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Local business owner and Town Council member Mark Burke was named Breckenridge, Colo.’s 2011 Rex, King of Mardi Gras. Photo is for editorial use only and must credit GoBreck.com / Carl Scofield
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Louisiana residents share the spirit of Mardi Gras in Breckenridge, Colo. with their parade float representing a king cake, one of the season’s iconic sweets. Photo is for editorial use only and must credit GoBreck.com / Carl Scofield
Hazel Miller to Perform in Breckenridge, Colo. for Mardi Gras 2012
Bacchus Ball tickets now on sale
BRECKENRIDGE, COLO. - Feb. 8, 2012 – Hazel Miller will perform in Breckenridge, Colo. for the 2012 Bacchus Ball, a mountain masquerade party that celebrates Breck's Mardi Gras season on Saturday, Feb. 18. Miller began her career in Louisville, Ky. and today calls Colorado home, where she regularly charms crowds with soulful vocals.
A Fat Tuesday parade, New Orleans-style cuisine and bluebird ski days round out the event, which falls over President’s Day weekend and makes for the perfect time to escape to the mountains.
- Saturday, Feb. 18: Bacchus Ball– Hazel Miller’s soulful vocals provide the backdrop to this mountain formal masquerade ball. Spot local royalty at the crowning of the 2012 Rex and Queen while sampling New Orleans-style cuisine. Get into the carnival spirit with costumes, beads and masks (sold at the event), which takes place at Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center, 620 Village Rd. in Breckenridge, Colo. Tickets are available for $55 each or $100 per couple; they can be purchased by calling (970) 453-5055 or at the Breckenridge Welcome Center, 203 S. Main St.
- Tuesday, Feb. 21: Cajun Buffet – Spencer’s will serve up a lunch buffet of gumbo, crawfish etouffee, jambalaya and fried catfish. Don your beads at this Peak 9/Beaver Run slopeside restaurant from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; no reservations required.
- Tuesday, Feb. 21: Fat Tuesday parade –Summit County’s only Mardi Gras parade begins at 4:30 p.m. on Fat Tuesday. Trinket throwing has been a Mardi Gras tradition since the 1870s, and Breck brings it to the mountains. Join the party on Main Street to see floats and colorful characters throwing trinkets to the crowd. Post-parade parties will be held at restaurants and bars around town; celebrate the night with drink specials, music and more. To enter a float in the parade for FREE, visit GoBreck.com; cash prizes awarded to first, second and third place floats.
Mardi Gras Stay and Play Lodging Package
Stay for 3 nights or more and get 15% off selected lodging. Rates are subject to availability, dates and room type. Add Bacchus Ball tickets or lift tickets to make it a package. Call Breckenridge Central reservations at 877-864-0868 or visit GoBreck.com for lodging information.
This winter season, Breckenridge Ski Resort celebrates its 50th anniversary. First opened to the public on Dec. 16, 1961, Breckenridge was the first ski resort in North America to install a high-speed quad (1981) and the first Colorado resort to allow snowboarding (1984).
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How did Mardi Gras find its way to the mountains?
Some 15 years ago, a tight-knit group of New Orleanians decided to trade Mardi Gras crowds for skiing and sunshine in Breck. It wasn’t long before they realized they couldn’t do without hometown traditions; but since the group loved Breckenridge too much to leave, they brought a little bit of NOLA to 9,600 feet.
Today, the Town of Breckenridge has expanded upon the revelry to include the Breck Bacchus Ball with live music and more. Join the Breckenridge community to honor Rex in true mountain style: with skiing, snow play and an all-out party on Main Street.
- Additional images, including photos of Hazel Miller, are available. Contact Rachel Zerowin at 970-453-5064 for images and band interview information.