Get your costumes ready for 2 days of Venice Beach Fun at the 17th Annual Venice Beach Mardi Gras Parade. This annual event is hosted by Miss Jessica and the The Gumbo Brothers. Thanks to Miss Jessica and the Gumbo Brothers for keeping the Venice Beach Mardi Gras Parade tradition alive for the last 17 years! Top photo: Miss Jessica leading the Venice Beach Mardi Gras Parade on the Venice Beach Boardwalk. View the Mardi Gras experience via the lens of Venice Paparazzi below! , THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH. The King’s Ball~Venice Beach Mardi Gras Parade Warm up Party at Surfside Venice! Live music, dance party and crowning of the 2018 Royalty Steve and Colleen. Details here! . SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH VENICE BEACH MARDI GRAS PARADE SCHEDULE: Get your costumes ready, and join the Zany Fun on Feb. 10th! This event is family friendly. Pre parade party at The Venice Ale House 10-11:30am. Parking: North City parking lot @ Rose Ave/Ocean Front Walk (Boardwalk) Parade line up 11:45 a.m. at Rose Ave/ Boardwalk. Parade led by Miss Jessica and the The Mudbug Brass Band and The Venice Electric Light Parade will be bringing up the rear. Mardi Gras Parade starts at 12:00 noon. After Parade Funky Dance Party w/ The Gumbo Brothers at Surfside Venice 2:00-5:00pm Drink specials, bead toss. Details here. . For event updates, check out Venice Beach Mardi Gras on facebook! . The Gumbo Brothers at the afterparty at Surfside on Feb. 10, 2018 The Mardi Gras party will be at Surfside Venice, 23 Windward Ave. Venice, Ca 90291 . www.SurfsideVenice.com . A little Venice History: Following insert 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 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. For more history on Venice, visit Jeffrey Stanton’s website , or purchase his book “Venice California-The Cooney Island of the Pacific“. .——- View past Mardi Gras pics by Venice Paparazzi below! . In this photo: 2015 Venice Beach Mardi Gras Queen Michelle Van Vlie & King Marc William Sloan. In this featured photo: 2015 Venice Beach Mardi Gras King and Queen with the 2018 Royalty Steve & Colleen . View all Mardi Gras photos by Venice Paparazzi! . Fan and follow the Venice Beach Mardi Gras community on facebook! For event updates, check out Venice Beach Mardi Gras on facebook!