Moscow Mardi Gras continues 1970s tradition

Bars, clubs, area bands coordinate event in its fourth decade running



In the past The Intentions played at the Garden Lounge. This year the band will perform at Rants and Raves Brewery while DJ Farrukah’Son will play at the Lounge for Mardi Gras.

ALANA LACKNER, Evergreen managing editor

The Palouse Youth Association will host a charity event tomorrow that will give Pullman-Moscow locals a chance to celebrate Mardi Gras and give back to their community.

Moscow Mardi Gras is an annual celebration that University of Idaho students started in the late 1970s. It’s now independent of the university, said Genevieve Bode, Moscow Mardi Gras president.

The celebration always showcases multiple events at different venues, and this year it has five, all at Moscow locations, Bode said. This year will feature The Fabulous Kingpins at Mingles Bar & Grill, DJ Farrukh’son at the Garden Lounge, Sol Seed at John’s Alley Tavern, The Intentions at Rants & Raves Brewery and the TabiKat Drag Show at the 1912 Center.

“We’re always trying for new venues because we always want more people to be involved in it because it is a community event,” Bode said.

Each event has its own appeal, she said.

The Fabulous Kingpins is a local music group that references Moscow Mardi Gras as their longest-running gig. They will be playing from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Mingles, which is located at 102 S. Main St. The event is for patrons 21 and older.

DJ Farrukh’Son is a local DJ known for performing in Moscow and Pullman. He will be performing from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. at The Garden Lounge, which is located at 313 S. Main St. The event is open to those 21 and older.

Sol Seed is a reggae-fusion band. Their music is “created with the intention of spreading unconditional love, universal acceptance and an urge to reach across social, spiritual, and cultural boundaries,” according to their website.

They perform all over the Pacific Northwest. This performance will be at John’s Alley Tavern, located at 114 E. Sixth St., and will start at 10 p.m. and end at 2 a.m. It is also for patrons who are at least 21.

Rants & Raves Brewery is a new venue for Mardi Gras, Bode said. It is located at 308 Jackson St. The Intentions will be performing there from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. They play rock, country rock, blues, folk and Americana music, according to their Facebook page. The event is open to all ages.

Finally, the TabiKat Drag Show is a Moscow drag show dating back to 1995, according to its Facebook page. It is open for everyone 18 and over, and the doors open at 9 p.m. The shows will start at 10:30 p.m. and 12 a.m. It takes place at the 1912 Center, which is located at 412 E. Third St.

According to Bode, there will be a bus to and from the event for safe sober rides, provided by Rants & Raves. It will have three stops in Pullman and two in Moscow: Dissmore’s, Walmart and Paradise Creek Brewery, and Rants & Raves and the Garden Lounge, respectively.

The Dissmore’s bus will depart at 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. The Walmart bus will depart 15 minutes after each of the Dissmore’s stops, and the Paradise Creek Brewery bus will depart 25 minutes after each of the Dissmore’s stops. The Moscow buses will start departing at 7:45 p.m. and 7:50 p.m. for Rants & Raves and the Garden Lounge, respectively, and will make their last departures at 2:30 a.m. and 2:35 a.m. All times are approximate.

Tickets for Mardi Gras cost $10 in advance and $15 at the door. A ticket can get into all events. If one is interested in only attending one event, a single venue ticket would cost $7 at the door. Tickets are available at seven locations in Moscow, including all venues as well as Safari Pearl, 660 W. Pullman Road, and Keeney Bros. Music Center, 123 E. Third St. All proceeds from the event will go toward Palouse Youth.

“We plan on doing grants for youth organizations and scholarships for youths for music and things like that,” Bode said.

Bode said that attendees sometimes overlook the charity side of Moscow Mardi Gras.

“I don’t think people always realize that it’s actually a charity event and not just some big party,” she said.