Mardi Grass In the Mountains 2017

Posted on February 17, 2017

The biggest Mardi Gras celebration in NM is in Red River where the town dedicates a full week to the holiday and attracts crowds from around the country. Red River's Mardi Gras is an all-inclusive, the more-the-merrier kind of event and you'll want to bring your "krewe" with you, which means friends and family ready to have a good time.

Along with well-known Cajun Mardi Gras traditions, Red River has one unique only to this mountain town: The burning of the Loup-garu (pronounced loo-garoo). Loup-garu, the mascot of Mardi Gras in the Mountains, is paraded on foot down Main Street to his final moments. Party-goers write down their worries and as Loup-garu burns, spectators toss their troubles into the fire.

This burning of Loup-garu marks the official beginning of Mardi Gras in the Mountains. This year's theme is "Nightmare on Main Street" so start prepping your costume for the many costume balls, parades, or for wearing on the slopes which is totally acceptable during Mardi Gras week. While you worry about your costume, let Sitzmark Sports handle your ski rentals. Reserve in advance online and save 10% to use on your costume materials!

Here's a quick rundown of the main events you don't want to miss. Full event schedule and details can be found at We'll see you at the party!

Thursday, February 23rd | Krewe Krawl and Burning of the Loup-Garou @ 7:00 pm

Friday, February 24th | Drink Marking Contest @ 7:00 PM

One of the most competitive events of the celebration where krewes battle it out to see who make the best drink, but showmanship is the name of this game. Get there early and you just might get to be a lucky judge.

Saturday, February 25th |Mardi Gras on Main Street Parade @ 4:00 PM

Enjoy wild floats, costumes, and get ready to catch beads and candy.

Saturday, February 25th |Mardi Gras Grand Ball & Costume Contest @ 7:30 PM

This is the Grand Ball and everyone is invited for dancing and the official costume contest.

Sunday, February 26th | Children's Ball @ 6:45 PM

The family friendly town always includes the kids, so bring them in costume and beads for the popular event.