The throngs descended on South Main Street and Bernice Garden on Saturday for the annual SoMa Mardi Gras Parade
and the 5th Annual Root Cafe/Arkansas Times Beard and Mustache Contest
. As usual, ace photographer Rett Peek was on the scene to capture handsome portraits of all the contest participants. And our own Brian Chilson was on the scene to grab shots of the rest of the revelry.
St. Michael's Episcopal Church
won the parade float contest.
Beard and Mustache winners:
Best in Show and Lifetime Achievement Award for Best Groomed Beard: Patrick Otto
Most Original Beard: Mark McCluskey
Shave-in Fullest Beard: Jake Snowden
Lifetime Achievement Award for Best Mustache: Asa Harvey
Lifetime Achievement Award for Best Santa Claus: Mark Knoke
Lifetime Achievement Award for Best Natural Beard under 6-inches: Jonathan Freyer
Best Lifetime Achievement Award for Best Natural Beard Over Six-Inches: Adam Cocchiaro
Best DIY Created Beard: Kristin Alexander