Plans are shaping up for a fabulous Winter Carnival/Mardi Gras weekend, as Holiday Valley and the Village of Ellicottville pull out all the stops for two solid days of family fun.

At Holiday Valley, kids, adults and kids at heart will enjoy a full slate of activities, including Saturday’s always entertaining snow pony races, and the Costume Parade and Dummy Downhill race on Sunday.

Guests also will enjoy the fabulous cookout going on both days at Yodeler with a great selection of menu items, as well as the always popular Snowbar built of snow each year by Holiday Valley’s talented Mountain Crew. Holiday Valley also plans a Ski Patrol Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, as well as a wine and cheese party with the Ellicottville Ski Club.

On Saturday evening, you’ll want head on into the Village of Ellicottville for the annual Mardi Gras Parade sponsored by the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and is complete with creative float designs, costumed parade participants and spectators and, of course, tons and tons of beads.

Stick around afterwards and enjoy a meal or a drink at some of Ellicottville’s popular meeting places, where you’ll find a great selection of live music and Mardi Gras specials.

For more information on festivities at Holiday Valley, visit For information about the Chamber’s Mardi Gras parade, visit Turn to page 13 to read more about the downtown parade.

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