s Ozark spelled backwards).
“Corps du Cavalier”
It is the intent of the organizers to appreciate Eureka Springs as holding year-round events with “Eureka Gras” being an element of local citizenry participation in addition to local businesses with the inclusion of neighboring communities being involved.
Within the next few years, “Eureka Gras” will become the anchor for a Super Mardi Gras celebration in the Ozarks comprising not just NW Arkansas but the adjoining states.
As in the case of Mardi Gras along the Gulf Coast states of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, the celebration is a Carnival of a myriad of activities that are spread over a calendar period from January 1 through February and sometimes to include March — making those areas prime destination targets for tourism during the Winter Season.
Brief history sketch of Mardi Gras
D’Iberville, upon discovering the mouth of the Mississippi in 1699, celebrated a Mass on Mardi Gras Day on the banks of the river. Mobile, Alabama held the first Mardi Gras celebration in the French New World with the Cowbellian deRakin Society that began in 1830 on New Year’s Eve. The group was so named for the cowbells and rakes used as noisemakers when the men, led by Michael Kraft, walked the streets in a spontaneous festivity. Over the years, the group grew in size and reputation, and in 1840, it added floats to its parade.
In 1852, members of the Cowbellians marched in New Orleans, and the next year the men participated in a local bal masque.” They were also part of the group that in 1857 established the Mistick Krewe of Comus, which became the beginning of the New Orleans Carnival parading tradition as we know it, a tradition that would become part of the universal image of Carnival.
Historically, it is reported that as early as the 1620s, Swedes and Finns of Tinicum – a subdivision in Philadelphia, celebrated the New Year by shooting off guns (calling themselves the “Shooters”) and banging pots and pans in a clamor. When they began masking, they were called “Mummers,” a German derivative that means masking. The use of masks and different costu
mes were carried over from the Greek celebrations of King Momus, the Italian-feast of Saturnalia, and the British Mummery play.
So the new standard was set in Mobile, and later, at New Orleans.
Mardi Gras societies became known as Krewes, and most were made up of prominent society types or businessmen. The event marked the height of the social season.
Eureka Springs had its first taste of Mardi Gras, as promised by the Cowbellians and the Rascallians from the Gulf Coast. Dan Ellis and Al Hooks, both originating from New Orleans, created a grand time that was shared by ALL who participated in 2006 and 2007, when the Krewe of Krazo founded the first spectacular.
Organized by Dan Ellis in 2006 — its Founders Dan Ellis and Al Hooks ask everyone to come out in costume and masks.
Krazo Gras came to Eureka with a first year splash!
Heralding the best of old style Mardi Gras activities, Eureka Springs molds its own unique extravaganza.
Krewe of Krazo Captain Mary Popovac urges all fun-lovin’ folk to don Mardi Gras costumery and join in creating a greater “Eureka Gras Mardi Gras Extravaganza”.
For more information please call — Mary 225-405-9672 or 479-253-2265