Frequently Asked Questions

  • When and Where is the Masquerade Party?
  • The Masquerade Party is Saturday, January 30 at the Isle Casino. The doors open at 6:00 p.m.

  • When and Where is the Fat Tuesday Pub Crawl?
  • The Fat Tuesday Pub Crawl is Feburary 9 at 6:00p.m. in Downtown Cape Girardeau

  • History of Mardi Gras
  • Mardi Gras has a long and complex history stretching from Medieval Europe to Rome, and has compiled influence from several cultures such as Caribbean, French, and Spanish. Mardi Gras translates to ‘Fat Tuesday’ which proceeds Ash Wednesday. It is a holiday designed for celebration, eating, and rumpus before the sacrifice and abstinence of Lent. Mardi Gras stems from the ancient tradition of fattening a calf for a bountiful feast at the end of Carnival.

    French-Canadian explorer Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de Bienville brought Mardi Gras to America in 1699 when he arrived at a plot of ground south of New Orleans, and named it "Pointe du Mardi Gras". Bienville also established "Fort Louis de la Louisiane" - now known as Mobile - in 1702. In 1703, the tiny settlement of Fort Louis de la Mobile celebrated America's very first Mardi Gras.

    In 1704, Mobile established a secret society (Masque de la Mobile), similar to those that form our current Mardi Gras krewes. It lasted until 1709. In 1710, the "Boeuf Gras Society" was formed and paraded from 1711 through 1861. The procession was held with a huge bull's head pushed alone on wheels by 16 men. Later, Rex would parade with an actual bull, draped in white and signaling the coming Lenten meat fast. This occurred on Fat Tuesday.

    Continue reading more on the history here:

  • Why Cape Girardeau?
  • Cape Girardeau was originally established as a frontier trading post by French soldier Jean D. Girardot, where the city acquired its name and then settled by French-Canadian Louis Lorimer in 1793.

    Cape Girardeau is centrally located in a region with a rich French heritage. The celebration of Mardi Gras is a celebration of the culture and history of the area and the ancestors that settled the land.

  • What’s a Krewe?
  • A krewe is any group or organization of celebrators who band together to host a Mardi Gras ball, ride on a Mardi Gras parade float, and participate in social events throughout the year.Krewes typically have a certain theme, costumes, or a shared interest.

    The Krewe Rex is one of the most famous krewes in Mardi Gras history. This all-male group established the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green, and gold, and they introduced the collecting of doubloon coins.

    This year, Krewes will not be required to participate in any way other than simply showing up for one of the two events in order to be considered a Krewe. >

  • Who can be a Krewe?
  • Anyone can be a part of a Krewe as long as the Krewe membership approves.

  • How do I complete the Crawl?
  • Pick up a Participation Card at any participating venue on the day of the crawl. Go to all the venues and make a purchase to get you card punched by that venue. Once all the venues have been punched turn your card in to the bartender to have it included in the drawing for a chance to win prizes.

    A purchase does not have to be alcohol. Any purchase will qualify.

  • Do clubs charge a cover?
  • While most venues will not be charging a cover a few with entertainment may require a fee. We will list such clubs and any cover charges so you can plan your crawl accordingly.
  • Is there a charge to participate crawl?
  • No.

  • Do I have to buy an alcoholic beverage in each club to complete the crawl?
  • A purchase does not have to be alcohol. Any purchase will qualify.

    Please have a designated driver or use public transportation if you intend to drink alcohol.

    We do not encourage you to drink in excess or drink and drive. Please drink responsibly.

  • Where is the Masquerade Party Held?
  • Inside the Event Center at the Isle Casino Click here to view the map. To enter go to the main lobby with the revolving door at the covered entrance. Once inside the lobby turn left and go down the hallway to the reception area.
  • What Clubs are participating in the crawl?
  • Clubs are still being confirmed at this time, check back for updated information.

  • How Can I Help?
  • If you would be interested in helping us with the Masquerade Party, Fat Tuesday Crawl or creation of a Mardi Gras event in Cape and/or have ideas to share please let us know.

    Click here if you are interested in volunteering