Join In a Parade, Volunteer at Durham Mardi Gras

Photo courtesy of Durham Mardi Gras

Amid the bitter cold of winter comes the promise of a Mardi Gras parade in Durham Tuesday, Feb. 9, thanks to a group of enthusiastic organizers who are inviting the community to join in the fun.

Started in 2011, Durham’s Mardi Gras parade was formed through a grass roots effort aimed at creating an opportunity for locals to experience a New Orleans-style parade right here at home. Durham’s Mardi Gras mixes both New Orleans and North Carolina traditions, with its slogan “Laissez les bull temps rouler” and 2016 bands to include the Bulltown Strutters and musician John Dee Holeman.

Photo courtesy of Durham Mardi Gras


The public can join in the parade by starting a krewe, help fundraise and volunteer at the event. Teens ages 15 through college-age can volunteer at the parade to help set up and take down barricades, clean the plaza afterward and serve as direction-pointers along the route. To sign up, visit For more information, contact Kathy at

All-ages are welcome to the parade, which kicks off at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, at "Major the Bull" on the CCB Plaza at 201 Corcoran St. in Durham. Live music in venues near the end of the parade will continue through the night free of charge. For updates on the event, visit Durham Mardi Gras’s website or find it on Facebook and Twitter (@DurhamMardiGras).

Photo of Bulltown Strutters on Parade courtesy of Durham Mardi Gras

Visit our volunteer roundup article for more ways to volunteer in the Triangle.

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