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Carnivale Parade

Saturday, February 26, 2022

2022 Carnivale Parade

It’s tradition in Manitou Springs to march down Manitou Avenue and celebrate Mardi Gras in true fun and funky color that Manitou is known for! So grab your beads and costume-up with us! 

This year, our theme is Mystical Manitou!

The more the merrier, so bring your family, your neighbors, your co-workers, your friends, everyone! Always free to join in, never any RSVPs!

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We need help herding Mardi Gras revelers! If you have a big voice and personality we need you. Fill out a volunteer application below.

Cavnivale parade detour & Event Parking

Make your trip as easy as possible

Parking will be available for a fee at Hiawatha Gardens, or for free at Briarhurst Manor with no shuttles at either location.

Manitou Springs High School (401 El Monte Place) and Middle School will be offering free parking, with free shuttles running from 11am-3pm. The free shuttles are provided by Grayline and Local Motive.

Pike Ride will have a station setup at Soda Springs Park, so you can ride directly to the main event festivities!  You can use code “CARNIVALE” on 2/26, which will get you two free 30 minute trips, to enjoy Carnivale in Manitou Springs.

2022 Carnivale Court VOTE

VOTING OPEN for Carnivale Court!

Now through February 18th, cast your votes for 2022 Carnivale Court in the following categories:






*All winners will carry a carnivale letter and lead the parade!!

Carnivale Parade FAQ's

Themes change every year, but the rules don’t. See below for some standard Carnivale practices.

Some things never change. We’ve never had any motorized vehicles in the parade, and we’ll stick to that.

Yes! Your four-legged family members are welcome (or two legged ones, for that matter!) Please consider that this can be a very busy and crowded day in Manitou Springs and not all of our beloved pets like big crowds, so if it’s best to leave them at home-please do. If they’re coming with you, just make sure they’ve got a leash and stay safe.

The Parade starts at Memorial Park, 502 Manitou Ave, and continues all the way Westbound down Manitou Ave to Soda Springs Park, 1070 Manitou Ave. You can watch from anywhere along the route!

The letters lead the parade after the King & Queen and are the centerpiece of the parade. We wish we could offer letters to everyone that wants to be a carrier, but our voted-in Carnivale Court will carry in addition to other “Manitou Royalty”. We’ll have puppets that need carried, though! So please email jenna@manitouchamber.com if you’re interested in donning one of the historic puppet characters.

It’s a parade, after all. Yeah, we know. Unfortunately, we can’t toss things like candy, beads, or other fun stuff. That’s a rule. Handing out flyers is also a no-no. (That’s about the environment). If you want to walk over to hand beads or candy to someone in the crowd, that’s ok. Just please keep the tossing to yourself!

Yes! Always free for everyone. Come down and watch- or join in the fun!

The Best, time and again


Very entertaining!…I loved it!! – Danielle C.

Gotta be there


We had a GREAT time! Can’t wait till next year!!!! – Nancy T.

Thanks to our Carnivale Sponsors!

Thanks to our Zulu Krewe Sponsors!

Suja Organic

Thanks to our Bacchus Krewe Sponsors!

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