by Eric A. Crabtree
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Mardi Gras In Exile '99 - Austin Style!
Ok kids, it's time for my annual migration for Krewe Crabtree in celebration of my Valentine's Day Birthday and I am heading over to Mardi Gras '99 in N'awlins to party down like it really is 1999. The biggest party on Earth will be south and east and what better way to spend one's birthday. This year is the 300 anniversary of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, which started back in 1699 on Mar. 3. History records that Explorer Pierre Moyne, Sieur d'Iberville and his camp set up on the West Bank of the Mississippi River. This site was 60 miles from present-day New Orleans. On that very day, across the world in France, a festive holiday was underway and thus Sieur d'Iberville named his camp spot "Point du Mardi Gras" and the rest has all been history in the making with Carnival in the United States.
Today millions across the continents, from Australia, to France to South America and yes, the good old U.S. of A. with headquarters in New Orleans celebrate merriment in decadent portions. After Fat Tues., the party's over with the start of Lent Season for 40 days plus 7 Sundays until Easter - April 4th. To learn more about Mardi Gras, visit www.mardigras.com and www.Gaymardigras.com. Another fantastic source for Mardi Gras fans is to pick up Arthur Hardy's Mardi Gras Guide '99. This guide may be purchased all over Louisiana and locally at Sambet's Cajun Store located at 8644 Spicewood Springs - 512.258.6410 or from Arthur Hardy Enterprises at 504.838.6111. The publication retails for about $3.50.
Can't make it to New Orleans for the annual Mardi Gras celebration? Fat Tuesday is coming Feb. 16, and the Capital City (Austin) is marching forward for their own carnival season celebrating with beads, doubloons, parties, parades, dancers, Valentines Day Brunch, tea dances, CD releases and hit DJs and their music. Coors of Austin/Capital Beverage will be celebrating Mardi Gras with a commemorative beer can from their Colorado Brewery. Look for it in retails stores, the Austin Tavern Guild Bars, and in and around 6th St. establishments. Coors is also the official beer of Mardi Gras 1999 [in Austin]. Over at Dick's Deja Disco, their Carnival Rio on Sat., Feb 6 was a hit with the atmosphere served up by bartender Kindell. On Mardi Gras it's their Amateur New Meat and Pro-Am Strip hosted by Momma at 11pm with $150 cash prizes with free beads to all customers throughout the day. Wed. through Sat. look for Momma's Boyz Showers Dancers from 10:30pm till 1:30am. Thurs. features their cash dart tournament at 8pm.
The Edge is featuring their Valentine's - Mardi Gras Raffle Sat., Feb 13 & Tues. the 16th. Tickets are $2 a pop and patrons may win anything from the grand prize of a trip for 2 to San Antonio at The Painted Lady Bed and Breakfast in the Alamo City to free Limo rides to Valentine's heart of chocolates and flowers and Edge coupons. All revelers must be present to win. On Fat Tuesday, look for their Mardi Gras Madness Night with drink specials and oh yes, tons of free beads. Can you say show me something Mister Shawn? Look on Thurs. -Sat. for the Momma's Boyz Showers dancers from 10:30pm till 1:30am. Next door at Oilcan Harry's, their Fat Tues. celebration will feature great drink specials, free beads, dancers, and music spun by DJ Licious. Stop on in for the merriment and decadence that will sure to be a festive celebration.
While the boss man, Bill Bailey, is away on a much-needed vacation in Hawaii with new partner David, RCC hosts on Valentines Day, their fabulous Austin Babtist Women's Valentine's Show entitled Love is in the Air. The line up includes performances by the United Court of Austin, Michael T., Heather Thomas, Kelly Kline, Empress V, Cecelia Martay, Jackie O'Dare, Dee Dee Davis, Paris Chanel, Kim Wisdon, Jai Winn, Sandra O'Neal, and a special exhibition by Exotic Piercing. The night benefits local area Breast Cancer Resource Center and the HIV Wellness Center. On Fat Tues. look for Mardi Gras '99 - Rainbow Style with tons of free beads to all the cowboys and cowgirls. On Wed., Feb.17, at 9pm, it's their Go for the Gold Show for Mr. & Mrs. Rainbow '99. On Sat., Feb. 20, from 7-9pm, Empress V Cecilia Martay presents the IH-35 Empress Show. Last but not least, Mon.'s are the hit at RCC with country line dance classes from 8-9pm and their pool tournament at 9pm with cash and prizes given away.
Over at The Forum, look for The OZ Parties on Feb. 12 starting from 5:00-9:00pm. The Forum is offering special drink prices for guests of The OZ Parties. This Mardi Gras celebration will also include Cajun buffet appetizers provided by The Forum, and a $5 entry contribution toward The OZ Parties is suggested, but not required. Also on Fri. and into Sat., 13th, look for Krewe Forum's Parti Gras with free doubloons and beads with Circuit DJ (Ro) Roland Belmares spinning the hits. On Sun., Feb 14 - Valentine's Day - it's the Forum's and Centraur Entertainment's Dance with Angel's CD Release Party by DJ Julian Marsh. The Tea Dance/CD Release Party is from 5pm till 10pm with door proceeds benefiting local AIDS Charities. The first patrons through the door will receive this free CD. Lastly, Sun.'s are also spiritualized these days with DJ Filthy Rich vs: DiFUSE in four-hour DJ tag team sets of musical intoxication.
