Gold, green and purple will litter the streets of Marda Loop this weekend as the community’s annual street festival gets underway.

Festival co-ordinators are hoping 33rd and 34th avenues will be jam packed Sunday with Marda Gras-goers, said festival co-chair Pamela Tchida Kupidy.

“We’ve got two stages of free entertainment, jazz, rhythm and blues, outdoor patios, and it’s just really a day for families to come out and enjoy the sun,” she said.

Along with entertainment, the event has over 170 street vendors — a festival record, said Kupidy.

“We are really, really proud of how many corporations in and outside the community stepped up to the table this year.”

These vendors will be offering everything from authentic Louisiana food to jewelry and fashion, as well as a mini Calgary Farmers’ Market, she said.

Organizers are encouraging Calgarians to take transit to the event; however, Southland Transportation will be shuttling people back and forth from the Military Museums, where parking will be free.

The festivities kick off at 10 a.m. and the events are free and open to the public.