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Special Events

Welcome to the City of El Centro's Special Events webpage! The City is excited to be able to host a variety of Special Events for our entire community to enjoy.
Christmas Tree Lighting
What a great opportunity for our community to come together to participate in traditional celebrations of the season! Our City Mayor will lead the countdown to reveal a giant Christmas Tree covered in lights and decorations. While enjoying cookies and hot chocolate everyone can listen to the delightful music of local choirs and performances. Santa Claus will make a dramatic appearance atop the El Centro Fire Engine and will bear gifts for hundreds of children at the event.
City of El Centro King and Queen Nominations 



The City of El Centro is soliciting public nominations for 2020 Mardi Gras King & Queen! The distinction is held by one prominent male and female within the El Centro community. The King and Queen will host the City of El Centro’s Mardi Gras King & Queen Coronation reception to be held on January 16, 2020. They will also participate in interviews with various media entities to promote the Mardi Gras Light Parade & Street Festival and ride on the last float in the Mardi Gras Parade on February 22, 2020.

 Nominations are due by 5:00 p.m. on December 13, 2019 and are to be submitted to the El Centro Community Center located at 375 S. 1st Street in El Centro. Eligible candidates may live and/or work in El Centro. You may download the application online below or pick up a nomination form at the El Centro Community Center.  For more information, please call 760-337-4555.  Please attach endorsements, letters of support, biographies, and any other pertinent documents.






 Mardi Gras Light Parade & Street Festival



 The City of El Centro's Signature Event is the Mardi Gras Light Parade & Street Festival! The City of El Centro recreates the world famous Mardi Gras with a Lighted Parade and Street Fair. The traditional themed colors of purple, green, and gold encompass the entire Downtown area. Our whole community eagerly anticipates the parade, street festival, glittery costumes, lights, masks and beads. Come and enjoy Jazz music and New Orleans style cuisine. Celebrating New Orleans tradition with a Light Parade & Street Festival creates an exciting and fun evening for the entire family.


Forms and Information

Performer Information

Vendor Applications & Rules

Parade Entry Form