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Mardi Gras

Celebrate with a Dine & Stay Package

Coming in from out of town to experience Floyd Mardi Gras? Or looking for a weekend getaway in your own backyard? With a Floyd Mardi Gras Stay & Dine Package, you can’t go wrong. The package includes:

  • 2 tickets to Floyd Mardi Gras
  • 50% off dinner for two at Oddf3llows on February 6th
  • A discounted price at one of these delightful Floyd B&Bs.

Ambrosia Farm Bed and Breakfast

Stay at Ambrosia Farm, and you will be only three miles from town and Floyd Mardi Gras! You can choose from one of the antique-furnished rooms in the completely restored 200-year old log built farm house or pick one of two rooms in the newly-built log cabin.

Amenities include working fireplaces, fluffy robes, and a fantastic, farm-fresh breakfast that will reenergize you after your night of merriment! You may also request a special “Romantic Getaway” package or schedule a massage with a certified massage therapist (additional fees apply).

Innkeepers Caroline and Craig may be contacted by calling 540-745-6363 or by email. Be sure to ask for the Floyd Mardi Gras Stay & Dine Package.

Bella La Vita Inn

Just minutes from the town of Floyd, this beautiful mountain getaway offers a calming retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily living. Refresh your spirit and restore your sense of peace at Bella La Vita Inn!

Amenities include use of a spacious common room with a woodstove fireplace, afternoon refreshments, and a delicious home-cooked breakfast to start your day right. You may also schedule a massage with a certified massage therapist (additional fees apply).

Innkeepers Lisal and Matthew may be contacted by calling 540-745-2541 or by email. Be sure to ask for the Floyd Mardi Gras Stay & Dine Package.

Get Ready for Mardi Gras 2016!

On a cold February night in 2010, bands, dancers and audience gathered in The Sun Music Hall for the very first Floyd Mardi Gras Costume Ball. Fast forward six years and the venue has transformed into Dogtown Roadhouse, and Floyd Mardi Gras has been in three different venues. But now it’s Homecoming time for this Blue Mountain School fundraiser. Floyd Mardi Gras returns to Dogtown on Saturday, February 6th, for what promises to be the biggest, most diverse Floyd Mardi Gras yet!

Headlining this year is Washington DC sensation Sol Roots, backed by the all-star Lagniappe—this year featuring Tad Dickens (The Roanoke Times), Janiah Allen (The Color J), Cam McLaughlin (Alliens), and a host of special guests. Opening for Sol Roots & Lagniappe are Blacksburg boogie-meisters Badunkafunk and, playing everything from the old time to the far side, Buddhagraph Spaceship make their Floyd debut, while DJ RahBee fills out the night with all the fresh beats you can eat. And for your visual pleasure, Gyroscopic return once again with a stunning dance show, and Scott Smith styles the psychedelic projector. And MC Shamama joins all the dots.

In the spirit of homecoming, the live auction returns, with auctioneer extraordinaire Tom O’Neill, Esq. returning to raise his voice and lower his hammer. The silent auction remains as well, this year taking over the Winter Sun Clothing Store next door to Dogtown, right alongside the gambling tables that we’re introducing this year for those feeling lucky.

But everyone’s potentially a winner anyway, with the Fifty-Fifty Raffle and all sorts of prizes, including Chef’s Choice for Two at Mickey G’s for the evening’s best costume. But the biggest prize of the night is the crowning of 2016’s Floyd Mardi Gras King and Queen.

And for those who want to do Mardi Gras in style, we have Stay & Dine packages from the Floyd Lodging Association and Oddf3llows Restaurant, and Dogtown Roadhouse are providing Mardi Gras-themed food and drinks. Get in quick for one of two VIP Tables, complete with champagne, pizza, and a great view of the stage!

But Mardi Gras isn’t just for the adults. Children get to party too at the Kiddy Gras Pajama Party, just up the road at The June Bug Center. Hosted by Rebbecca Jackson, this is one of the funnest nights of the year on any kid’s calendar. Get your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

Check out the event on Facebook. Tickets will be available soon!

Thank you for another successful Mardi Gras!

Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2015 Mardi Gras Ball a fabulous success!

