Hello Deadwood fans! I survived my first event with the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce. If you didn’t come to Mardi Gras well that was your bad, because it was an amazing time. Historic Deadwood was packed full of people and fun. Friday night started off with the People’s Parade where we marched down Main Street Deadwood. After the parade we went to the Buffalo and crowned our King and Queen of Mardi Gras. Congratulations to Misty and Corbin Bateman of Sheridan, Wyo who won via Facebook votes. The royalty helped choose the winners of the costume contest where there was over $500 in cash and prizes.

Saturday was packed full of fun for everyone. If you have read my blog before you know that I was overly excited for the Cajun cook-off. There were 5 different places in Deadwood that participated in the cook –off. A congratulations needs to go out to Deadwood’s Four Aces for taking first place in the Mardi Gras Cajun cook-off. Their food was excellent and I enjoyed it very much! Not to forget about the cake decorating contest that was held at Deadwood’s Bullock. The cakes were amazing and I don’t understand how someone can make a cake look like it is a piece of art work. Wow is all I have to say! Saturday night was probably the funniest time I have had in Deadwood. A parade of lights ran up Historic Main Street here in Deadwood. Prizes were given out to a variety of different floats. Best overall went to Deadwood’s Saloon #10, which was a very large Vikings ship. Mayor’s Choice went to a large float that had Medusa’s head on it. There was also a float that had Towlie and Kenny (South Park characters) fishin in the dark.

The fun never ends here in Deadwood and the next event is just around the corner with the St. Patrick’s Day celebration. It will be two days full of Irish fun. Thursday March 17 open container will be from 5-10 pm. There will also be the Annual St. Patrick’s day parade starting at 5 pm. We will carry the fun over to Saturday March 19 for the Annual Pub Crawl. Ten different clans will take over Main Street Deadwood. Registration starts at 11 am in Deadwood’s Franklin Hotel and the crawl will start at 2 pm. Open container will start at 2 pm so the clans will be able to crawl safely. We can’t have a Deadwood festivity without another parade on Saturday starting at 7 pm. The pub crawls final location will be at the Franklin Hotel where everyone will meet up at 8 pm.

If you missed Mardi Gras don’t kick yourself to hard, because you will have other chances to have an amazing time here in Deadwood. First off you can become Irish with the St. Patrick’s Day celebration starts on March 17. If you can’t make it on Thursday you still be Irish on Saturday March 19. Hope to see everyone there!