SoMardi Gras Parade



Presented by Rock Town Distillery, SoMardi Gras brings a New Orleans style parade to the streets of South Main.

This year’s theme is “Pirates and Popstars.” Think Madonna, Blackbeard, or maybe Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow riding down Main Street in the Black Pearl!

Festivities continue after the parade so be sure to stick around!
• The 9th Annual Little Rock Beard & Mustache Contest, presented by The Root Cafe and The Arkansas Times, begins immediately after the parade in The Bernice Garden.
• Take in the sights and sounds of our Second Line band competition featuring several Little Rock School District bands.
• Kick back and enjoy Zydeco band Gerard Delafose and the Zydeco Gators.

Registration is open now for both floats and vendors. We welcome different entry styles, including floats, walking groups, classic cars, and pets and award prizes to the 1st place ($500) and 2nd place ($250) floats. Interested? REGISTER ONLINE at

Event proceeds benefit SoMa 501 Little Rock, Inc. 

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