101.5 the Valley’s Music Place
Abigail Bowen
Across the Way
Agatha Grimsley
Alan Kaplan
Amanda Mellowspring
Amber Skies
Amy Avery
Andrea Goodrum
Appalachian Seeds
Asa Pickford
Ashleigh Ward
Ashley Morales
Barb Gillespie
Beth Spillman
Blue Mountain School Students
Blue Ridge Center for Chinese Medicine
Bruce Bryan
Buffalo Mountain Kombucha
Camry Harris
Carol Volker
Cassie Wilson
Chris Luster
Colleen Redman
Colt Coates
Corey Avellar
Dana Beegle
David Grimsley
Daytime Blue Ridge
Deb Tome
Elaine Martinez
Elisha Reygle
Emily Williamson
Fantasy Lighting and Staging
Floyd Farmers Market
Floyd Fitness
Floyd Yoga Jam
Gibby Waitzkin
Hari Berzins
Hoppie Vaughan
Indian Creek Cabins
Inge Terrill
Jamie Reygle
Jason Anderson
Jayn Avery
Joelle Shenk
John Deighan
June Kelly
Justin Grimes
Justin Miller
Katie Cesario
Kim Kessler
Kristan Morrison
Kristy Collins
Laura Polant
Lore Deighan
Mary and John Peluso
Mickey G’s Bistro and Pizzeria
Mike Jones
Monkey Business
New Mountain Mercantile
Parkway Brewing Company
Penny Lane
Perrin Heartway
Phoenix Hardwoods
Pine Tavern Lodge
Ralph Brown
Rebecca Jackson
Red Rooster and Blackwater Loft
Reed Embrey and the Pine Tavern
Republic of Floyd
Sarah McCarthy
Scott and Cassie Pierce
Scott Perry
Shawna Williams
Shayne Dwyer and WDBJ7
Shelly Fox Emmett
Southern Print and Copy
Spoon Fight
Stefi Schafer
Stephen Wallace
Tad Dickens
Thai This Food Truck
The Breeze
The Fat Catz
The Local Zone
Time is Art
Toni Lamberti
Tree Gigante
Under the Sun Tattoo
Wenona Scott
Winter Sun
...and all the revelers who braved the arctic temperatures to come out and party!


2015 Silent Auction Items

Thank you to everyone who has contributed items to our silent auction so far! If you have something you would like to donate, please let us know. This list will be updated, so be sure to check back.

  • Original 2015 Mardi Gras poster artwork by Emily Williamson

  • Quilt made by the Hatching Playful Dragons and June Kelly

  • Two one-hour massages at The Healing Tree with Michael Jones
  • Romantic night for two in the newly renovated King Suite at the Pine Tavern Lodge
  • One-hour personal Tai Chi session with Beth Spillman
  • Painting by Amber Skies
  • Personal archiscape image by Susan McChesney

  • Three-month membership to Floyd Fitness PLUS four training sessions with Rowan
  • One-hour couple's massage at Blue Ridge Center for Chinese Medicine
  • Two tickets to Yoga Jam and two Yoga Jam tumblers
  • Three-month membership to Floyd Fitness PLUS four training sessions with Bridget
  • Paleo Indulgence cookbook donated by Agatha and David Grimsley
  • Hand-built guitar from Flying-A Guitars

  • Pottery and jewelry from Sarah McCarthy
  • Caving Trip for up to 5 kids from John Deighan and the VPI Cave Club
  • Gift certificate for a paper making workshop with Gibby Waitzkin
  • Gift certificate for salon services from Ashleigh Ward
  • Print of artwork by Starroot
  • Basket from Medina Mercantile
  • Print of artwork by Toni Lamberti
  • "Trumpeters in the Mist" - signed print by Guy Crittendon donated by Inge Terrill


  • Crocheted Hello Kitty Hat by Carol Volker

  • Handmade ball jar cozies by Amy Avery

  • Gift certificate from Under the Sun Tattoo
  • Antique child's desk donated by Agatha & David Grimsley

  • Farmopoly donated by Agatha & David Grimsley
  • Farming books donated by Agatha & David Grimsley
  • Still-life painting donated by Agatha & David Grimsley
  • Wrought iron candelabra donated by Agatha & David Grimsley
  • Cardamom plant donated by Agatha & David Grimsley
  • Earrings donated by Agatha & David Grimsley
  • Two cutting boards from Phoenix Hardwoods

  • Planter from Aven Tanner
  • Weekend of dog boarding from Stefi Schafer
  • Cloak from Tree Gigante

  • Earrings from Lore Deighan

  • Five hours of childcare from Stefi Schafer
  • Week of summer camp from Blue Mountain School
  • Art print from Lore Deighan













The 411 on Kiddy Gras

The Kiddy Gras Pajama Party is fast becoming a Floyd Mardi Gras highlight for children lucky enough to attend! Space is limited, so order your tickets now!

Local early childhood specialist, Rebecca Jackson, is leading this year's Kiddy Gras, which is being held at Blue Mountain School. With more than 10 years of experience, Rebbecca has no shortage of fun ideas to share with her guests (ages 3 to 12). Activities include games, crafts, movies and (of course!) dancing to zydeco music!

Please make sure your child has had dinner before arriving. Bringing a favorite blanket or sleeping bag is suggested, so your child will feel nice and cozy as we ease into quieter activities later in the evening. A snack will be provided around 7:30. If your child has any food allergies, please make a note when you buy the ticket. Children must be picked up no later than 12:30 am.

Remember, space is limited, so order your tickets now and have a wonderful, care-free Mardi Gras, knowing your child is in the very best of hands!



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