Friday, November 8, 2019

Amazing Mardi Gras Celebrations held in the US

Many cities across the United States celebrate Mardi Gras by partaking in drinks and Cajun food.  The tradition of Mardi Gras in strong in the US since the French and Catholics communities arrived in Alabama.  Regardless of what city you choose to enjoy the festivities, you’re sure to enjoy over the top parades, costumes, amazing food, and plenty of beverages.  The World’s Largest Mardi Gras Pub Crawl will not disappoint, crawlers will be dressed for the celebration, restaurants will have great food choices, and plenty of drinks try.  In this week’s blog, we will highlight cities across the US that will also be celebrating Mardi Gras in full force. 


New Orleans, Louisiana
It’s no secret that New Orleans is known for its Mardi Gras.  Thousands of people head to New Orleans to watch the Mardi Gras parades, listen to live music, and drink the night away.  The party lasts about 2 weeks in New Orleans with something for everyone to enjoy.  If you’re planning on heading to New Orleans do your research on what parades and parties that most interest you.  This will ensure you don’t show up at the wrong type of party.  

Mobile, Alabama
In 1703 the first Mardi Gras celebration that is known was in Mobile.  Like New Orleans, they start the carnival celebration two weeks prior to Fat Tuesday.  The streets of Mobile with be lined with bands, dancers, and performers of all kinds.  If you decide Mobile is a place you would like to check out for Mardi Gras, check out the Carnival Museum that is dedicated to the history of Mardi Gras in Mobile.

Galveston, TX
We all know Texas likes to do things big!  The Mardi Gras celebration in Galveston keeps with that statement.  With floats, food, and music the Galveston celebration is one of the most famous events in the country.

St. Louis, Missouri
St. Louis boasts that they have the best Mardi Gras event outside of New Orleans.  They might be right, Soulard is the place to be during Mardi Gras.  With lavish balls and parades throughout St. Louis, you have your choice of where you would like to go.  The restaurants in St. Louis are fantastic so expect to have a great time with great cuisine while attending Mardi Gras in St. Louis. 

Orlando, Florida
Universal Studio goes all out for 50 days for Mardi Gras with a parade and performers every night.  There will be headliners for visitors to enjoy at the large concerts they will have at Universal. 

Pensacola, Florida
Have you ever seen a parade held at night?  At Pensacola, the city has two parades and one of them is held in the evening, the floats that have lights all over them.  The parade that is held during the day is also extravagant with costumes that are sure to impress.
As you can see Mardi Gras parties will be held all of the country, however the Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl in the largest in the world.  Mark your calendars for a great winter event at the Lake of the Ozarks.  The Mardi Gras Pub Crawl will be February 8, 2020, this year.  To keep up to date on all the details follow our social media, check our website, or sign up for our text alerts. 



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Friday, November 1, 2019

2020 is the 19th Year of the Mardi Gras Pub Crawl

Start 2020 with a bang by attending the Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl. This will be the 19th Annual Mardi Gras Pub Crawl and this one will not disappoint. The crawl started as a small local pub crawl to give the locals a great event to enjoy in the offseason. Over the years the pub crawl has grown into the biggest annual party at the Lake of the Ozarks that goers drive hours to attend. 



Some guests go all out with their Mardi Gras costume with exquisite masks, beads, large Mardi Gras hats, and we can’t forget the tutus. Purple, gold, and green outfits will fill the bars and streets of Osage Beach & Lake Ozark. If you aren’t interested in dressing up for the big event, that’s ok. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the night of fun. However, Mardi Gras Pub Crawl t-shirts will be available to purchase before the crawl or you can pick one up at the bars that are participating in the crawl. Wear them to the pub crawl or take one home as a keepsake. 

We are still working on finalizing the stops on the crawl this year, but last year we had 16 stops full of fun and entertainment. As more people continue to come to the pub crawl, more establishments will participate in the night of fun. The bars & restaurants will stretch from the outskirts of Osage Beach to the historic Bagnell Dam Strip. There will be a mix of live bands and DJ’s that will have the dance rocking all night long. 

