January 25, 2013

26 Buses Will Transport Guests at the 
Lake of the Ozarks 
Mardi Gras Pub Crawl
LAKE OF THE OZARKS, MO. - A night of entertainment, food and fun awaits guests, Saturday, Feb. 16, at the 12th Annual Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl.
Photo by Rita Rose, courtesy of LakeExpo.com

The 12th Annual Mardi Gras Pub Crawl has become one of the Lake's most popular winter activities and continues to draw increasingly larger crowds each year. Last year, the event had an estimated attendance of over 6,000, with even more expected this year.


"Our festival is helping to attract more and more winter visitors to the Lake every year," said Mardi Gras Pub Crawl organizer Jeff Carroll. "A lot of people who attend the festival reserve a room and schedule a weekend getaway around the event. This year, with Presidents' Day, they'll have a three-day weekend to shop, sightsee and explore. Winter is a beautiful time at the Lake and this event allows us to showcase a lot of the great things we have to offer. We have great fishing in the winter. We're the home of the largest outlet mall in Missouri. We also have five wineries and two state parks. And if the weather is good, you can golf at one or more of our 15 area courses. And I'm only mentioning a few of the attractions we have in the area. I think visitors are discovering that the Lake of the Ozarks is a year-around travel destination." 


Photo by Rita Rose, courtesy of LakeExpo.com

Eleven years ago, the Mardi Gras Pub Crawl started with just eight locations and four 16-passenger buses. This year, patrons will have the convenience of 26 full-sized buses, the variety of 20 nightspots and restaurants and the assurance of a safe, fun evening.


"Our message to our guests is to ride the bus, be safe and have fun," said Carroll. "We're all about safety and responsibility. We just want to make sure that everyone has a good time. I think one of the reasons that our pub crawl is so popular is because we offer safe transportation to and from each location from start to finish. We have a uniformed security guard on each bus and we work closely with the local police department to make sure that when you attend the Mardi Gras Pub Crawl, you can put your keys away and have a fantastic worry-free evening out on the town."


Photo by Rita Rose, courtesy of LakeExpo.com

To ride the buses, festival-goers must purchase a $7 wristband that includes entry into all participating restaurants and nightspots, bus transportation between all pub crawl locations and pick ups/drop offs at participating hotels, motels and resorts. A wristband can be purchased in advance or on the night of the event at restaurants/nightspots on the route.


The fleet of 26 buses will transport attendees on a continuous circuit of all 20 bars and restaurants. The buses will make numerous stops at each venue and will make drop-offs at hotels, motels and resorts. Buses begin departing from partner hotels, motels and resorts at 3 p.m. and will run on the circuit until 2:30 a.m.


Photo by Rita Rose, courtesy of LakeExpo.com

Most Mardi Gras Pub Crawl venues will have live entertainment. Some will feature live rock, blues and country music, while other locations have DJs and/or karaoke. The restaurants on the festival's bus route are an eclectic mix of food options for guests, including Mexican cuisine, prime rib, seafood, Ozark-style barbeque, Chicago-style pizza and much more. Shuttle riders also will be able to collect Mardi Gras beads and other themed souvenirs along the route.


For overnight accommodations, live entertainment and dining options, please visit the festival's website at LakeAreaPubCrawl.com, or visit FunLake.com. For the latest Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl news, like the event's Facebook page at Facebook.com/LakePubCrawl.


Additional information on the Lake of the Ozarks area can be found by contacting the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253) or by visiting FunLake.com.

The winter and spring seasons are loaded with fun fairs, festivals and events at the Lake of the Ozarks. For more information about winter getaway packages, lodging, dining, shopping, events and attractions throughout the Lake area, contact the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitor Bureau at
800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253) or visit the Bureau's website,


FEB. 2


Do you have the chili it takes to win? Enter your chili in the 5th Annual Chili for Charity Cook-off or attend as a chili aficionado to help raise money for Citizens Against Domestic Violence. Held at Tan-Tar-A Resort from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 2, the event will have live music, a cash bar, great raffle items, a cake walk, chili dogs, kids' activities and games, face painting, and more. Tickets are $5 and include samples of all the chili. Chili entries and vendor entries are $50 apiece. For more event and registration information, call 573-346-9630 or visit tinyurl.com/CADV-chili-cookoff.


FEB. 23


Make a dash into some possibly frigid waters for charity or just come to cheer on your friends who decide to take the Polar Plunge on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Lake of the Ozarks State Park's Grand Glaize Beach (Public Beach No. 2) in Osage Beach. Aside from the potentially "unbearably" chilly water, this is an event all about fun and fundraising. Crazy costumes, music and loads of laughs are all apart of this festival to benefit local athletes competing in the Special Olympics. To find out more about this event, call 573-256-6367 or visit TinyURL.com/LakePolarPlunge on the web.


MARCH 8 & 9


Liverpool LegendsFor the fifth straight year, the world-famous Beatles tribute band, the Liverpool Legends, will appear at the Main Street Music Hall in Osage Beach. The Liverpool Legends will perform their memorable show each evening (March 8 & 9) at 8 p.m. The band will take their audience on a journey through the Beatles' entire career, as well as the music catalogues of individual Beatles members. Tickets are available from the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitor Bureau. Premium seats are $30 for adults and children; regular reserved seating is $25 for adults and $20 for children. The venue will sell out quickly, so it's recommended that music fans call to get tickets early. For more information, call 800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253) or visit the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitor Bureau's website,  FunLake.com


MARCH 23 & 24


Fishermen interested in participating in the Buddy Bass Tournament on March 23 and 24 at Alhonna Resort (677 Outer Dr. on land or the 6 Mile Marker on the Lake of the Ozarks) should register now to qualify for an early entry fee. The entry fee is $100 per each two-person team. An additional $10 fee can be paid to participate in the Big Bass Pot for the largest bass caught. This two-day tournament includes a hot breakfast and a 100 percent payout of entry fees. The tournament starts at 7 a.m. each day. Weigh-in times are at 4 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. For more information about tournament registration and lodging, call 573-365-2634 or visit Alhonna.com.   


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The winter and spring seasons are full of exciting travel stories at the Lake of the Ozarks!  For more information, media assistance or high-resolution photography, please call The Beenders-Walker Group toll-free at 800-544-8474 or email Marjorie, Jo, Gene or Kyle.


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