The countdown has begun for the Red River Mardi Gras & Jazz Festival, scheduled for February 6th through the 8th in downtown Sherman, Texas presented by the Sherman Downtown Preservation and Revitalization League. .
Red River Mardi Gras & Jazz Festival will feature street food, gumbo competitions, a Cajun Brunch, music, costumes, masks, street performers, dancing, a Children’s Cultural Fair and a Grande Ball with the crowing of the 2015 Red River Mardi Gras King and Queen.
The Grand Ball will be held at the Sherman Municipal Ballroom, 405 S. Rusk, Sherman, TX 75090 on Friday, February 6th from 7:30 pm to 11 pm. Ball goers will dance to the Big Band sound of the 25-piece Gainesville Swing Orchestra, dine on Cajun Fare and enjoy a limited open bar presented by Fulbelli’s Restaurant. You will certainly want to cheer on the crowing of the 2015 Red River Mardi Gras King & Queen. Tickets for the Grand Ball are $65 per person until January 26, after that date prices are $75 per person.
Kids Day, Making History, will launch a full day of festivities on Saturday, Feb. 7th, from 10 am to 2 pm at the Sherman Municipal Building, 405 S. Rusk St., Sherman, TX 75090. Kids Day will be a celebration with kids where examples of the history of the multitude of cultures surrounding the Texoma area will be shared. Kids can enjoy activities like a pottery demonstration by the Choctaw Nation and a mask making and cooking classes hosted by the African American Cultural Group
Kids Day will provide an exciting look at various cultures centered in the Texoma region such as Choctaw, African-American, Hispanic, and a mixture of European. Groups will exhibit various historical aspects of their culture through music, dance, food, arts and crafts, and games. The Fair is free and will allow plenty of opportunities for those in attendance to experience many things first hand.
Scheduled performances include, Choctaw Dancers, Choctaw Story-telling, Choctaw Stick Ball Demonstration, African American Gospel Singing, Drum Circle, Hispanic Dancing, Barbershop Quartet, The Greater North Texas Children’s Choir and a series of 10 minute one-act plays depicting the history of Sherman and Texoma presented by Sherman Community Players and Theatricks.
Activities will include making mask with variation on Hispanic and African-American designs, Hispanic paper flower making, African American and Hispanic cooking and a Choctaw pottery demonstration. On display will be a cultural quilt made by 2nd graders at Neblett Elementary. The art quilt depicts Sherman History. Sherman Museum is providing a coloring book with fun facts and the Red River Railroad Museum will hold a historical quiz with prizes.
The Red River Mardi Gras & Jazz Festival will get into full swing at 3 pm with three stages of performances featuring Zydeco, Jazz and Americana Music on the Sherman downtown square and at the Jazz Museum. Food and craft vendors will be scattered around the square with street performers and a gumbo completion. Tickets for the Red River Mardi Gras & Jazz Festival are $10 per person in advance or $15 the day of the event. You can purchase tickets on line at www.redrivermardigras.com or from any participating Downtown Sherman merchant. Saturday events will conclude at 11 pm
On Sunday, Feb. 8th, Fulbelli’s Restaurant in Kelly Square will feature a Dixieland Jazz Brunch from 11 am – 2 pm with great food and great music. Reservations can be made by calling 903-892-8409.