Q: What is green and purple and gold all over? And has beads?
A: It's Mardi Gras! Mardi Gras all over are known as a fun and festive time (think Carnevale in Brazil and Venice, Italy, plus, of course Mardi Gras New Orleans). It's full of parades, masques, and costumes, plus libations, food, and partying.
So how could a city named after Venice be left out of Mardi Gras? Answer: it couldn't. Venice Beach holds an awesome Mardi Gras every year. It initially started in the mid-1930s; and then fell into a decline during the Depression and the World War II years. However, it was revived because it is an awesome party, and the one this year, on February 10, will be the 17th anniversary of its reincarnation.
The parade starts at noon at the intersection of Rose Ave and The Boardwalk in Venice Beach. (Parking is available at the North City parking lot.) Admission is free and open to all.
If you've seen pictures of other Mardi Gras, you may be wondering if you have to be on a float or have to dress a certain way. Well, no. Plenty of people will be dressed in Mardi Gras gear (the purple, the gold, masques, and sometimes jester's hat), and there will be krewes (as the Krewe of Kinney). But many people just come and are themselves. You can be as funky or as down home as you wanna be.
A large party will be held after the parade at the Surfside Venice, starting at 2 p.m. In fact, if you want to party before the parade, a pre-party starts at 10 a.m., at the Venice Ale House.
Musicians The Gumbo Brothers will perform; they are from LA, but play New Orleans style. The singer Miss Jessica will also perform.
If you're planning on staying at our Manhattan Beach Hotel, The SeaView Inn, you can simply Contact us for more information on events in the area during your visit.