The first year of the pub crawl guests were on their own to get from stop to stop. As the pub crawl progressed over the years, buses were added to shuttle crawlers from stop to stop. The event has grown so much last year we were up to 32 buses running from stop to stop picking up crawlers and taking them to their next stop. The buses will make stops throughout the night at participating hotels picking up folks who do not want to drive to the first stop of the night. Some hotels that are not on the route will provide their shuttle to ensure their guests get home safely. 

There is a $10 wrist band fee which will get you into all the bars and restaurants with no cover charge. 

The wrist band is required and includes:
  • Entry to 16 participating venues
  • Unlimited entertainment – All locations will have a band or DJ
  • Bus transportation to all 16 locations.
  • Pick up and drop off at participating Hotels/Motels.
Wrist bands can be purchased the night of the event or before the event at all the participating bars/restaurants and specific Hotel/Motel sponsors. Sunshine Daydream on the Bagnell Dam strip will have wrist bands available, too!



Stay tuned for the announcement of the bars/restaurants that will be participating in 2020 and the Don’t Drink & Drive Hotel packages that will be available. The 2020 Lake of the Ozarks Pub Crawl is scheduled for Saturday, February 8, 2020. The buses will run from 4:00 pm – 2:30 am to make sure everyone gets where they need to be that night. You can stay updated on the 19th Annual Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl a couple of different ways. Follow our social media, sign up for our email newsletter at www.LakePubCrawl.com, or text “LakePubCrawl” to 71441. 



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Friday, October 25, 2019

Halloween Events You Won’t Want to Miss

We wish it was the Mardi Gras Pub Crawl this weekend, but it is only October. Since we have a few more months before we all participate in the World’s Largest Mardi Gras Pub Crawl at the Lake of the Ozarks, we decided this week we will talk about Halloween. In this week’s blog, we will highlight a few of the must-go Halloween events at the Lake of the Ozarks. 



Halloween Costume Party @ Tucker’s Shuckers Oyster & Tap 

Address: 1339 Bagnell Dam Blvd. 
                Lake Ozark, MO 
                9 pm – 1 am

Saturday Night - October 26th
 Eat, Drink, and be SCARY in your best Halloween Costume
They will be giving away a $1000 Tucker's Shuckers Gift Card (you heard that right $1000!) to the person with the best costume of the night!
 We'll be looking for the most creative, over-the-top, original costumes out there!
 Party starts at 9 pm with DJ Kaizen!
 Judging will take place at midnight
Must be at least 21 years of age to attend the party


Halloween Party at Fat Polly’s 

Address: 3080 Bagnell Dam Blvd.
               Lake Ozark, MO
               9 pm – 12 am

The costume party starts at 9 pm on Saturday, October 26th. 
The winning costume will win a $250 gift card.
The contest will start at 10 pm. 
DJ Bob Dodds will have the party rocking.


Tirebiters Peanut Pub Halloween Bash

Address: 4704 Jayhawk St. 
               Osage Beach, MO
Date: October 29th
Hours: 9 pm to closing

Come join the pre-Halloween Bash at Tirebiters! 

They will have a costume contest for Best Overall Costume with a $100 cash prize, the scariest costume will receive a $25 Gift Card, the funniest costume will win a $25 Gift Card, and the Best Couple/Duo costume will receive a $25 Gift Card. Each winner will also get their choice of Tirebiters merchandise! 
Everyone dressed in a costume will be entered in for drawings we will be doing throughout the night!! 
DJ Taz will be on from 9 until midnight and he will be reading off Halloween Trivia all night for chances to win prizes!  

Tirebiters will, of course, be having our industry night specials that consist of:
  $2.50 wells 
 $2.50 domestics 
  $2 apple pie shots


Wicked Willie’s Halloween Bash

Address: 5384 Osage Beach Pkwy.
                Osage Beach, MO

Date: October 31st
Time: 8 pm – 1 am

Join Wicked Willie’s for our annual Halloween Blowout Bash on Thursday, October 31, 2019! You might want to make plans now to call in "sick" to work on Friday! 

DJ Dr. Cheese will be spinning all of your favorite spooky dance tunes. We'll have some great drinks specials in store for you. The COSTUME CONTEST will award prizes for the Best Individual Costume and the Best Couple/Group Costume. 

