Thursday, January 11, 2018

Prepare For Pub Crawl With 6 Mardi Gras Fun Facts

Who else is getting excited about the biggest party at the Lake of the Ozarks? We've still got a few weeks to go before the 2018 Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl is officially here, (Saturday, February 17) so we're passing the time by looking up interesting tidbits about the holiday. Bet you don't know most of the fun facts below. (So keep reading and find out!)  

Always a Different Date
The date that Mardi Gras is celebrated depends on Easter, and the date for that holiday depends on the moon. Easter happens on the 1st Sunday after the 1st full moon that occurs after the 1st day of spring. Mardi Gras is placed on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, which is the beginning of Lent leading up to Easter.  

The Pope Gets the Credit
Pope Gregory XIII is the person responsible for putting Mardi Gras on the Gregorian calendar all the way back in 1582 on the day before Ash Wednesday. The holiday didn't come to North America until the 17th century. The Le Moyne brothers shared the celebration with locals when they came to defend France's claim on Louisiana.  

A Variety of Names
Mardi Gras is "Fat Tuesday" since it is the last day to revel and enjoy excess before making sacrifices for Lent. It can also be referred to as "Shrove Tuesday," because "shrove" comes from "shrive" which means "to confess," and going to confession is the way some people begin their season of Lent. It is also known as "Pancake Day" in some places (like Ireland, Australia, and Canada) where they spend the holiday eating pancakes and doing pancake-related activities instead of drinking and throwing beads.   

Masks are Required by Law
That is, if you are riding on a float. It is illegal to be on a Mardi Gras float unless you are wearing a mask. If you are simply watching the parade, you aren't required to put one on, but it can make things a lot more fun!  

Super Gras 2013
In 2013, the Super Bowl took place in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. Hoping to better contain the additional crowds, the city expanded the 12-day parade season so that none would be taking place on game day.   

Wasn't Always in New Orleans
Even though New Orleans is the place most associated with Mardi Gras in the United States (and we're working hard to make the Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl the next biggest party!) that's not where it was first celebrated. In 1699, the Le Moyne brothers we mentioned earlier held their party about 60 miles downriver from the future site of the city of New Orleans. They don't get to claim the first Mardi Gras parade either! That took place in Mobile, Alabama in 1703, 15 years before New Orleans even existed.   

Okay, now you know some pretty cool stuff about the holiday. Here's the information you need to know so that you can attend the most exciting pub crawl in mid-Missouri

Saturday, February 17, 2018

$10 for a wristband to get you onto all Pub Crawl shuttle buses and into every participating venue for fun and live music. 

Wobbly Boots
Wicked Willie's
Tucker's Shuckers
Mexicali Blues
JJ Twigs
Li'l Rizzos
Vista Grande
Inn at Grand Glaize

You can find more information, including a list of places to stay while you are in town offering pub crawl weekend discounts, on our website at Another way to stay in-the-know is to text "LakePubCrawl" to 71441 for updates and info. Start your planning now and don't miss a minute of the fun this year! 

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Great Places to Stay for Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl Weekend

The biggest party at the Lake of the Ozarks is just over a month away! Do you know where you're staying while you're in town? Even if you already live here, you might want to pick a hotel on the Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl route and have your own"stay-cation." 

There are lots of hotels, resorts, and vacation rentals to choose from in the lake area. The Lake Pub Crawl website has already compiled a list of quite a few of them, and more may be added before the big event on Saturday, February 17, 2018

Even though there are plenty of places to stay, there will be LOTS of people in town for this unbelievable event, so you'll want to make reservations ASAP before all of the best places are booked up. 

On-Route Lodging
All of the hotels listed in this section are on the Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl route, which means the event buses will offer pick-up and drop-off service to each of them. No need to park at one of the participating bars. You can simply leave your car in the parking lot where you're staying and catch a pub crawl bus to the party. 

Baymont Inn & Suites

Days Inn & Suites


Inn at Grand Glaize

Lake House Hotel

Quail's Nest Inn & Suites

Quality Inn & Suites

Scottish Inns Motel

Town & Country Motel

The Lodge at Port Arrowhead

Off-Route Lodging
The following places to stay are not on the pub crawl route, so you will need to find transportation to and from the pub crawl to your lodging. There is an exception for Camden on the Lake and the Lodge of Four Seasons, who will be offering their own shuttle service to and from the event.

