We’re looking forward to the 5th annual Mardi Gras Oak Cliff parade! Thank you for signing on to participate.
The parade is set for 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10. The parade lineup information will be emailed to participants the week before we roll. All floats will be required to check in at the intersection of Polk and West 7th streets by 3 p.m. on Feb. 10.
We wanted to pass along these rules from the City of Dallas:
1. All parade participants, riding or standing on floats or motorized vehicles, must wear safety belts, and have hand holds or back supports securing them in place while the float or vehicle is in motion.
2. All parade participants, who drive floats or motorized vehicles, must have a valid driver’s license and show proof of liability insurance.
3. Please note that alcohol is not permitted on the floats. Open container laws do apply.
This is a family-friendly parade. If it doesn’t seem appropriate for ages 8 to 88, then please don’t do it!
Each adult participating in the parade is required to have a minimum of four gross of beads — or 576 strands. You can buy them online or you can pop into ABC Party on West Davis and buy in bulk there. I know it sounds like a lot of beads, but trust me — you’ll use them all, and you’ll probably run out early!
We have created a discounted ticket for the Mardi Gras ball on Saturday, Feb. 9. Log on to Prekindle. The promo code is: “rider”, and could be used for up to two tickets.
The ball is a pretty fantastic party; we have three bands: Inner City All-Stars, the Matt Tolentino Band, and Club Wood. Your ticket also includes heavy Cajun-style hors d’oeuvres.
On Sunday, Feb. 10, we will host two watch parties along the parade route. Permits for alcohol have been secured. One party will be near Lockhart Smokehouse, and the other is on West Davis, at the gravel lot next to Calvario Funeral Home and Safety Glass.
The events are posted on Facebook. We’d appreciate you inviting your friends! The link can be accessed by clicking here. We also keep a list of parade entrants up there! If you have any questions, please shoot me a note. And if you need a little inspiration for your float, take a look at these photos from 2011 and 2012!
Amy Wallace Cowan,