By Carlos Padilla
Organizers of the City of Elephant Butte’s annual celebration – Elephant Days – are primed to let the fun begin! The 2014 schedule of events will take place between Friday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 14, and promises three days of family fun at multiple locations around the city.
The theme for this year extravaganza is “Carnivale!,” and will include a touch of Mardi Gras pizzazz. Also this year, those attending the Seventh Annual Elephant Days celebration will be treated to a very large carnival, much bigger than last year’s, said event organizer Mel Tepper.
Set up will take place 9 a.m.-4 p.m., for vendors as well as the carnival on Friday, Sept. 12, with crowds welcomed beginning at 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. Visitors will enjoy free admission and parking throughout the three-day festivities. Food vendors as well as arts and crafts vendors will be on hand in addition to the carnival, and music will be provided by DJ Cesar.
On Saturday, Sept. 13, things get going at 7 a.m., with the balloon regatta schedule to be held at Elephant Butte Lake State Park, weather permitting. As is customary, the launch site will be determined early Saturday morning and is chosen based on winds.
The Annual Elephant Days Parade will begin at 10 a.m., launching from the parking lot at Marina Suites Motel, located at the intersection of State Highway 195 and Country Club Boulevard in Elephant Butte. Line up for the parade will begin at 9 a.m., with the start of the parade beginning promptly at 10 a.m. Those participating in the parade are encouraged to hand out – not throw – colorful bead strings and candy. Mardi Gras theme colors of purple, gold and green will be accompanied by bright colors.
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