Camden on the Lake 

The Lodge of Four Seasons

Lakeview Resort

Sleep Inn & Suites

Lone Oak Point Resort

Osage National Golf Resort


A 6 Star Management

Keys to the Lake Lodging

Ozark Yacht Club

Robin's Resort

Southwood Shores Resort

For additional details about the types of rooms available, and to find links to each hotel's website, visit the "Lodging" page at Ask your friends if they want to book their stay at the same time that you do. Some places offer discounts if you reserve an entire block of rooms, or you can all get a condo or house together and make an entire weekend of it. 

The more you save on lodging, the more you'll have to spend on fun stuff like drinks, beads, and Pub Crawl t-shirts! A wristband to get you onto the crawl with access to buses and entry into every participating venue is only $10. Pretty great for an entire night full of excitement, a sober chauffeur all evening, and more than a dozen live music acts! Make your plans now so that in a few weeks you will be all set to enjoy the best Mardi Gras party in mid-Missouri. It will be here before you know it! 

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Friday, December 29, 2017

New Year's Eve - The Perfect Mardi Gras Party Practice

New Year's Eve will be here in a couple of days, and it's the perfect opportunity to get some practice in for the 2018 Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl! We've shared a few things below that you are probably enjoying this weekend that are very similar to what you'll be doing at the biggest party at the Lake of the Ozarks on Saturday, February 17, 2018.  

Bar Parties with Live Music
Many lake area bars are hosting incredible New Year's Eve parties with bands or DJs rocking everyone into 2018. Wherever you are spending the holiday, you'll be able to find fun parties just like the ones being thrown around here. 

The biggest difference is that on New Year's Eve, you'll most likely pick one place with one band and stay there all night long. When you join us for the Mardi Gras Pub Crawl, our busses will be taking you to multiple bars and restaurants throughout the event with a different incredible musician performing at each one! New Year's Eve will be a nice warm-up, but when you get to the pub crawl, be ready to party harder than you've ever partied before! 

Don't Drink and Drive
This is an important statement, no matter what day of the year it is. For New Year's Eve, you'll need to plan to "stay where you play," so that you don't have to get in the car at the end of the night if you're planning to drink. A couple of other options are to bring along a friend that you trust to stay sober, or arrange to either call a cab, uber, or rent a driver for the evening. 

Not the case at our pub crawl in February! You can still do all of those things if you like, but they aren't necessary because transportation for the evening is included with the $10 wristband that will get you into all of the bars and restaurants participating in the crawl. As a matter of fact, if you stay at one of the hotels along the pub crawl route (check our website for an updated list,) the pub crawl busses will even pick you up and drop you off there!

Creative Cocktails
New Year's Eve is a time to raise a glass and toast the things that happened in the past year as well as your expectations for the coming year. (Be sure to raise a glass to the amazing time you'll be having at our 2018 Mardi Gras Pub Crawl!) The preferred drink of choice, at least at midnight, is usually champagne. 

Mardi Gras has quite a few delicious cocktails associated with it, the most famous probably being the classic Hurricane. This delicious on-the-rocks rum drink is fairly similar to the frozen Rum Runner that is extremely popular around the lake area during the summer. No matter what your favorite beverage is, you'll be able to order it from the incredible bartenders at each of the stops on the Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl

While you're out enjoying your end-of-the-year celebration this weekend, keep in mind how exciting it's going to be in less than a couple of months when you're at the Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl! Get the date - Saturday, February 17 - on your new 2018 calendar right away, and then start making plans to be here for another year of pub crawling fun! 

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

The Stories Behind 5 Popular Mardi Gras Traditions

When someone mentions Mardi Gras, there are certain things that immediately come to mind. This flamboyant holiday is filled with familiar symbols and traditions. (Hopefully for you, one of those traditions is attending the Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl!) Here's a closer look at some of the things that are always present in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, and you're very likely to see when you take part in Missouri's largest pub crawl

First of all, we need to explain what a "Krewe" is because this keeps popping up in our research. A Krewe is an organization that is responsible for creating the parties and parades happening for Mardi Gras in New Orleans. It is made up of several members and a captain, and these people work throughout the year in secret preparing for the big celebration. There are many Krewes around today, but the Rex Krewe dates all the way back to the 1800's. They seem to be involved in the creation of many Mardi Gras traditions.    

Purple, Green, and Gold
Rex is credited with making these particular colors symbols of Mardi Gras. During the first Rex parade in 1872, the King of the Carnival proclaimed that all balconies should be draped in purple, green, and gold. Rex founders believed that "a king must have a kingdom, and a kingdom needs a flag." Due to the fact that many country's flags used three colors, that's the amount they decided to choose. 

