We’re a long way from New Orleans here in Colorado but that doesn’t mean we don’t know how to have a good time and keep it fun for the whole family! Every year the town of Manitou Springs, Colorado holds a Mardi Gras Parade suitable for the whole family to participate in or, enjoy on the sidelines. This was out first time at the parade and we weren’t disappointed! We strategically placed ourselves not on the parade route but rather closer to the action – where everyone gathers before the parade starts! This made for some great closeup pictures and just about the best people watching anyone could hope for.
Manitou (“spirit” in Native American) is situated on the outskirts of Colorado Springs. It’s a small, old place with tons of character. It started out as sacred grounds to the Ute nd Cheyenne Indians. The famous Pikes Peak Mountain snow runoff feeds the 11 mineral springs located throughout the town. Today, Manitou Springs is great for tourist shopping, artesian galleries,taking the Pikes Peak God Railway to the top of Pikes Peak, or grabbing a bite to eat at any of the local restaurants.
I walked away without any beads or candy, but not disappointed. Mardi Gras in Manitou will become an annual event to watch people having fun and dressing crazy and sharing the silliness with all the local fans.