On its surface, the Fairport Harbor Mardi Gras has little in common with its Big Easy namesake. Theres not a whole lot of colorfully decorated costumes and floats, Fat Tuesday is nowhere in sight, and girls dont trade peeks at their boobs for cheap plastic beads. But theres a definite circus-like energy, says spokesman Jim Cardina.
The fest coincides with the Fourth of July every year. The four-day party starts with todays parade and the crowning of the Mardi Gras queen. Carnival games, kiddie rides, and live music are on tap. Plus, theres plenty of food and raffles to keep you busy.
Tonights celebration culminates in a huge fireworks show. Its a nice way to celebrate America in the summer and on the beach, says Cardina. Fun is encouraged, but we control the scene so things dont get too crazy.
July 4-8, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.