Get ready to get your dance on and party with the ghouls! It's going to be a wicked good time you do not want to miss!



After seeing a few of the events that are happening for Halloween we hope you dress up and go have a great time! The Mardi Gras Pub Crawl is only a few months away, make sure you mark your calendars, tell your friends, and join us for a night of fun. To stay up to date on the pub crawl visit our website www.LakePubCrawl.com and follow our social media. See you in February with your Mardi Gras masks on. 



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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

History You May Not Know About Mardi Gras


When we hear Mardi Gras, we all think about masks, parades, beads, and parties. New Orleans is known for the place to be during Mardi Gras but the party has expanded to most of the country. At Lake of the Ozarks, we put our own spin on Mardi Gras with the World’s Largest Mardi Gras Pub Crawl. The Lake Pub Crawl is brought to you by the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and just the event we need at the lake during the offseason. In this week’s blog, we will tell you a few things about the history of Mardi Gras that you may not have known.  


Mardi Gras is the French term for Fat Tuesday. The event is more than just a one-day event. The party starts 12 days after Christmas and lasts through Fat Tuesday which falls the day before Ash Wednesday. For almost 2 months there are celebrations, parades, balls, and parties for people to enjoy. The traditional colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green, and gold. It is rumored that Grand Duke Alexis chose those colors to hand out to people who attended his party because they were the colors of his home. In later years, meanings were attached to the colors: purple for justice, gold for power, and green for faith.  

Believe it or not, the first American Mardi Gras was not celebrated in Louisiana. Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville a French-Canadian explorer arrived in what’s known now as Mobile, Alabama on Fat Tuesday in 1699. He threw a party that day and named the location Point du Mardi Gras. The parties continued in the years to follow as French travelers would come to celebrate. Mobile, Alabama still claims to this day to hold the oldest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States. 

Many Mardi Gras parties were canceled in the early 1700s due to drunken parties that often ended in destruction. In 1857 a secret society known as the Mistik Krewe of Comus changed how Mardi Gras was perceived. Instead of destructive parties, the society planned parades and lavish balls for guests to attend. 6 gentlemen of New Orleans gathered at Dr. John Pope’s Drug Store to organize a formal and organized way to celebrate. Now there are more than 70 secret societies involved in Mardi Gras. Each society (or Krewe) builds a float to represent their theme. Most floats will have a celebrity on the float to entertain the parade-goers.   

In 1872, the Krewe of Rex was founded in honor of Grand Duke Alexis Romanov Alexandrovish arriving in New Orleans. Each year a ruler is selected as “The King of the Carnival” and the Krewe of Rex selects the ruler. Every year this tradition continues with a person of distinction chosen.  

A lot of people don’t realize that wearing masks in New Orleans is illegal except during Mardi Gras. Wearing the masquerade masks is a way for people to get into the partying spirit and remove all their inhibitions since they are masked. The New Orleans city ordinance states masks can only be worn on the day of Mardi Gras and must be removed by 6:00 pm. 


We hope this blog enhances your knowledge of Mardi Gras and gets you in the mood to party. Only a few more months and we will be partying throughout the Lake of the Ozarks at the World’s Largest Mardi Gras Pub Crawl. Don’t worry masks are not illegal to wear here, so get your masks and beads ready for a great night. To stay up to date about the events schedule, visit our website www.LakePubCrawl.com and follow our social media.  


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Thursday, October 10, 2019

2020 Sponsorship Opportunities for the Mardi Gras Pub Crawl

The World’s Largest Mardi Gras Pub Crawl brought to you by the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is offering sponsorships to local businesses at this time. The Pub Crawl will take place on February 8th, 2020. A sponsorship will place your business in front of thousands of potential customers that will be participating in the pub crawl. We have several levels available that could greatly boost your business during the offseason at the Lake of the Ozarks. 



