The 12th anniversary for the Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl will be from 4 p.m. – 1:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 16. It is not only expected to be the largest ever held at the Lake—it's also likely to be the largest in the world.
"According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest pub crawl had 2,800 participants. Last year, we sold 5,700+ wristbands for the Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl, and this year we're hoping to attract 6,500 people," says event organizer Jeff Carroll. "So even though our pub crawl isn't certified by Guinness, it's got to be the world's largest."
During the Pub Crawl, visitors will safely ride 22 busses to 20 participating bars and restaurants. Six smaller shuttle busses also will transport "crawlers" from participating lodging properties, starting at 3 p.m.
Throughout the evening, buses will make a continuous loop along Highway 54, Osage Beach Parkway and Business Highway 54, stopping at each venue. Restaurant stops will offer great food from Ozarks barbecue to Chicago-style pizza, prime rib and seafood to Mexican favorites and more. The bars will offer live rock, blues and country music, as well as DJ's and karaoke. Visitors will be able to collect plenty of Mardi Gras beads and souvenirs along the way.
Wristbands, which allow wearers to enter all 20 restaurants and board the busses, will cost $7 and will be available at participating bars and restaurants. Wristbands must be purchased in order to enter all of the participating establishments. Participants must be 21 years old to purchase wristbands. However, Carroll notes, "Even if you are wearing a wristband, you'll still have to show your ID at Pub Crawl bars and restaurants." He adds, on Pub Crawl evening, you must wear a wristband to be allowed in to participating establishments. Collectible Pub Crawl T-shirts will be available for $20.
"A lot of people wear these and check off the places they've visited, which are listed on the back of the shirt," Carroll says.
To assure everyone has a fun and safe experience, a security guard will be aboard every bus. "Participating bars and restaurants will have extra security for the night and a fire marshal at the door to make sure they don't exceed the legal capacity," Carroll says.
"With the help of local police and Liquor Control plus area lodging properties, we work hard to make sure the Pub Crawl is a success for everyone involved. Plus it's a great value," Carroll notes. "For just $7 you've paid the cover charge to 20 bars and restaurants, and you can let someone else do the driving."
For a list of lodging facilities offering Pub Crawl discounts, as well as details about the 2013 Mardi Gras Pub Crawl, please visit www.lakepubcrawl.com.
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