Mardi Gras on 18th St. is Kansas City’s best-kept-secret street festival — and probably my favorite community party. It begins early on Fat Tuesday (Feb. 16 this year), with a dawn parade from 18th and Jefferson up through the Westside neighborhood and down the hill to YJ’s in the Crossroads. Then it picks up again around 6 in the evening with merriment all along W. 18th outside of YJ’s, until the parade proper forms and funks its way down to the Mutual Musicians Foundation in the 18th and Vine Jazz District. I made this two-parter doc for Locker Partner.
Pt. 1: Tubas at Dawn
Pt. 2: The Heart of Tuesday Night