The 26th Annual Ojai Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball

“Psychedelic Neon Nights”

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Come, join in, and celebrate a mind-bogglingly entertaining Ojai Tradition!

In this most amazing year 2016 the Ojai Mardi Gras Wake Up! Krewe is hosting their 26th Mardi Gras celebration on Saturday, March 5th, from 7:30 pm till 1:00 am, at the Ojai Art Center, 113 South Montgomery St. This is the one Ojai party you do not want to miss. We are launching this year’s Mardi Gras with a traditional New Orleans Second Line Band Parade beginning at 7:30pm, so don’t be late! Show off those costumes and encourage the community to join in!

This year’s theme, “Psychedelic Neon Nights,” embraces the 60’s & 70’s insanity of psychedelic and neon. Dig out those bell bottoms, wild colors, tie die or neon lights and join us for this incredibly fun event. Black lights will be provided throughout the venue.

If sizzling dance music is your passion, come on down! Our all-star band has just gotten hotter and better over the years. A unique mix of New Orleans, funk, soul, rock, Cajun dance music is performed by some of Ojai’s world class musicians. Dance your booty off to: Jim Calire on Hammond B-3 Organ, accordion and sax. Patricia Cardinali on guitar, vocals, percussion and leading the band with her saucy larger-than-life star power. Connie Early, from the band Aquarius, will be bringing her soulful vocals to add to this incredible lineup.  Ron Seba graces us on slide guitar, rhythm guitar, and gravelly vocals ala Dr. John, straight from the swamps of Louisiana.  In the rhythm section we’ve got the smokin’ hot bass of Stan Taylor, Robert Rachelli keeping the beat on drums and wild man Burton Lang on congas and percussion. No one can sit still when this band puts it in gear. Other surprise guest stars will be appearing in this amazing lineup.

The “Art Fools”, a loose, dedicated and playful collective of artists, sculptors, painters and hangers on, have spent the past couple of months creating imaginative sets, and delightful decorations that will transform the Ojai Art Center into a magical, nostalgic, funky, progressive, regressive mask and costume menagerie. The fabulous local art that will cover the walls will be on display in the gallery till the end of March.

Replenish your energy reserves with our scrumptious Cajun cuisine and partake of salubrious spirits at the no-host bar. Join in the costume contest, the traditional throwing of beads and of course the coronation of this year’s fabulous king and queen, Burton Lang and Debbie Armond. Come help celebrate! We also have a special tribute planned for our late Queen Lara.

The following day, on Sunday March 6th from 12-3pm, the party continues with a Fais-Do-Do: Cajun Dance Party, a family oriented musical event with Mark Parsons & Crowfoot.   There will be Cajun dance lessons and a face painter, so bring the grandparents and your kids in costume, plus your dancing shoes for a fun afternoon of art, music and Mardi Gras fun. Admission: $5 adults, kids under 12 free.

Tickets for the Mardi Gras are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.  Advance tickets available now using the PayPal button below, directly from most Krewe members, and at the following stores:  Ojai Coffee Roasting Co, Studio Sauvageau, and Ojai Creates in Ojai; also at Cardinali Bros. Music in Meiners Oaks.  More info: Mardi Gras Hotline: (805) 646-7843 or the Contact button on this website.

Please note: when paying via PayPal, a small service charge will be added to cover PayPal’s fee. Thanks!

The Ojai Mardi Gras Wake-Up! Krewe, Inc. is a California Public Benefit Non-Profit Organization. Proceeds of the Ball and Fais-Do-Do go back to the community.

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  • Ojai Mardi Gras is the epic fun-fund-raiser of the year. Created by our beloved, blessed. Saint Lyle Matthews, we carry on in the tradition of ancient celebration. masking, moving, and making a new world as we create it. I am honored to be one of the original revelers. 22 years and rising.

  • pamlib says:

    I have a confirmed purchase of 2 tickets for Nov. 15, 2015 but have not received info of where this is taking place. I am a little concerned!

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