WOW Events hosts this party season with a Sun. Valentine's Day Brunch on Feb. 14 in the historic Bertram Bldg. at 1601 Guadalupe. The incredible space is currently an Indian restaurant called The Clay Pit. The continental breakfast consists of gourmet omelets, a carving station and plenty of croissants, pastries and dessert items. After brunch, WOW Events will be hosting a tea dance that evening at Twist Nightclub located at 505 Neches St. Tickets for the brunch and tea dance are $25 per person. Upon press release, ticket sales may be sparse for the brunch and readers are asked to contact WOW Events. Admission to only the tea dance will be $5 at the door. More info on the events may be obtained by calling WOW Events at 512.708.1957 or 512.454-8156 or visit their Web site at http://www.partyaustin.com/wow.html.
Austin is not at a loss for hosting parades, and revelers will attend a Bacchus St. Mardi Gras Night Parade entitled "The New Millennium" on world famous 6th St. starting at 9pm Fri., Feb. 12. The Friends of 6th St. and local Mix 94.7 radio station sponsor the parade. Sat., Feb. 13, from noon to 8pm, the area is given over to concerts and a crawfish boil. On Fat Tuesday the second annual Mardi Pardi kicks off at 5pm with a street party and performers on 6th Street. More info may be found at http://austin.citysearch.com/E/E/AUSTX/0002/23/60/.
Down at Midtowne Spa, look for another Foam Party on Sat., Feb. 13 starting at 10pm. Coming up on the 20th, it's their Garage Party also at 10pm. Not ready for Mardi Gras yet and need a mask? Midtowne Spa sells Mardi Gras masks from $3-10. Get yours and go home happy - masks that is. The 1920's Club is rocking their place these days with fantastic martinis and yummy appetizers. Charlie's Austin welcomes all to their Mardi Gras Get-Away with MANWATCH Dancers and great music and specials all Valentine/Mardi Gras weekend long. On Valentine's Day it's their Super Sun Show with Lauren Taylor and special guests starting at 11:30pm. On Fat Tues., it's free beads and then their steak dinner night is featured from 6-8pm. Later it's the Jame' Perry Amateur Strip Night at 12 midnight. Up at 'Bout Time on Sat., Feb 13, it's the Wayne Marion Diva Show starting at 10:30pm. Don't forget that Mon. is Karoake night at 8pm.
Inside Chain Drive, they are just recovering from their New Year Hare Lunar Party and it's leather business as usual with great drink specials. Over at Rhythm House, Michele Solberg performs on Fri. Feb. 12 at 8pm and then on Sat. the 13, it's Leeann Atherton also at 8pm. On Sun. - Valentine's Day - it's their All-Male Jam starting at 8pm and then on Fat Tues. look for Brian Spencer performing at 8pm. Splash Video Bar gears up with their Mardi Gras Party -Splash Style. All weekend long, get your free beads and party favors. On Sun., Valentine's Day, they will offer sweetheart drink specials. On Fat Tues., it' s Murrah's special Mardi Gras Show starting at 10:30pm with tons of free beads and many guest performers and talent entries.
In Circuit News, Austin is still recovering from Ben Parsley's Circuit Night Austin where DJ Don Bishop really rocked the house till dawn. Attending as Ambush's token circuit boy, it was a great glitter and grope night with all the boys and their toys dancing, partying and even hanging from the rafters. On Sat., Feb 20 , Circuit DJ (Ro) Roland Belmares will be spinning in Toronto. Coming up, DJ Julian Marsh from NYC will be spinning in Austin for Equinox, sponsored by Ben Parsley and Splash Productions on Sat. Mar. 27. If you missed what a circuit boy is all about, read issue # 26 of Ambush '98 at www.ambushmag.com and then go to Steers and Queers & look for 1998 Austin Ambush Reflections.
In pageant news, local Austintine Paul Parkinson will be presenting the 1999 Miss Gay Southwest U S of A Pageant which is the Official Preliminary to Miss Gay U S of A. The pageant will be held on Sun., Feb.28, at CLUB PICASSO in Houston. Performing at the event will be featured highlighted guest of Miss 1998 Miss Gay Southwest U S of A and Miss 1998 Miss Gay U S of A, Lauren Taylor, as she relinquishes her title for Miss Gay Southwest U S of A, 1998. For more information and registration, interested parties are asked to contact Paul Parkinson at 512.453.5655.
Coming up in late Feb. and into March, it's time for those Stetsons, Ropers and Wranglers as the Austin Travis County Livestock Show & Rodeo gets underway Feb.28 - Mar. 22. This year's theme is "How the West Was Won." The show and rodeo kick off with the "Red Hot Rodeo Gala" on Sat. Feb 27 featuring Alan Jackson. More information on the show and rodeo festivities may be found by calling them at 512.467.9811 or from http://www.austinrodeo.com/.
Until Mar. 4, "Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler!"
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