Ashburton Mardi Gras: Saturday 10 Feb 2018

Ashburton Mardi GrasIt’s Mardi Gras time!

Mardi Gras: ˌmɑːdɪ ˈɡrɑː,French maʀdi ɡʀɑ/

noun  1. A carnival held in some countries on Shrove Tuesday, most famously in New Orleans by “the Mardi Gras parade”. (See also, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Venice Carneval)

This is our home grown version…featuring Music! Costumes! Food! Revellry! Bringing a taste of New Orleans to Dartmoor. Facebook Event here: join, share, invite your friends!

It’s all happening on Saturday 10 February, 2018

Part 1: Mardi Gras Parade: open to everyone


Assemble at Ashburton Arts Centre.

Wear: fancy dress, masks or come as you are. Anything goes!

Bring: lanterns* , torches – or enjoy the light of the person standing next to you.

*NB we will be making lanterns using real flame tea lights that we will secure inside the lamps. If you would prefer to use LED tea lights or battery operated fairy lights, please bring these with you.


Leave Ashburton Arts Centre

Parade down Kingsbridge Lane and up Mill Meadow and back down Cleder Place.

We will be parading to a real Samba Band!


Arrive at Ashburton Town Hall for post-parade mingling

Children’s drink and snack 50p

Mardi Gras Feasting Bowls £4.50

Mardi Gras Bar will be open.

Families are welcome to stay and enjoy some food and drink in the Bar and Kitchen ‘Blue Room’ until 9pm.

7.30 – 11pm: Part 2: Evening Party 

Tickets available for anyone wishing to enjoy the evening event in the main hall, featuring the sounds of the ever-uplifting Rambunctious Social Club and the fabulously swinging South Devon Big Band. We’re transforming the Town Hall to bring the laid back good times party vibe of Louisiana to our small town this chilly February. Head on down and get hot!

£10 adults, children free.  Buy in advance at Churches or on the door.

Mardi Gras Workshops at the Arts Centre on 3 & 4 February: Samba Band, New Orleans Street Band, Swing Dance, Lantern & Mask-making. Click here for details. 


Ashburton Mardi Gras 2018 Poster
Click on the image for larger versions. Poster design: Rachel Griffin (feltwork) & Mark Burley (graphic design)

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