Downtown Chandler will put a decidedly tame twist on its first-ever Mardi Gras celebration.
The event, sponsored by the nonprofit Downtown Chandler Community Foundation, will run 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at venues along the city’s historic square.
Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday or Carnival, is a decadent party preceding the 40 days of Lent. The celebration typically includes costumes, parades and rich foods.
However, organizers promise Chandler’s family-friendly event will not feature the public drunkenness and nudity that has become associated with the well-known Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
At 7:15 p.m., a parade will take place from Fat Cat north to the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 S. San Marcos, where the rest of the evening’s activities will be held in the ballroom.
A buffet-style dinner will feature traditional Cajun favorites, including jambalaya, gumbo, dirty rice, king cakes (pictured) and beignets.
There also will be a costume contest, jazz music, dancing and casino games. Chandler mayor Boyd Dunn and his wife Nancy will be crowned Mardi Gras king and queen.
Tickets are $75, which includes the cocktail reception and all activities at the resort.
When: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday
Where: San Marcos Place, from Boston to Buffalo streets, in downtown Chandler
How much: $75 per person
Info: (480) 855-3539 or www.chandlermardigras.com