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Lake Wales Mardi Gras: Spirit of New Orleans

Because Mardi Gras is celebrated in various cultures around the world costumes and music vary according to location. Lake Wales has incorporated traditions from many of them, including feathered costumes from Rio, Dixieland Jazz, Blues, and Zydeco music, Cajun food and mask from Louisiana. From New Orleans, they’ve adopted the Krewe of Rex as the lead Krewe in the parade escorting the Queen of Carnival and Prince of Wailes (our version of rex, King of Carnival). The Prince of Wailes is selected from the members of the Krewe of Rex. The Queen of the Carnival is selected by the hiding of the “Golden Bead” in the ceremonial “King Cake” which will be served to all the ladies present – she who finds the golden bead will take her place beside the King of Carnival.

The essence of Mardi Gras is in participation, so come on down!

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February 25, 2022 through
February 26, 2022
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Lake Wailes Park
33 N Lake Shore BLVD
Lake Wales, FL 33853 United States
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