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Laissez Le Bon Temps Rouler at OWA this Mardi Gras Season

January 29, 2024

Foley, Ala. — Let the good times roll at OWA Parks & Resort this Mardi Gras and celebrate the season with fun events and activities you won’t want to miss!  From live music, pet costume contests and OWA’s signature Mardi Gras parade, Downtown OWA is ready to let the good times roll!  Grab your masks and beads and join us as the Gulf Coast’s largest entertainment destination is transformed into a reveler’s paradise!

The fun kicks off on Saturday, February 3rd at 2:00 p.m. with the 3rd annual Puppy Gras Pet Parade.  Be sure and dress yourself and your furry friend in your Mardi Gras best for this family-friendly event featuring a pet parade through Downtown OWA and costume contest on OWA Island.  Pre-register for $10 or register day-of for $15 to guarantee your spot for a chance to win cash prizes in categories including Puppy Gras King, Puppy Gras Queen, Funniest, Most Festive and OWA’s Choice.

The fun continues on Saturday with the Krewe du Kidz Masquerade beginning at 4:00 p.m.  From Moon Pie Bingo to mask decorating and a scavenger hunt, there’s family-friendly carnival fun and activities for revelers of every age!  There will also be balloon artists, caricature artists and a DJ-fueled Bubble Dance Party with Mardi Gras themed stilt walkers roaming the streets of Downtown OWA.  Let the good times roll at Krewe de Kidz Masquerade!

On February 11th, make plans to join us for the Mardi Gras Parade and Afterparty.  The celebration kicks off at 1:00 p.m. with free kids’ activities, followed by OWA’s community parade with local car clubs, walking groups, golf carts, civil organizations and community leaders parading down the streets of Downtown OWA.  Line up begins at 2:00 p.m. with the parade kickoff immediately following.

Be a part of the fun and register your organization to participate in the parade, or just watch the fun from the streets and catch the throws!  Be sure and stay around after the parade for more Mardi Gras fun with live music on OWA Island with the 5 Mile Brass beginning at 3:30 p.m. and Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & The Zydeco Twisters beginning at 5:00 p.m.

All Mardi Gras events are free for all ages and open to the public.  For more information, or to register for one of the events, visit our website at https://visitowa.com/mardi-gras/


About OWA Parks & Resort: Award-winning OWA Parks & Resort in Coastal Alabama is owned and operated by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.  OWA’s name is derived from a Creek word for “big water,” and the tropical theme of the 520-acre property was inspired by the Gulf of Mexico, minutes away via the Foley Beach Express.

At the heart of OWA is Tropic Falls, which includes a 23-ride theme park, outdoor wave pool and the region’s largest indoor water park—bigger than a football field and covered by a convertible roof. Just outside the ticketed areas is Downtown OWA. This pedestrian-only streetscape was inspired by Southern small towns and features numerous options for dining, shopping, and entertainment.

The destination resort offers a full calendar of events, from Downtown OWA’s own Mardi Gras Parade to the annual Christmas tree lighting with fireworks and snowfall. With its own award-winning TownePlace Suites by Marriott, OWA is the place in Coastal Alabama to thrill, then chill.