Upcoming Events
Gumbo YaYa
Start Date/Time: Saturday, June 8, 2019 4:00 PM
Recurring Event: One time event
Importance: Normal Priority
Description:


The Festival

Saturday, June 8, 2019 – Gates open at 4:00 p.m.
Catch the spirit and energy of ‘The French Quarter’ in downtown Rock Island for Gumbo Ya Ya. Cajun, Zydeco, and Jazz bands will tantalize your ears, while Cajun spiced food will heat up your taste buds. Bead tosses, confetti, feather masks, feather boas, and Jumer's showgirls will complete the Mardi Gras theme.

NEW THIS YEAR!!
HORSE & CARRIAGE RIDES IN THE DISTRICT!
Complementary Rides from 5:00-9:00PM

NEW THIS YEAR!!!
OUTDOOR DUELING PIANOS IN THE VOODOO LOUNGE!!
Set 1 5:15-6:45PM
Set 2 8:45-10:15PM

Main Stage Music Lineup
Backwater Bayou Band – 4:30p.m.
Dikki Du and The Zydeco Krewe– 6:30p.m.

Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal– 9:00p.m.
Jack Brass Band – 10:45p.m.

Cajun & Creole Food
If the taste of New Orleans cuisine is what you’re looking for, you’ll find many options at Gumbo Ya Ya. If you don’t like the Cajun flavors traditional festival foods, there is something for everyone to enjoy at our local Restaurants!

Admission – $10 / $5 after 10:30PM Kids 12 & under get in FREE
Tickets can be purchased in advance at Daiquiri Factory, 309-786-1016, or admission fee can be paid at the gate. No coolers allowed inside of premises. Personal lawn chairs and seating is allowed.

French Quarter Marketplace
The merchants are inspired by the French Quarter Marketplace in New Orleans, a place where you can find almost anything. Official Gumbo Ya Ya t-shirts and other Mardi Gras accessories (Mardi Gras masks, specialty beads, etc.) are available for purchase. Merchants will sell clothing, accessories, and jewelry. Novelties will include psychics, airbrush tattoos, and flamboyant street performers.

Mardi Gras Beads
Over 20,000 strands of Mardi Gras beads will be thrown to the crowd throughout the weekend by various groups… including some local familiar faces! Do you know what the different colors of the beads represent? The most dominant color at Mardi Gras is purple, and it represents justice. Green stands for faith, and gold represents power. These three colors are intertwined in almost all Mardi Gras decorations. Be ready for some surprises too!

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