"Heraldry" states that both metals and colors were needed, and rules that determine a coat of arms say that only 5 colors are acceptable: red, blue, purple, green, and black. Purple and gold are both royal colors fit for a king, and our best guess about the green is that they just liked the way it all looked together. The Rex parade of 1892 had the theme "Symbolism of Colors," and this is when the Mardi Gras colors were assigned their meanings. 

  • Purple = Justice
  • Green = Faith
  • Gold = Power

Beads are the most popular thing thrown for Mardi Gras across the country, but in New Orleans, a wide variety of things are thrown from parade floats in addition to beads. Small trinkets such as stuffed animals, small toys, doubloons, and plastic cups (aka New Orleans dinnerware!) are all used. We didn't really find a reason for these throws other than that's what you do when you're on a parade float! "Flashing" for these throws is NOT considered tradition in New Orleans, but when inhibitions are lowered and people want to draw attention to get beads, it's just something that seems to happen.  

These 2-sided throws have become collector's items in New Orleans. In 1884, Rex began throwing medallions instead of trinkets. Those medallions are represented by doubloons today. One Krewe in the mid-1900's began having doubloons made that featured their emblem and founding date on one side and the current year and parade theme on the other. Now, most Krewes have their own doubloons made to throw but be warned, these are so popular and sought-after, you could get your hands trampled trying to pick them up off of the street! (Maybe we should start making these each year for the Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl featuring the bars in place of Krewes!) 

King Cake
A King Cake is an oval-shaped coffee cake, braided and covered in icing with purple, green, and gold sugar. Many bakeries now add fillings to these cakes like cream cheese, nuts, and fruit. The one thing that must always be inside of a King Cake is a small toy baby. The person that receives the piece of cake containing that baby is automatically the one that has to provide the next King Cake. 

This tradition represents the belief that according to Christian faith, baby Jesus first showed himself to the three wise men and the world on January 6th. That is the date that Mardi Gras, aka King Cake season, begins.     

Mardi Gras masks add an element of mystery and intrigue to the celebration. Originally, wearing a mask during this holiday allowed a person to let their guard down and feel free to have a good time. This allowed different classes of society to mingle with each other. Today it is a fun and beautiful tradition that still allows a person to feel like they can be a bit more free to act out more than usual, providing a sense of anonymity. Float riders in New Orleans are actually required to wear masks, not because of tradition, but because it's a law!

There's a little peek into why some of the things you see and do for Mardi Gras exist. Now, which of these things will you incorporate into your own 2018 Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras experience? It's not too early to start planning. The biggest party at the Lake of the Ozarks will happen on Saturday, February 17, 2018. We can't wait to see all of you there in your finest purple, green, and gold! 

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Great Gift Ideas For Your Mardi Gras Pub Crawl Pals

Since Mardi Gras is still a couple of months away and Christmas is only a couple of weeks away, everyone is talking about what types of gift ideas that they can give to the people on their list. Well, most likely many of the friends on your list are also people that you would like to join you at the best Mardi Gras party in Missouri. For that reason, our Mardi Gras Pub Crawl at the Lake of the Ozarks team came up with a few gift ideas for you to encourage those people to make plans now to be here next February 17, 2018

Gift Cards
There are already 13 incredible bars & restaurants scheduled as stops for the pub crawl this year. Your $10 wristband gets you on the bus that will take you to all of them, so a gift card to any (or all) of those places would be a wonderful thing to give to someone as a gift. If you guys simply can't wait until February, you could even use the gift cards early to stake out where your favorite stops will be.  

Hotel Reservations
If you go ahead and book a room for them, they'll simply have to come! You can find a list of the many places to stay for the Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl on our website. Some are on the bus route and you can be picked up and dropped off right at their door, and there are more that are located off-route but will be shuttling pub crawlers to and from the event. Be sure to ask about special Mardis Gras Pub Crawl rates when you call to make the reservation. 

Not only a needed item for the pub crawl, but also a very colorful and fun gift to give! Gather a bunch of cool beads (or simply re-gift that pile you have left over from last year) and put them into a box or gift bag. It will make for one heavy present that they'll be anxious to dig into. 

Mardi Gras masks are a tradition, plus it's a lot easier to have some uninhibited fun when you're wearing one! You'll want to find something unique and impressive that will really stand out in a crowd. Keep comfort in mind too though. They'll want to be able to wear it for the entire event, which begins at 4:00 pm and doesn't end until the bars close. (Unless you're set to after-party, which means it could last much longer!) 

