2019 Mardi Gras

As they say in NOLA, “Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!”

Food and fare and festival flare! We’re bringing Mardi Gras to the shores of Lake Erie. For one week, the water will run purple, gold and green. Bag some beads from our custom made “parade” route, and dine in at some of our best restaurants! They’ve got a meal made to make your mouth water for those traditional southern dishes. It’s all about the hospitality, and we’re serving it up with a couple deals at some of our finest bed & breakfasts. And that’s just part of the fun to be found right in your own backyard as part the first-ever Mardi Gras in Lorain County, held March 1-9. Sponsored by Lorain County Commissioners, Visit Lorain County and Lorain County Community College.

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The Party Starts Here!

Kick-off your adventure by picking up a custom Mardi Gras Passport, either at Visit Lorain County (8025 Leavitt Road, Amherst) or at one of the participating locations found below.

Your Passport will guide you to the special meals, deals, drinks, exhibits and performances being offered at restaurants, bars, bakeries, shops, hotels, art galleries and theaters across the county. Take part in the Mardi Gras deal being offered and you’ll get both a stamp and a bead necklace. Your passport will also lead you to stunning window displays, where you’ll find a Mardi Gras-inspired code word (more on that in a sec).

Even better, your Passport is your ticket to keep the good times rolling. Those who have been stamped from two places in each respective category (restaurants, bars, bakeries, shops; lodging excluded.), completed all code words in displays/storefronts, and attend the concert are eligible to enter our drawing for our GRAND PRIZE.

Straight from New Orleans

Coming all the way from New Orleans, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience will heat up the night with a concert held on Saturday, March 9 at Lorain County Community College at 7:00 in the Hoke Theatre at Stocker Center. General admission is $5, order your tickets now. If you haven’t heard zydeco yet, you’re in for an upbeat treat with the sounds of the guitar, fiddle, accordion, drums and rubboard.

Order your tickets over the phone at Stocker Arts Box Office: 440.366.4040

What better way to spend your Saturday evening than relaxing and listening to a world-class zydeco band after a meal feasting on Jambalaya, gumbo and other Cajun delights!

Before the concert, take the time to sample authentic Creole fare during our Final Fête! Indulge in the culinary showcase for $15 a person (VIP concert ticket is included). March 9, 5:30 p.m. at Lorain County Community College right before Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience takes the stage.

“Simien is a Zydeco Master: his voice yearning like Sam Cooke, he delivers soul worthy of Stax greats and shows crossover class.”

– Rolling Stone

Find Your Feathers, Find Your Masks

Did you pick up any beads at participating businesses? How about a new hat or a costume? Well now’s your chance. Wear your finest Mardi Gras get-up on March 9th when you attend the food showcase and concert.

We’re giving away prizes to those who show their Mardi Gras spirit! King’s Cakes, Pralines, we’ve got all the goods for our costumed guests.

You’ll have plenty of time after Mardi Gras to be “good,” so get ready for the hottest week of the winter. It’s a guaranteed good time — right in our own backyard.

Win Big from the Big Easy

    • Participants must attend the concert to win. Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience will perform on March 9. Participants are asked to hold onto their ticket stub/receipt for proof of purchase.
    • Participants must have had their passports stamped at two places in each respective category: restaurants/bars; bakeries; shops; (Lodging is excluded). Participants must also have completed their code words from the Window Decorating contest.
    • Wine and dine on Southern Creole specials! One stamp per order at restaurants and bars, no exceptions. One person orders one special and receives one stamp on their passport for corresponding location.
    • Stamps at shops with a posted special. Stamps will not be granted to participants from shops that are solely participating in the display contest. A special code-word unique to each shop will suffice.
    • Stop in and stay awhile! Shops with specials will stamp your passport when the participating guests browse their wares. Some of the greatest and most unique things you’ll find are often discovered in small shops!
    • Participants must submit their official Mardi Gras card to Visit Lorain County by March 15. Cards can be submitted:
      • in person at 8025 Leavitt Road, Amherst, 44001 during regular business hours
      • By mail to: Mardi Gras, 8025 Leavitt Road, Amherst, OH 44001
      • By snapping a picture of both sides and emailing it to: visitors@visitloraincounty.com
    • Only one entry per person.
    • One winner will be chosen for the Grand Prize: Hand-selected gift baskets full of NOLA favorites straight from New Orleans!
    • Winners must contact Visit Lorain County immediately for the details of their prize. Can be reached via email or phone.