Title Sponsorship Investment (only 1 available) - $10,000

  • Business Name included in Official Event Logo (printed on the front of every shirt – sponsorship must be paid prior to October 31st, 2019)
  • Business Promotion on Flyers, Event Map, Radio, Billboards, LakePubCrawl.com, Pub Crawl Facebook and Twitter Page. (7,500+ Facebook Fans & 550+ Twitter Followers)
  • Banner Ad Promotion on LakePubCrawl.com
  • 10 Event Participant Wristbands
  • 2 Promotional SMS Text Message to 650+ Pub Crawl Participants
  • 2 Personalized Email Blasts sent to our database of 3100+ email recipients (artwork provided by sponsor)

Premium Sponsorship Investment - $3,000

  • Business sponsorship included on event t-shirt, Promotional flyers, and Event Map (if sponsorship paid prior to October 31st, 2019)
  • Banner Ad Promotion on LakePubCrawl.com
  • Listed as “Sponsor” on LakePubCrawl.com and promoted on Pub Crawl Facebook & Twitter
  • 6 Event Participant Wristbands
  • 1 Promotional SMS Text Message to our 650+ Pub Crawl Participant Subscription list
  • 1 Personalized Email Blast sent to our database of 3100+ recipients (artwork provided by sponsor)

Supporting Sponsorship Investment - $1000 


  • Business included on promotional flyers and Event Map
  • Banner Ad Promotions on LakePubCrawl.com
  • Listed as “Sponsor” on LakePubCrawl.com and promoted on Pub Crawl Facebook & Twitter
  • 4 Event Participant Wristbands

Enhanced Lodging Sponsorship Investment Includes: 

  • Showcased with “Featured” Lodging Listing on website
  • Logo, Phone #, and special rate listed on LakePubCrawl.com
  • Promotion on Lake Pub Crawl Facebook Page
  • 1 Promotional SMS Text Message to 650+ Pub Crawl Participants
  • 1 Email Blast promoting your facility and rate specials to our database of 3,100 recipients
               
Member Rate - $250.00* Non-Member Rate - $375*

Lodging “Basic Listing” Sponsorship Investment Includes:

· Logo, hyperlink, Phone #, and special rate listed on LakePubCrawl.com

Lake Area Chamber Lodging Members are provided basic listing complimentary*
Non-Member Rate: $375*

Banner Ad Sponsorship Investment Includes:

  • Banner Ad Promotion on LakePubCrawl.com
  • Listed as “Sponsor” on LakePubCrawl.com
  • 2 Event Participants Wristbands
               
Member Rate - $200.00* Non-Member Rate - $300*

Transportation Sponsorship Investment Includes:

  • Promotion on LakePubCrawl.com and Pub Crawl Facebook Page
  • Listed on the Lodging & Transportation page on LakePubCrawl.com

Member Rate - $100.00* Non-Member Rate - $150*

*All Lodging Venues will need to sign the Lodging Participant Agreement before being listed on LakePubCrawl.com



The Mardi Gras PubCrawl at the Lake of the Ozarks in one of the biggest annual parties at the lake. The buses will be running rain, shine, or wintery mix. There will not be a cover charge at any participating bar or restaurant with the purchase of a $10 wristband. All locations will have a band or a DJ so prepare yourself for a night of fun. If you are interested in any of the sponsorships please contact the Lake Area Chamber office at (573)964-1008 or email info@lakearachamber.com

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Details of the 2020 Mardi Gras Pub Crawl

The off-season at the Lake of the Ozarks is the time to start getting pumped up for the biggest annual party at the Lake of the Ozarks. Rain, shine, or wintery mix (if still deemed safe) the buses will be running, and the party will be on! In this week’s blog, you will find out all the details about the world’s largest Mardi Gras Pub Crawl held in Central Missouri’s beautiful Lake of the Ozarks.




DATE: Saturday - February 8, 2020
TIME: Busses Start at 4:00 PM (VIP Shuttle Service to and from participating lodging facilities will be available too!)
COST: $10 Wrist Band

Wrist Band Details

$10.00 Event Fee…instead of charging a cover charge at each location buy your wrist band and get into every participating bar/restaurant.
The wrist band is required and includes:
  • Entry to all participating venues (16 venues participated in 2019 and we’re looking to grow)
  • Unlimited entertainment – All locations will have a band or DJ
  • Bus transportation to all participating locations.
  • Pick up and drop off at participating Hotels/Motels.
Wrist bands can be purchased the night of the event or before the event at all 16 participating Bars/Restaurants and specific Hotel/Motel sponsors. 
Leave your keys and take the bus!!! 23 total buses run from 4:00 pm until 2:30 am and will get you to and from your designated lodging facilities with no need to drive. We provide the sober chauffeur and all you must do is kick back, leave your keys in the drawer, jump on a bus and have fun. Hotel shuttles are provided to get your crawl started and route buses stop at every location on the CRAWL!!!


