The Grand Marais community is small, but their Mardi Gras celebration is certainly not. Their events start two weeks before Mardi Gras and end the night of Fat Tuesday. Fun and family are what a Grand Marais Mardi Gras is all about. Dozens of people drive near and far for the parade. Many described it as a family reunion. “You can go house to house. They welcome you in. They wear masks and we wear costumes,” said Marty Sigue. Another person agreed, “It’s all about family, it’s all about food, it’s all about drinks, It’s all about getting together. It’s about good times,” said Jennifer Joseph.
The parade is made up of several krewes. There’s music, food and people are lined along the road for at least a mile long. “This when we get to see our neighbors because everyone works. So Mardi Gras everyone comes out of their house and we have a big party,” said Kevin Sigue. Lil Nate served as Grand Marshal of the parade this year. There’s a ball, costume contests and parties that lead up to the parade.
Attendees tell me they plan for the carnival season all year long.