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Downtown Culpeper Carnival – an all-day Mardi Gras celebration in the heart of Downtown Culpeper - Saturday, March 1st

Laissez les bon temps rouler! On March 1, 2014, join the excitement of Mardi Gras in Downtown Culpeper, Virginia! Fun for the entire family including: live music, street performers, performing artists, wagon rides, New Orleans inspired food, face-painting, and mask decorating. Enjoy the traditions of Mardi Gras with beads and masks for all.

Explore Historic Downtown Culpeper, while experiencing all that the Culpeper Downtown Carnival has to offer: eat savory, shop, listen, learn, and eat sweet for your chance at an amazing Downtown Gift Basket! Entry cards along with the schedule of events are located in shops and restaurants throughout the downtown district, so be certain to pick one up today.

Enjoy all day in-store specials with many merchants open until 8 PM. Restaurants will serve up delicious Mardi Gras themed specials from sweet French Quarter beignets and King Cake, to savory gumbo and po’ boys that are sure to please.

Complete this wonderful day with GRAMMY award winning artist Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience at the State Theatre at 7 PM. For nearly 30 years, Terrance Simien, 8th generation Louisiana Creole has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous Zydeco roots music is and is not. Leading his Zydeco Experience band, Simien has become one of the most respected and accomplished artists in American roots music today. He and his band mates have performed over 7,000 concerts and toured millions of miles to over 45 countries during their eventful career. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the State Theatre at www.culpepertheatre.org .

Keep up with the latest Downtown Culpeper Carnival information at www.facebook.com/culpepercarnival or contact Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. at 540-825-4416 or visit www.culpeperdowntown.com.

Schedule of Events:

10am – 12pm – artist Ahnalisa Parker making ceramic art @ Moving Meadows Farm

10am - 1pm - Susie Clancy of Alpaca Punch Farm spinning alpaca fiber @ Moving Meadows Farm

10am–2pm – FREE Mask Decorating @ 121 West Locust Street with K Art & Design and the Museum of Culpeper History

11am – 2pm – artist Jill Storey painting @ 145 Art & Design Studio

11am - 2pm – artist Roque Castro @ Green Roost

11am – 4pm – jewelers & handwriting analysis Maureen Reese to interpret your handwriting @ The Loft

11am – 4pm – local child artists @ The Gallery at Lollipop Station

12pm – 2pm – artist Jessie Meehan will paint @ Sara Schneidman Gallery

12pm – 3pm – Organ Grinder Terry Bender @ Davis Street

12pm – 3pm – artist Shirin of Shirin Designs creating jewelry @ Main Street Hair Studio

12pm – 3pm - live music by Aubrey Driggers @ Vinosity

12pm – 4pm – FREE Face Painting, live acoustical music of Steve Haug, demos and dancing @                  Magickal Things Studio, 121 West Locust Street

12pm – 8pm – FREE hot chocolate, s’mores, and fire pit @ Shenandoah Garden Spot

1pm – 2pm - FREE Creole for Kidz & The History of Zydeco educational Session presented by Terrance Simien @ The State Theatre

1pm – 3pm – artist Sonja Wise @ Pepperberries

1pm – 3pm – artist Anna Marie Torre Wright of Prancing Pony Pottery @ Moving Meadows Farm

1pm – 3pm – Live Jazz with Julie Verba & The Eleven $ Hats @ Raven’s Nest Coffee House

1pm – 4pm – FREE horse drawn wagon rides with Genesis Farms @ Departing from the Depot

1pm – 4pm - artist Alicia Guy @ The Cameleer

1pm – 4pm - Costumed strolling street performers

1pm – 4pm – Learn how to make rag dolls & write with a quill pen @ Lollipop Station, 171 E. Davis St.

2pm – 6pm – Live music by Scuffletown @ Culpeper Cheese Company

2:30pm - 4pm – artist Michelle Powell @ Green Roost

3pm – 4:30pm – FREE Gumbo Cooking Demonstration with Terrance Simien @ Davis Street Pier

7pm – 9pm - Live Jazz with The South Paws -@ Raven’s Nest Coffee House

7pm – Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience featuring creole music with accordion @ the State Theatre

All day – Restaurant Specialty Menus:

Culpeper Cheese Company – Special Mardi Gras menu featuring wine and beer pairings

Foti’s Restaurant – Shrimp and Grit Soup, Blackened White Fish over Dirty Rice with an Andouille Sauce, Beignets With a Coffee Caramel Sauce

Hazel River Inn Restaurant Savory Mardi Gras inspired cuisine

It’s About Thyme, The Copper Fish, and Thyme Market – Etouffee, red beans & rice, jambalaya, Po’ boys (oyster, shrimp, steak), Culpeper beignets, and beads for all  

Knakal’s – Beignets & King Cake

Piedmont Steak House – Shrimp & chicken creole, fried crawfish tails, specialty Mardi Gras drinks

Raven’s Nest - Gumbo, red beans & rice, pralines, king cake and Chicory Coffee

The Restaurant – Mardi Gras inspired cuisine and crawfish boil

All day – Merchant In-store Specials:

145 Art & Design Studio - In-store merchandise specials

The Cameleer – a drawing for two tickets to the showing of Lawrence of Arabia at The State Theatre

Clarke Hardware – 10% discount

Culpeper Cheese Company – enter for your chance to win a drawing

The Frenchman’s Corner – Samplings of health food, cocoa & chocolate, sidewalk sale & door prizes

Georgie Mae’s Antiques & Collectibles – 10% off Lucky Seven items

Green Roost - enter for your chance to win a gift certificate, cookies

Harriet’s General King Cake – whoever finds the baby will win a surprise

K Art and Design 10% off all K Boutique scarves

KK Printing & Stationery – 20% off all purple, green & yellow stationery, sweet treats for all

Knakal’s - will have drawing for $20.00 gift certificate

The Loft - 10%-30% off selected items, food samplings

Lollipop Station free Mardi Gras candies for children

Magickal Things 20% off all merchandise, king cake

Main Street Hair Studio 10% off retail and services, in-store raffle for a free haircut and goodie bag of hair care products

Moving Meadows Farm – Fresh Bread special – Buy one get one half price today only!

My Secret Stash – Free gift w/ $20 purchase, one gift certificate giveaway & coupons for reduced ghost tour

Shenandoah Garden Spot - store wide Mardi Gras Madness Sale

Pepperberries – Drawing for prize, Mardi Gras snacks & fun

Sara Schneidman Gallery – Spend over $25 and enter for you chance to win a hand crafted gift

Taste Oil Vinegar Spice – Free tastings of balsamic or olive oil over Brusters ice cream

Vinosity – Complimentary wine & beer tastings