Floyd Mardi Gras
Midwinter in Southwestern Virginia can be drab sometimes. Maybe this is part of the reason that Floyd Mardi Gras is such a colorful and well-attended highlight each year. The 9th Annual Floyd Mardi Gras, which benefits Floyd’s Blue Mountain School, is Saturday, February 10th, from 6:30 to Midnight and beyond. It’s a full night of eclectic, soul-moving music and live entertainment hosted at Floyd’s unique DogTown Roadhouse.
On the main stage, Sol Roots and Lagniappe will be back to energize and harmonize the crowd with deep grooves of New Orleans funk and jazz. Everyone will want to experience the music of talented multi-instrumentalist and local musician Seph Custer, and the addictive and soulful Jordan Harman duo. Floyd’s very own neo-psychedelic dance band Flirting With Chemicals will bring everyone together, and Music Road Company’s contagious funk and reggae will entice even those on the edge of the dance floor to get down and groove.
But it’s not just music and dancing that can be found at Floyd Mardi Gras. In the Underground Lounge, a variety of brilliant live acts will impress and delight guests throughout the evening. The Blackjack table attracts those willing to test their luck, as does the silent auction which features some of the finest and most unusual local wares and services that Floyd has to offer.
Chef Richard L. Perry will be returning to serve up a scrumptious menu of authentic cajun dishes at the Krewe du Bleu dinner from 5pm to 6pm. Dinner guests will be served family-style by Blue Mountain School staff members.
The Mardi Gras Ball and Krewe du Bleu dinner are 18+ events. For more information and to purchase tickets for Mardi Gras, the Krewe du Bleu dinner, or Kiddy Gras, see floydmardigras.com.
Photography: Michael Keyes
Blue Mountain School has been serving children and families in Floyd County and surrounding areas for over 35 years. As a contemplative progressive school, Blue Mountain provides a holistic approach to education that nurtures the mind and the heart, the rational and the creative, the physical and the metaphysical; together, the contemplative and progressive models honor the whole child. With nearly 60 students enrolled, each year we are able to offer nearly $50,000 in financial aid and discounts to our families, mostly through generous contributions from our community. The Floyd Mardi Gras’ biggest and most exciting fundraiser each year is the Tom Ryan Memorial Floyd Mardi Gras Costume Ball.