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Mardi Gras Carnaval on Nuuanu Ave.

(HawaiiNewsNow) - We're celebrating Fat Tuesday a little early. That's because we're gearing up for the Mardi Gras Carnaval on Nuuanu Avenue Tuesday night. Frank Queiroz is the director of the Brazilian Cultural Center of Hawaii, and he's brought quite a crowd.

Mardi Gras Carnaval
Fat Tuesday

  • Tuesday, Feb. 16, 5:30-10:30pm
  • Nuuanu Avenue
  • 5 Stages, 2 Parades

On Fat Tuesday, February 16, 2010 from 5:30pm to 10:30pm, the Arts District Merchants Association will present "Mardi Gras Carnaval 2010," the tenth anniversary downtown celebration of Mardi Gras. The event, billed as "An International Celebration of Indulgence," showcases authentic Mardi Gras - Carnaval culture with unique and exciting food, music and dance from New Orleans, Brazil, Cuba.

Sinful gastronomic creations will be served by many of the district's fine eateries including Brasserie Du Vin, Soul De Cuba, Epic, Indigo, Café Joy, Tea at 1024 and Murphy's Bar & Grill. New this year are Jose's Cantina, and India Café. Check website for an updated menu:

Live music will run from 5.30pm to 10pm with bands featured on five performance stages spread out along Nu‘uanu Avenue, Pauahi Street and Hotel Street.:

Rio Sambadrome (Nuuanu Ave at Chaplain Lane) - NEW this year – the Brazilian Float will be parked here, animated with live Samba dancers, next to a giant movie screen beaming Rio Carnaval video footage, a high-powered foam cannon, and a separate stage featuring hip-shaking rhythms courtesy of Tropikalia Batucada, 2doBem Samba Trio, DJ Trigo and DJ Mr. Nick.

Main Stage (Hotel and Nuuanu) - Delta Skeltah N'awlins Rock Funk headed by John Canizarro, plus Quadrophonix (deep grooves from near and far featuring ukulele prodigy Taimane Gardner)

Funk Stage (Pauahi St at Marks Garage) – Alice in Chinatown Floats (performances by Cherry Blossom Cabaret), Family Dinner Band (funk from around the globe), DJ Kitty Lee (old school to new school), The Professa (funkateer versed in the classics and their modern descendants)

International Stage (Nuuanu Ave at King St.) - Brazilian Cultural Center of Hawaii Sambistas & Batucada (drum ensemble), Espiritu Libre (Latin rhythms from salsa to samba to Caribbean beats), Costume Contest ($500 cash prize), Axe Sambistas & BCCHI Batucada (drum ensemble), Fire Dancers

KTUH Rave-Up (Hotel Street at Smith) - KTUH DJ's Delivering Massive Beats - G-Spot, ADH DJ & More....

There will be two Samba Parades with live Batucadas (Brazilian Percussion Ensembles) at 7pm and 9pm. The first Parade concludes with the Costume Contest on the International Stage - $500 cash 1st Prize will be awarded to The 2010 King or Queen of Mardi Gras. All entrants must register at Festival Information Tent (on Nu‘uanu Ave across from Epic) by 7pm. The second parade will also include specially commissioned ornate Mardi Gras Floats by artists from the district (Alice in Chinatown #1 and #2 - by Cherry Blossom Cabaret, Tropikalia - by the Brazilian Cultural Center of Hawaii, and Marie Antoinette Carriage - by Marsha Joyner).

"Mardi Gras Carnaval 2010" is free to all. Over 21's will be carded and $3 wristbands required for enjoying alcoholic beverages including the Hurricane Special. A $10 wristband option will also enable entrance to five nightclubs after the street festival, playing live music till 2am.

Produced by Tim Bostock Productions and T-Rx Entertainment, LLC (Mark Tarone), in collaboration with Honolulu Culture and Arts District and the Arts District Merchants Association. Funding support received through The ARTS at Marks Garage from The Hawaii Tourism Authority, and from sponsors The Honolulu Weekly, Yelp, Bacardi, Jack Daniels, Southern Comfort, Blue Moon, Miller Lite, KPOI and KUMU.

For more information, pictures of previous Mardi Gras Festivals, press pictures and interviews with 2010 musicians & chefs please contact Tim Bostock at 521-9699 -

Extra Information

Drink Specials

Festival Specials (prices range from $5 - $7): Hurricanes, Caipirinhas, Miller Lite, Grolsch, Blue Moon, Bacardi, Jack Daniels, Southern Comfort and Cachaca Guapiara

Arts District Specials: Select specials all night provided by Murphy's Bar & Grill, O'Toole's, Soho, Mercury Bar, The Loft, Next Door, Hank's Café, JJ Dolans, Indigo, Bar 35

Club Nights: at Manifest, Soho, and Next Door

More Info: 521-9699 or online at

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