Catch the spirit and energy of ‘The Quarter’ in downtown Rock Island for Gumbo Ya Ya. Cajun, Zydeco, and Jazz bands will tantalize your ears, while Cajun spiced food will heat up your taste buds. Bead tosses, confetti, feather masks, feather boas, and Jumer's showgirls will complete the Mardi Gras theme.

Music Lineup
Backwater Bayou Band – 4:30p.m.
Cedric Burnside – 6:30p.m.
Zydeco Voodoo – 7:45p.m.
Jack Brass Band – 10:15p.m.

Cajun & Creole Food
If the taste of New Orleans cuisine is what you’re looking for, you’ll find many options at Gumbo Ya Ya. If you don’t like the Cajun flavors traditional festival foods, Thai food, Greek food, and more will also be available! There is something for everyone to enjoy!

Admission – $9
Tickets can be purchased in advance through the Downtown Rock Island Partnership at 309-788-6311, or admission fee can be paid at the gate. Please no pets. No coolers allowed inside of premises. Personal lawn chairs and seating is allowed.

French Quarter Marketplace
The merchants are inspired by the French Quarter Marketplace in New Orleans, a place where you can find almost anything. Official Gumbo Ya Ya t-shirts and other Mardi Gras accessories (Mardi Gras masks, specialty beads, etc.) are available for purchase. Merchants will sell clothing, accessories, and jewelry. Novelties will include psychics, airbrush tattoos, and flamboyant street performers.

Mardi Gras Beads
Over 20,000 strands of Mardi Gras beads will be thrown to the crowd throughout the weekend by various groups… including some local familiar faces! Do you know what the different colors of the beads represent? The most dominant color at Mardi Gras is purple, and it represents justice. Green stands for faith, and gold represents power. These three colors are intertwined in almost all Mardi Gras decorations. Be ready for some surprises too!

For more information, please visit:

Downtown Rock Island Partnership • 1821 2nd Ave. • Rock Island, Illinois
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4:00 PM - 12:30 AM
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