The Deadwood Chamber’s first major event of the year is in the books and boy what a party! Deadwood’s annual Mardi Gras celebration did not disappoint this year with over 10,000 people in attendance. The first night of festivities was on Thursday night with the crowning of the King and Queen. April Raber and Greg Glodt representing the Silverado/Franklin were named 2008 King and Queen by a large and boisterous crowd. I couldn’t think of two nicer people to represent the City of Deadwood for our annual Mardi Gras celebration….and they did a great job.

Friday night we offered the People’s Parade, inviting anyone and everyone to join us and we had a good crowd show up. But as usual Saturday’s parade of lights was huge. We had a record 25 floats entered and 10,000 people crowding Main Street for a chance at over 100,000 sets of beads.

All in all it was a great weekend and is still one of my favorite events. We don’t have a whole lot of time to relax however because Chinese New Year is March 7 & 8 and St. Patrick’s Day takes place on March 15th and 17th. More on those next week.

Until then. Keep your boots clean.