Venice Beach Mardi Gras VisitVeniceCa March 2, 2014 Annual Events Miss Jessica and the The Gumbo Brothers to host the 16th Annual Venice Beach Mardi Gras Parade on the Venice Beach Boardwalk this Sat. Feb. 8, 2017! Get your costumes ready for this fun and colorful event! Who can participate: Everyone Admission: Free Theme~Cosmic Future! Mardi Gras Parade meeting time: 11:00 a.m. at the North City Parking lot (Rose Ave and The Venice Boardwalk) Beach Parking Lot $9 After party A dance party with live music by Miss Jessica and the Gumbo Brothers. Venice Paparazzi will be hosting an automated photo booth. See you there! . Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/The-Venice-Beach-Mardi-Gras-Parade-156643371150720/?fref=ts . VENICE HISTORY: Following insert by © 1998 by Jeffrey Stanton. Venice held its first annual Mardi Gras Festival August 16-18, 1935. The three day event featuring parades, costumes, contests and entertainment, was modeled after the New Orleans event. It was conceived by the local businessmen as a commercial enterprise that would publicize the community, attract large crowds and require cooperation of people from many segments of the populace. It began with the arrival of King Neptune in an outrigger canoe followed by Queen Venetia’s coronation and a royal procession along Ocean Front Walk. The queen read a proclamation commanding her subjects to engage in three days of fun and frivolity. The afternoon parade featured floats and costumed merrymakers wearing enormous plaster of paris heads that were manufactured in Arthur Reese’s studio. Windward Avenue was roped off for a street carnival where wandering gondoliers entertained. The parade included Keystone Cops and people wearing enormous plaster of paris head gear. The king and queen’s float along Venice’s Ocean Front Walk. – 1938. There was an afternoon treasure hunt for children and an evening program of aquatic events on Saturday. Sunday’s Miss California beauty pageant drew huge crowds, and a Mardi Gras Ball in the evening capped the celebration. The Mardi Gras Festival became an annual event of considerable importance prior to World War II. It became bigger and better each succeeding year and civic pride improved. By 1941 five hundred thousand people attended the expanded four day event in its final year. Click here for more Venice History! For more history on Venice, check out Jeffrey Stanton’s website visit, www.westland.net/venice/stanton.htm. If you love Venice History, purchase his book “Venice California-The Cooney Island of the Pacific”. Join the Venice Beach Mardi Gras family on facebook! Mardi Gras photos in slideshow by Venice Paparazzi! www.HireVP.com for your next event!