Family Gras 2014: Concert line up and festival upgrade
You may not think Mardi Gras is a time for family fun, but it is. Mardi Gras doesn’t always equal Bourbon Street.
Besides the parades in Uptown, which are family friendly, there is an event specifically for those looking to introduce younger ones to Mardi Gras festivities: Family Gras.
Family Gras is a celebration of carnival and family, with free outdoor concerts and activities, that lasts a whole weekend. This year, it will take place Friday, Feb. 21 through Sunday, Feb. 23.
The festival takes place in Metarie on the neutral ground of Veterans Memorial Hwy across the street from Lakeside Shopping Center. In years past, the festival has often turned into a soggy pit, especially in increment weather. That won’t be a problem this year.
To combat the mess of years past, the city has built a $860,000 Mardi Gras Plaza on the Veterans Memorial neutral ground for the festival. The plaza is paved and decorative, and even features circles of grass around the pavement that are perfect for families who would like to picnic.
Entertainment for 2014 Family Gras includes Cowboy Mouth, Amanda Shaw, former Journey member Steve Augeri, former members of the Electric Light Orchestra, Courtney Cole, Blood Sweat & Tears, Wilson Phillips and Montgomery Gentry. Local and regional artists set up in the Art Market, where you can buy their work throughout the whole festival.
If you don’t want to pack a picnic, then don’t worry. Flambeau Food Court vendors will be there cooking up Louisiana favorites, like jambalaya, crawfish pasta, muffulettas, pizza and gator-on-a-stick. There will also be local goodies like bread pudding and king cake.
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