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Snowmass Mardi Gras

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Just because you are nestled in the mountains far from New Orleans (Ed.: or Brazil for that matter) does not mean you have to miss out on Mardi Gras festivities. Snowmass village hosts an annual Mardi Gras parade followed by parties at various bars on Fat Tuesday. The day kicks off with the annual Mother of All Ascensions race, a costumed snowshoe race up a 1,741-foot slope. Lasting the rest of the day, festivities are complete with mask-making, crawdad boils, king cake and authentic Cajun dishes. Catch some of the 24,000 beads thrown for your chance to win a piece of the King Cake, or aim for larger prizes. In recent years, a snowboard and gear from top ski-outfitters have been given out to lucky attendees.

If you are in ski country during Mardi Gras, be sure to head to Snowmass as it will surely be the region’s largest celebration of the kind.

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