Coming Up: Carnegie Carnival 2021 in Decatur

Carnegie Carnival 2021 in Decatur

A fun family North Alabama Mardi Gras tradition rolls on with a few minor adjustments! The Carnegie Carnival 2021 in Decatur will be held Saturday, Feb. 13th.

Full Day of Fun

For those of you thinking the Carnegie Carnival 2021 in Decatur is just a parade, think again! There are events all carnival season. In fact, follow their Facebook page and stay up-to-date on the fundraisers and other activities leading up to the culminating Carnegie Carnival Parade at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13th.

This annual fundraiser for the Carnegie Visual Arts Center is a festive way to support the local arts in your community. From participating by rallying for Mardi Gras royalty to helping out with the Catch and Release Bead Recycling Program, there are lots of ways to get involved!

Rise and Shine

You can start your Saturday the 13th bright and early. Register for the 5th Annual Carnival Frolic 13.1 and arrive at Founders Park, 905 Canal St. NE, at 7 a.m. Not ready to run in-person? No problem! Choose the virtual race instead by clicking here.

But if you come in-person, be ready to run along the Tennessee River, through the historic district, and Point Mallard Park. This half-marathon course also happens to be USATF certified! Prefer a shorter race? The 5K relay race is for you! Either way, put on your running shoes and get ready to roll!

Other Things to Do

There will be other activities throughout the day. Creation Station lets kids get crafty. Downtown dining is a no-brainer. Bring the pups and let them strut their stuff in the Carnival Canines on Parade 2021 at 2 p.m. Be sure to dress them in their Mardi Gras best!

Gather your Crazy Crewe

Want to try something new this year? Start your own crewe! There’s still time to get your family, friends, and co-workers together—but not much! The deadline for Crewe Registration is next Saturday, Feb. 6th.

The Finale!

Carnegie Carnival 2021 in Decatur ends on high note with the popular Carnegie Carnival Parade! However, this year there’s a twist. Crewes will kick up their heels on stationary floats while the crowds roll by for the drive-thru parade.

The first 500 vehicles receive a Mardi Gras swag bag full of the loot that crewes typically throw from the floats. Parade-goers should expect more from the floats this year too. More lights, more music and more purple, green and gold!


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