Come one, come all to Ellicottville this weekend, where parties, parades, music and endless fun await during the annual Mardi Gras and Winter Carnival weekend! There’s no better place to spend the weekend as winter winds down.

On Friday night, March 10, come out to Madigan’s for the Second Annual Junior Bacchus Ball. The party is upstairs from 7 to 9 p.m. with New Orleans styled food, music and fun.

During the party, the weekend’s royalty will be crowned by those in attendance. Prizes will be given for costumes and, well, just because you’re there! You could walk out of the party with tickets to a Summer Music Festival concert, gift cards to an Ellicottville establishment, or even a crown. Tickets for the Ball are $30, $35 at the door, and are available throughout Ellicottville’s merchant community, as well as at the Chamber of Commerce and online at Ellicottvilleny.com.

The crown that could be placed on your head leads to the annual parade tradition, as the winners will be toward the front of the parade. The 25th Anniversary edition will be Grand Marshalled in honor of “King” Ken Brown, and members of his 700 Club will lead the procession.

Floats and walkers will be strolling the street, as will the Renegade Drum Corps, from Lancaster, to make the festivities complete. The parade lines up at 6 p.m. and starts at 6:30 on Saturday night. But there’s more!

Before the parade, musicians will be strolling the streets, stilt walkers will amble around, jugglers, face painting, henna artistry, and even ice sculptors will be around the village as well! Come down and experience Ellicottville and make sure you check out the village starting at 3 p.m.

Saturday before the parade and Sunday, don’t miss the granddaddy of all Holiday Valley events — Winter Carnival. The legendary weekend will be filled with activities for the whole family and plenty of snow to kick-off spring riding season.

Winter Carnival features unique events like the Mardi Gras Costume Parade, Dummy Downhill and the Snowmakers Snowbar.

Stop by the Yodeler lodge Saturday and Sunday for food, drinks and entertainment. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Safety Patrol Cookout will be serving your favorites at the base of Yodeler.

The famous Snowbar, sculpted by Holiday Valley’s snowmaking crew, will be open from 12 to 4:30 p.m. throughout the weekend outside the lodge.

Saturday, inside Yodeler Lodge, partygoers can enjoy music by Mo Porter. On Sunday, the infamous Party Squad will close the weekend with a mix of classic, vintage and new tunes.

Families and friends are encouraged to dress up in their craziest costumes for the annual Costume Parade down Mardi Gras on Sunday. The parade begins at noon and judging will take place at the base of the hill. According to Jane Eshbaugh, Director of Marketing, costumers have included “everything from chairlifts, to the Pope and his Cardinals, to water skiers and a motorboat.”

Although there is tough competition, the best-rated costumes will win season passes for the 2017-18 season. Categories to win include single adults, single children, and groups. To enter the parade, be at the top of Mardi Gras by 11:30 a.m. Don’t forget to stop by Customer Service or Tannenbaum lodge for free face painting.

The Dummy Downhill, a family crowd pleaser, takes place Sunday at 2 p.m. at the bottom of Yodeler slope. Holiday Valley encourages you to build your own dummy for the race. Dummies can be constructed of wood, plastic, cardboard, but no metal is allowed. They must not exceed 6 feet or 40 pounds, and may not be living or breathing. The dummies are paraded through the crowd, pulled up the slope, and then sent down the slope, one by one, over a jump and into a crash wall of snow. The winners are determined by crowd applause. Registration to enter your dummy into the race can be completed online at holidayvalley.com.

Don’t miss this wacky, family-friendly, and definitely fun-filled weekend that is one of the highlights of the season in Ellicottville! For the complete schedule below.


10am – 2pm – Face Painting – Customer Service

10am – 5pm – Safety Patrol Cookout – Base of Yodeler

Noon – 4:30pm  Mountain Crew Snowbar –

Base of Yodeler

4pm – 8pm  Live Entertainment – Mo Porter –

Yodeler Lodge

6:30 pm  Mardi Gras Parade – Downtown Ellicottville


9am – Ski Patrol Pancake Breakfast

Top of Champagne Warming Hut

10am – 2pm – Face Painting

Customer Service

10am – 5pm – Safety Patrol Cookout – Base of Yodeler

11:45am- Line up for Costume Parade

Edelweiss Lean-to on Mardi Gras

Noon – Costume Parade – Mardi Gras

12:15  – Costume Judging – Bottom of Mardi Gras

Noon – Lederhosen Ski Club Hot Dog Cookout – Outside HV Lodge

Noon – Ellicottville Ski Club Wine & Cheese Party – Outside HV Lodge

Noon – 4:30pm – Mountain Crew Snowbar

Base of Yodeler

2pm – Dummy Downhill

Base of Yodeler – $5 Entry Fee

4pm – 8pm  Live Entertainment – Party Squad

Yodeler Lodge