Mardi Gras Columbia
Saturday, February 25th

As Grassroots as they come, Mardi Gras Columbia is a festival without a merchants association or even a single penny in H-Tax behind it. Instead its self-funded (just like Trump’s campaign, y’all) by Krewe de ColumbiYa-Ya, presenting Mardi Gras at City Roots since 2009. It’s the only community event in town that features a 5K you can run with your dog. It also features a swell tractor-led parade through Rosewood.

This year’s beneficiary is Congaree Riverkeeper. So, gulp down an Abita or five… and enjoy up to 37 bands while helping to protect and improve the water quality, wildlife habitat, and recreation of Columbia’s amazing river system. It’s free to get in. Commemorative cups will be available for monetary donations and there will be plenty of brew on hand to swill from said cups.
Get interested or tell your friends you’re going on the Mardi Gras Facebook event page.

Here’s the day’s full schedule:

7:00 5K Registration
8:00 5K Starts
10:00 Parade Line Up
11:00 Parade Starts
12:00 Bands, Bands, Bands…

Riverkeeper Stage
12:00-12:45 Capital City Playboys
1:00-1:45 Reverend Mickens
2:00-2:45 Drink Small
3:00-3:45 Dexter Romweber
4:00-4:45 Melon Funky
5:00-6:00 Eight Track Parade

SC Compassion Stage
12:00-12:45 Devils in Disguise
1:00-1:45 Flat Out Strangers
2:00-2:45 Tom Hall and the Plowboys
3:00-3:45 Mustache Brothers
4:00-4:45 Hard Tack
5:00-6:00 Captain Midnight

Krewe de ColumbiYa-Ya Stage
12:00-12:30 Pharaohs in Space
12:45-1:15 Soda City Riot
1:30-2:15 Danielle Howle
2:30-3:00 Dirty Gone Dolas
3:15-4:00 Big Sky Country
4:15-5:00 Black Iron Gathering

WXRY 99.3 FM Stage
11:00–11:45 Preach Jacobs
12:00-12:30 S.T.A.T.
12:45–1:15 Space Coke
1:30-2:15 Boo Hag
2:30-3:00 The Moon Moths
3:15-4:00 Alarm Drum
4:15-5:00 sandcastles

Freeway Music Stage
12:00-5:00 12 Freeway Rock Bands