Marda Gras Festival

I went to the Marda Gras Street Festival in Marda Loop today to help with Naheed Nenshi’s mayoral campaign.  Unfortunately it rained for about two hours, but after that it was quite nice.  The sun even made an appearance and warmed things up a bit.  I had never been to Marda Gras before, so was a little surprised that it was basically local businesses vying to hock their wares.  Unlike at Kensington’s Sun and Salsa Festival, there were no street performers or such there to entertain the crowds.  On the up-side, there seemed to be a stronger “green” presence, with Green Calgary, MEC, Don’t Be A Tosser, and a couple other organizations there.  Overall it was a good time, but quite honestly there is not as much to do there as at other street festivals I’ve been to.


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by browtm on August 10, 2010 at 18:30

    Oh, one other thing- no beads. How can it be Mardi Gras style without beads?

    Just sayin’.

    • Oh, there were beads. I’d say you missed out on that one. I saw the bands et. al., but there were no street performers, such as acrobatics, sword swallowers, et cetera. Personally, I don’t think I’ll worry about Marda Gras again, being the commercial junket that it seems to be.

  2. Posted by browtm on August 10, 2010 at 18:29

    You missed out on the bagpiper, steel drummer, a jazz/blues band or two, and the creative anachronism types then. Yeah, Marda Gras is very commercial… you missed out on Sun Fest in Inglewood, there was quite a bit more community-oriented stuff. Also, pie eating contests! Nenshi was a contestant in one, though I missed it.

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