It's time to put on your purple, green and gold — Mardi Gras celebrations are here!

Little Rock is giving you two great ways to celebrate this year, with parades and family fun on Saturday, Feb. 10 and Sunday, Feb. 11.


The annual SoMardigras event is back again this year with a fun new theme: Purple Reign!

SoMa’s Annual Mardi Gras Parade starts at noon on Feb. 10 at 24th and S. Main Streets and will head north on S. Main to 12th Street. Some of the participants in the festive march include the Picasso’s in Purple, The Broadway Boilers, Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre, Arkansas Roller Derby and many more.

Here's some of the fun happening at local stores all day long:

  • Loblolly Creamery will have Mardi Gras King Cake Sundaes.
  • Community Bakery will be featuring King Cakes with three flavor options, and giving away free slices.
  • The Escape Room has special cupcakes for the first 100. One lucky cupcake has a baby inside. Find it and get a free room!
  • The Green Corner Store is hosting a costume contest for people who stop by, take a photo and post to Instagram. The winner will receive a store gift card. While your there, pick up a King Cake-inspired matcha drink.

Call (501) 412-3768 for more info on SoMa Mardi Gras.

Barkus on Main Mardi Gras

On Feb. 11, the second annual Barkus on Main Mardi Gras Pet Parade starts at 2:30 p.m. at the intersection of 7th and Main Streets and travesl up Main to its intersection with 4th Street.

Registration to participate in the parade is $30 per pet. The first 200 dogs to arrive will receive a complimentary Bark Bar Wag Bag, and all dogs will be eligible for prizes.

Before the parade, starting at noon, there will be a crawfish boil, gumbo, beads galore and more along the Creative Corridor.

And after the parade, head to a Mardi Gras Block Party on the 300 block of Main Street with hosts Soul Fish Cafe, Brewski's Pub & Grub and CJRW. Visit for more information.