Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Mardi Gras at Knott's

Today I'm posting some of the materials from the first (and only) annual "Mardi Gras Madness" at Knott's Berry Farm. The event took place alittle over 35 years ago now, February 25, 27, 28 & 29, 1976.

The first images are of the entertainment/map handout.

The next item is a cardboard button that was given to employees to advertise the event.

The next image is of the souvenir coins that were thrown out from the floats during the "Mardi Gras Promeade". I remember working as a "sweeper" during this time and having to pick up these coins, I have a bag full of these still. This event did not go over very well, hense the fact that it was the first (and only) annual "Mardi Gras Madness". A side note here is that this year's Summer kick-off employee BBQ is themed "Marty Gras", named after the current GM Marty Keithley.


  1. Interesting - I've never heard of this event before!

  2. Chris it was a one day event.The Family did not make any money and moved on to H-Haunt.

  3. I drove the antique fire engine in this parade. It broke down by the saloon and had to be push started through Ghost Town. Sadly, I have no pictures of this to show the Grand kids. If anyone does, please contact me at

    My family moved to Calif. in early 1959. So many memories of KBF! Richard Burchell