The 12th annual Venice Beach Mardi Gras festivities will kick off with a parade along Ocean Front Walk at noon Saturday, Feb. 9.

Costumed revelers will take to the streets to launch the local 2013 Mardi Gras festivities in the 12th Annual Venice Beach Mardi Gras Parade at noon Saturday, Feb. 9 at Ocean Front Walk and Rose Avenue in Venice.
Local residents, musicians, artists and Mardi Gras enthusiasts will gather along the Venice Beach Boardwalk, tossing beads to spectators, to celebrate the spirit of New Orleans Mardi Gras.
The theme of this year’s parade is “California Gold.”
The celebration is hosted by the Krewe of Grand View, a group of musicians and artists, The Gumbo Brothers, The Mudbag Brass Band, “Miss Jessica,” and The Sugar Shack Attack,
This year’s parade king and queen are Los Angeles natives Johnny and Manya Newman.
As part of the festivities, participants will pay tribute to the late Huell Howser, carrying posters of the “California’s Gold” TV show host and a papier mache likeness of him.
The parade will proceed south to Windward Avenue and back. A free after-party featuring New Orleans-style funk band The Gumbo Brothers will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Venice Bistro, 323 Ocean Front Walk.
The parade will be held rain or shine. Costumes are encouraged. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.