March 13, 2021 • 10 am to 4 pm • Free Event
Parade • 10 am-2 pm
The Oak Island Mardi Gras Celebration will feature a reverse parade along Dolphin Drive (Beginning at SE 40th St.) where island residents and guests will slowly drive past a variety of Mardi Gras-themed floats, stations, golf carts, and more! To ensure social distancing, spectators will be asked to remain inside their vehicles at all times (walking will not be permitted). Both spectators and parade participants are encouraged to dress in their favorite seasonal attire as Oak Island parties by the sea!
Market • 12 pm-4 pm
Continue your celebration by the sea at Middleton Park with the Mardi Gras Market! Featuring live music at the OKI amphitheater; shoppers can explore an expansive array of locally grown and handmade items from Brunswick County vendors. The market will promote social distancing guidelines, the use of masks over both the nose and mouth, hand sanitizing stations, and more in an effort to adhere to best practices for Covid-19 precautions.
Music • 2 pm-4 pm
Music will include blues and soul music for the perfect picnic lunch in one of the parks designated socially distant picnic circles in the front of the amphitheater. Spectators are asked to only kickback inside the social distancing circles, and to not fill in the spaces in between; as the Town of Oak Island strives to provide safe spaces for all event-goers. Should all circles be filled, please wait until one is available to set up chairs and picnic blankets.
**Covid-19 Protocols: During the event, Covid protocols to be followed include but are not limited to: handwashing stations, one-way traffic at the parade and market, one shopper at a time in any vendor booth, social distancing picnic circles, social distancing signage, and the use of marks covering the nose & mouth by both staff, vendors, and participant. Anyone who is feeling ill, or is experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms are asked to remain at home until they are well. Individuals who fail to adhere to community safety standards may be asked to leave the celebrations by the Mardi Gras by the Sea Supervisor or the Oak Island Recreation Department Director.