In Partnership with the Southern Weekend

Celebrate Mardi Gras with the Carnegie Carnival!

This is an event you don't want to miss!

Make plans to celebrate Mardi Gras on February 22 in Downtown Decatur with Carnegie Carnival!

Now in its ninth year, Carnegie Carnival fills the city’s downtown area with parades, floats, music and family fun! The best part? All of the city celebrates with several of the downtown merchants and restaurants getting in on the fun with live music and special deals you can’t find anywhere else.

The annual event serves as a fundraiser for the Carnegie Visual Arts Center and also helps promotes the arts and creativity in the River City.

Check out the schedule of events below!

Carnival Frolic

The day kicks off at 8am with the Carnival Frolic!
This is a 13.1 mile race that runs through the historic districts, along the Tennessee River and ends at Point Mallard Park.

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Children's Games and Train Ride

Starting at 12:30, the Children’s Creation Station located at the Farmer’s Market is sure to keep the kids entertained with carnival-style games and prizes!

The Children’s Creation Station runs until 4pm and proceeds benefit local children advocacy groups in the area.

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Children Parade / Prince and Princess Parade

The Prince and Princess Parade also kicks off at 12:30 p.m.
Watch local children and teens parade via foot, bike, and float and see the Carnival Prince and Princess be crowned!

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Pooch parade and dog walk

At 2pm, dogs of all sizes will be dressed in their Mardi Gras best and take to the streets of downtown for the Canines on Parade! And stay till the end to watch the Sir Bow Wow and Lady Barks A Lot be crowned.
The event is free to attend, but parade registration is $10 + $5 for each additional dog.

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Carnegie Carnival Parade 2019

The grand finale of a day full of fun gets underway at 6pm for the Carnegie Carnival Parade!
The event is free to attend, and this year’s route will run right in front of the Carnegie Visual Arts Center.
And of course, you’ll want to stay for the end to see the Royalty Coronation Ceremony to watch the King and Queen be crowned.

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Parade registration forms and activity information are available atĀ

For additional information, call the Carnegie Visual Arts Center at 256.341.0562