Get decked out in your wackiest purple, green and gold attire and bring the kids to one of the best family-friendly events on Tybee Island, the ninth annual Mardi Gras Parade and street party. Event-goers will enjoy live music carried by ocean breezes and a colorful parade that is sure to be a blast for everyone.
Put on your dancing shoes and kick off Mardi Gras festivities at noon Feb. 25 with a street party fit for the whole family. The party starts at the Tybrisa Roundabout (Tybrisa Street and Butler Avenue) followed by a musical performance from the Christy Alan Band at 12:30 p.m.
Grab your chairs and line up along the parade route for the annual Mardi Gras Parade beginning at Tybee Island Memorial Park and ending on Tybrisa Street.
Collect all of your beads from the parade and head back to the Roundabout as The Hypnotics keep the street party going with a live performance from 2:30-6 p.m.
Don’t worry, the festivities don’t stop here! Keep the celebration going at the Tybee Post Theater for an after party that will have you feeling like you are actually in New Orleans. The event starts with a Mardi Gras gala/VIP party on the theater’s front lawn at 7 p.m. followed by a performance inside the theater at 8 p.m. by nationally acclaimed big band, the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra.
Festive Mardi Gras attire is encouraged!
Melissa Turner, director of the theater, describes the event as “Tybee Island’s version of a masked ball party accompanied by music infused with a Louisiana spice.”
The VIP party will set the tone for the night with complimentary cocktails, Cajun-inspired hors d’oeuvres and king cake, of course. The king cake tradition is one of the most beloved traditions of Mardi Gras. The way this works is that whoever finds the tiny plastic baby figurine in the cake gets to be king for the day! And let’s be honest here, who doesn’t want to spend the day as royalty?
If that doesn’t give you reason enough to join the party, VIP guests will also get the chance to meet and greet with the two Louisiana natives, Jeremy Davis and Clay Johnson, who lead the 11-piece jazz band.
Immediately following the gala, the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra will take the stage with a blend of Sinatra-style standards, Motown and southern soul topped with the unique sounds of Louisiana. This two-hour concert will have you dancing in the aisles all night long.
Tickets for the concert and gala package are $50 and tickets for just the concert are $25 or $30 for premium seating. Get them in advance at tybeeposttheater.showare.com.
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IF YOU GO
What: Mardi Gras Tybee
When: Noon-6 p.m. Feb. 25; parade is at 2 p.m.
Where: Tybee Island
What: The Fabulous Krewe of Equinox Mardi Gras
When: 7-10 p.m. Feb. 25
Where: Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave.
Cost: Concert tickets are $25-$30; concert and gala tickets are $50