Pub Crawl Rules
  1. $10 event charge required.
  2. No alcohol is permitted to enter or leave any event location.
  3. Busses will make scheduled stops only.
  4. Must be 21, possess a valid ID, and have a wristband to ride the busses.
  5. Must have a wrist band to enter participating Pub Crawl stops.
  6. Drink responsibly. Service will be denied to intoxicated individuals.

Stay tuned for the 2020 Prize Package but this will give you an idea of what you can expect.  The 2019 all-inclusive Lake Pub Crawl included:
$250 PRIZE PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • 1-night lodging at The Lodge at Port Arrowhead (Please call the hotel directly to make your reservation)
  • $10 Gift Cards from the following participating venues:
    • Mexicali Blues
    • Wicked Willie’s
    • Vista Grande
    • Li’l Rizzo’s
    • Lucky’s
    • Arris Pizza
    • Wobbly Boots
    • Fat Polly’s
  • 2 Event Shirts
  • 2 Event Wristbands

Several lodging establishments will have a drop-off and pick up services for the pub crawl as well as several other hotels that will be offering specials but will not be included on the bus route. 



This will be an event to remember, so grab your friends, and book your hotel to participate in the World’s Largest Mardi Gras Pub Crawl at the Lake of the Ozarks.  Don’t forget to dress up for the event, the more masks and beads the better.  The Lake Pub Crawl is proudly brought to you by the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.  


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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Last Minute Details for the Biggest Party of the Year - The Lake Pub Crawl!

IT'S LAKE PUB CRAWL TIME!!!!!! It's on this Saturday, February 16, 2019, the biggest party at the Lake of the Ozarks will be in full swing! Bands will be playing, busses will be running, beverages will be flowing, and beads will be flying for this year's Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl. Come rain or shine, or even a little "wintry mix," nothing's gonna stop this party! 



The Lake Pub Crawl spans over 12 miles across the lake area with 16 different stops at bars and restaurants along the way. Just to make doubly sure that you're ready for the weekend, here are the details that you'll need to know to get your party started.    



Get Your Wristbands & T-Shirts
Your ticket to all the excitement is a $10 wristband. This wristband will get you into all 16 of the participating bars and restaurants plus a ride on any of the 20+ busses offering a sober chauffeur to all pub crawlers all night long. Wristbands can be purchased before or during the event at any of the 16 stops, specific hotel/motel sponsors, and at Sunshine Daydream on the historic Bagnell Dam Strip. 



Many of the pub crawl stops are also selling event t-shirts. These make a stylish keepsake for you to wear until you get your 2020 Lake Pub Crawl t-shirt next year!  



Board the Busses
Event busses will continuously be running the pub crawl route from 4:00 pm-2:30 am. Bars have to close at 1:30 am at the Lake of the Ozarks, but our busses are running later to make sure that everyone safely gets to where they need to be at the end of the night. Put your car keys away for the evening because we've got you covered! 



Most of the busses will stop at every participating venue on the route as well as hotels that are on the pub crawl route. That means you don't even have to drive from your hotel if it's on our way. We'll pick you up and drop you off at the door! (There is a list of on-route hotels on our website.)

A few "express busses" will only be stopping at 3 designated venues during the event. These are available in case you need to get to the other side of town quickly to meet up with friends or catch a band you're excited to see.  



16 Stops & Live Music
As we've already mentioned, there are 16 stops on this year's Lake Pub Crawl route and every single one of them will feature the best live music at the Lake of the Ozarks



Special Thanks
Once again, we'd like to say a special thank you to this year's sponsors. Their support allows us to bring the world's largest pub crawl to you. Be sure to check them out while you're in town. 



See You Saturday!
We've been talking about this year's 2019 Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl for months now, and most of you have been talking about it since last year! Well, it's FINALLY here. We're ready and hopefully, you are too. Have a great Lake Pub Crawl weekend! 


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