CarniVail Brings Mardi Gras Flair to Vail

13 January 2016
Event Lineup Full of Events to Spice Up Winter
VAIL, Colo. – Jan. 13, 2016 – From a crawfish bowl to a Fat Tuesday Parade and Street Festival, CarniVail adds spice to the wintery atmosphere at Vail Mountain. On February 6-9, 2016, CarniVail returns with more New-Orleans-style fun and Mardi Gras merriment.
“We are excited that CarniVail is returning this year and cannot wait for the festive Mardi-Grasesque atmosphere,” said Jim Kellen, director of marketing at Vail.
With all the Cajun fixin’s of a legendary crawfish boil, the traditional-style Fat Tuesday Parade and Street Festival, the non-stop Cajun après and After-Dark parties, live music, fun contests, prizes and giveaways, CarniVail will be the ultimate Mardi Gras celebration at 8,150’.
The highlight of the Mardi Gras celebration will be the Fat Tuesday Parade and Bud Light Street Party in Vail Village on Tuesday, February 9. The venue opens at 3 p.m., with the parade starting at 4 p.m., followed by a by a free concert by MarchFourth! Marching Band. MarchFourth! is an internationally-acclaimed, genre-breaking force in the world of live performance – a sonic explosion delivered by 15 musicians and dancers and aerialists.
The Fat Tuesday Parade will travel from Meadow Drive at Solaris, up International Bridge and east on Gore Creek Drive. It will exit out from Vail Village near Gorsuch on Gore Creek Drive and will conclude with the official crowning of the CarniVail King and Queen and announcement of the Float Competition winner at the concert stage. Voting for the CarniVail King and Queen begins on Friday, January 15 at
Participants of the Fat Tuesday Parade have the chance to win prizes, including $1,000 cash for first place. Judging will be based on creativity, workmanship, originality, costumes and casting, and overall impression. Parade registration is free and open to the public. Space is limited and registration ends on January 22. To register, visit
Saturday, February 6
World’s Highest Low-Country Crawfish Boil at Eagle’s Nest
  • Menu: Combo plate with crawfish, sausage, corn, new potatoes, gumbo, etouffee, king cake, hurricanes and beer specials
  • Live entertainment by Johnny Schleper and Rob Eaton Jr.
Sunday, February 7
Mardi-Gras at Mid-Vail
Noon – 3:00PM
  • Menu items from Web: New Orleans Style Gumbo, Jambalaya, and Beignets
  • Live entertainment by DJ Jon Nedza (Denver Yacht Club)
Monday, February 8
Après and after dark parties
Tuesday, February 9
Fat Tuesday Parade and Bud Light Street Party
4pm: Parade, Vail Village
5pm: MarchFourth! Marching Band, Solaris Concert Stage, Vail Village
CarniVail is presented by Vail Mountain, Bud Light, Pepsi and The Town of Vail. For more information, visit
Mid-Season Savings
Take advantage of mid-season mountain conditions and mid-season pricing on lodging with the Mid-Season Savings Lodging Deal at Vail. Offer valid until March 10 on stays from January 10-March 11.
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About Vail Mountain
Under blue skies more than 300 days each year, Vail is an extraordinary mountain resort destination. The vacation experience is exceptional, from the awe-inspiring terrain and natural beauty of the surrounding Gore and Sawatch Ranges to world-class events, activities and festivals, shops and spas, and the abundant culinary experiences and luxurious accommodations that line the pedestrian-friendly streets of Vail Village and Lionshead. Vail is where outdoor pursuits meet village sophistication. Offering more than 5,200 acres of developed ski and snowboard terrain including seven legendary Back Bowls in winter, and flourishing with new summer activities in preparation for the debut of Epic Discovery in 2016, the options for year-round adventure are endless. Coupled with the vision inherent in the spirit of Vail’s founders, and a modern day commitment to excellence in all aspects of guest service and operations, Vail is a mountain resort like nothing on earth.



Sally Gunter

Senior Communications Manager
Phone: 9707543001
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