Matching Outfits
Pick out some matching shirts or jackets for your entire group to wear. It's a great way to keep track of each other throughout the event, plus it's a wonderful way to draw attention and possibly get more beads from the other pub crawlers! Use funny sayings like "We like big BEADS and we cannot lie!" "Cajun Drinking Team" or "Show me the beads (and maybe I'll show you mine!)" Of course, you could also all wear last year's official Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl shirts until you get here, and then pick up the 2018 version before you go out for the night. 

When your friends open these gifts over the holidays, it will immediately get them in the mood to start planning a Mardi Gras weekend at the biggest party at the Lake of the Ozarks. Mark Saturday, February 17, 2018, on your calendars, sign up for text alerts, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+, and share all of our updates with everyone that you know. Have a great holiday season now, and get ready to have amazing Mardi Gras with us in just a couple of months.  

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

SAVE THE DATE & Don't Miss Mardi Gras 2018 at the Lake of the Ozarks!

Most people have Christmas and New Year's Eve on their minds this time of year, but you've surely got a moment to spare to mark a very important date down on your calendar - The Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl! Some of the details are still being ironed out, but we've got the date set: 

Saturday, February 17, 2018.

A little preparation now will guarantee that you don't miss the biggest pub crawl in mid-Missouri next February. 

The Best Lake Area Bars
Every year, the best bars and restaurants jump on board to be a part of this amazing Mardi Gras celebration at the Lake of the Ozarks. There is still time for more places to be added, but so far the following stops are scheduled to be a part of this always-exciting event. 
  • Wobbly Boots Roadhouse
  • Wicked Willie's Sports Grill
  • Tucker's Shuckers
  • Arris Pizza
  • Mexicali Blues
  • JJ Twigs
  • Tirebiters
  • Chevy's 
  • Li'l Rizzo's
  • Vista Grande
  • Inn at Grand Glaize
  • Lucky's 

A Safe Ride All Night
The purchase of a $10 Mardi Gras Pub Crawl wristband not only gets you into all of the participating bars & restaurants, but it also allows you to ride the buses safely to each stop all night long. They run from 4:00 pm until 2:30 am to make sure you get back to where you are staying at the end of the evening. The majority of the buses will hit every stop in order, but we also have a few express buses running a shorter route in case you need to get to the other side a little more quickly.  

Amazing Live Music
Each and every stop on the Mardi Gras Pub Crawl route will host some of the best live music at the Lake of the Ozarks. You are in store for an evening full of amazing live bands and incredible DJs playing all the best music to keep you on the dance floor all night long. 

How To Stay Informed
We'll be sure to let you know as soon as new information is available about the 2018 Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl. In addition to watching our website, you can follow along with us on your favorite social media channels (linked below,) or you can text "LakePubCrawl" to 71441 to get updates sent directly to your phone. 

Save the date on your calendar now, and make sure to let all of your friends know to do the same! No one wants to miss the best party at the Lake of the Ozarks. (It wouldn't be the same without you!) 

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Lake Stock Fall Crawl 2017 Is This Weekend! (11/4)

The Lake Stock Fall Crawl is this Saturday, November 4! One of the best pub crawls at the Lake of the Ozarks is almost here and we are so excited. Get your best hippie costume and meet us there for the GROOVIEST live entertainment, GREAT drinks and food, and even better company.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4th, 20176:30 PM - 1:30 AM

Don't have a wristband yet? It's not too late!

COST: $10.00

This gets you an all access pass to every participating location along with bus transportation to and from! That's one $10 cover change for 10+ locations offering LIVE music and a safe and secure ride home!!!

Live Entertainment at Participating Joints You Won't Want to Miss!

Wicked Willie's
Burnin' Down The House

Wobbly Boots

Arris Pizza
Pure Drive


Tucker's Shuckers

Tinkler (7-9PM)
DJ Ryan (9PM-1AM)


Rob Wilson

JJ Twigs
South Search Five


This is the GROOVIEST Pub Crawl That You WON'T Want to Miss!

Don't miss out on the chance to hear some great bands at some great restaurants/bars. Unwind and get your drink on with the hippies! This will be such a fun time and we can't wait to see you there.

Keep checking back on the website for the bands at each location. Don't forget to sign up for text alerts for all the pub crawl news. Just text LAKEPUBCRAWL to 71441 and you are all set. 

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