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:
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).
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.
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 to everyone who helped make the 2015 Mardi Gras Ball a fabulous success!
101.5 the Valley’s Music Place
Across the Way
Blue Mountain School Students
Blue Ridge Center for Chinese Medicine
Buffalo Mountain Kombucha
Daytime Blue Ridge
Fantasy Lighting and Staging
Floyd Farmers Market
Floyd Yoga Jam
Indian Creek Cabins
Mary and John Peluso
Mickey G’s Bistro and Pizzeria
New Mountain Mercantile
Parkway Brewing Company
Pine Tavern Lodge
Red Rooster and Blackwater Loft
Reed Embrey and the Pine Tavern
Republic of Floyd
Scott and Cassie Pierce
Shayne Dwyer and WDBJ7
Shelly Fox Emmett
Southern Print and Copy
Thai This Food Truck
The Fat Catz
The Local Zone
Time is Art
Under the Sun Tattoo
...and all the revelers who braved the arctic temperatures to come out and party!
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.
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!