The Mardi Gras Street Festival will feature live music and special performances, face painting and a walking parade for children and adults. There will also be a King and Queen Costume Contest for teenagers, as well as a Parade Prince and Princess for younger participants.
The day-long festivities will conclude with a sensational evening of music, dancing and fun during our Mardi Gras Renaissance Ball at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Attire is black-tie optional, but Mardi Gras masks are encouraged, so here's your chance to come out dressed to impress!
Tickets to the Renaissance Ball are now on sale for $60 per person. The ticket price includes live entertainment, a buffet dinner, cash bar, two King and Queen raffle tickets - and one drink ticket redeemable for a 'Hurricane.' A Renaissance Ball King and Queen will be crowned during the evening. Each of our guests will receive two free raffle tickets on which to nominate their choice for King and Queen. Additional tickets may be purchased to increase your nominees' chances of winning. The winners will be drawn from among the submitted tickets and crowned our Renaissance Ball King and Queen.
Event proceeds will be used to support arts programming at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre.
Downtown Merchant Specials
Several participating downtown merchants will offer special discounts and activities – many with a Mardi Gras theme - throughout the day.
Mardi Gras App
Android and iPhone users can have a handy pocket guide to this year’s Mardi Gras celebration in the palm of their hands by downloading the Town of Wake Forest app and using the app’s "Mardi Gras" function. Designed to provide smart phone users with useful information about all of the 2014 Wake Forest Mardi Gras festivities, the function offers instant access to the day’s schedule of events, volunteer opportunities, Renaissance Ball tickets and more.
IPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android users can download the town’s free app by searching for “Town of Wake Forest" on iTunes, in the iPhone app store or in Google Play or by scanning the appropriate QR code provided at www.wakeforestnc.gov/app.aspx.