The post was rocking and rolling on Fat Tuesday, as Freedom Crossing celebrated Mardi Gras. Our very own Andres Acosta was among the scores of revelers in attendance and he brings you the view of the festivities in this ‘Story in Many Pics.’
Freedom Crossing at Fort Bliss will host a public Mardi Gras Celebration on Tuesday, February 28 from 5pm to midnight. This free event is open to the public and will take place outside on the Freedom Crossing promenade.
The party boasts authentic Mardi Gras vibes bringing in regional talent and tastes that will showcase the spirit of Bourbon Street and Brazil’s Carnival.
On the Bourbon Street stage, guests can expect performances from local blues legend Guitar Slim, who has opened up for Leon Russell, Robben Ford, John Lee Hooker and more.
Also joining the lineup is Paso del Norte Big Band, a 17-piece orchestra sounding in the New Orleans jazz culture with El Paso’s finest musicians. Adding to the Fat Tuesday funk, Mama Crystal and the Horns of Plenty are sure to roll out the best of New Orleans-style soul.
At the Masquerade stage, Freedom Crossing will feature a visual feast with extravagant performances by Samba Performers from Arizona. This ensemble of dancers radiate sheer energy and passion incorporating the beauty, grace, and spirit of authentic Brazilian Carnival culture.
Joining the stage will be Sol Studio performers performing a Capoeira demonstration followed by a drum show by Samba Batucada of El Paso. The stage will close out with “Fuego,” a regionally-famous fire show by southwestern fire dancers Odd-Lab.
Complimentary Mardi Gras beads, masks and instant photo booth prints will be made available to all guest while supplies last. The Beads team will also provide face painting, dancing stilt walkers & jesters, and arts and crafts for the kids until 10pm.
Chefs will provide the tastes of Louisiana at Shamrocks Pub on the Promenade, in addition to beignets from the Mini Donut Depot.
The complete schedule for this free event is listed below. Additional event information can be found online. This event is sponsored by Western Technical College and GEICO Military.