Howdy:
It was a busy weekend in Deadwood! People from all over came to partake in Mardi Gras festivities – the parade was top notch and definitely a crowd pleaser! As were all festivities (which were led by King John Bonnett and Queen Carmella Biesiot) –

Winners of Saturday night’s parade:
Best Overall: Saloon #10
Best Mardi Gras Theme: Iowa’s Swamp Krewe
Best Lights: Mad Mountain Adventures
Best Business: Deadwood Gulch Gaming Resort
Community Spirit: Gold Dust/Hampton Inn-Four Aces
Mayor’s Choice: Towelie and Kenny

The Cajun cook-off was held at 8 locations around Deadwood, and the food was phenomenal – winners are:
1st: Four Aces Hotel and Casino
2nd: The Lodge at Deadwood
3rd: Gold Dust

There was also a Mardi Gras cake contest. Those winners:
Buttercream
Best Representation of Theme: Peggy Cook
Best Presentation: Peggy Cook
Originality: Mallory Everett

Fondant
Best Representation of Theme: Crystal Murray
Originality: April Brennan
Best Presentation: Desire Desimone

Next up is St. Patrick’s Day festivities! We’ll have a pub crawl, poker run, live entertainment and much more on Sat, March 13, and a parade at 7 p.m. On St. Paddy’s Day March 17, the annual parade will be held at 5 p.m. Don’t miss out!

Have a great week,
Lee