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Q: Mardi Gras Celebration this Saturday...IN THE NORTHEAST! ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Mardi Gras Celebration this Saturday...IN THE NORTHEAST!
Category: Sports and Recreation > Travel
Asked by: yorker-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 19 Feb 2004 11:03 PST
Expires: 20 Mar 2004 11:03 PST
Question ID: 308467
I am looking for a Mardi Gras celebration to go to this weekend,
February 20-22. Ideally it would be a big parade, but given the other
requirements (see below) I probably can't be too picky. I need to find
somepace to go that:

1) is located within no more than a single two-and-a-half hour plane
flight from New York (ie, north of Atlanta) (closer is better)

2) has at least one event on Saturday the 21st (more is better, parades are better)

A five star answer will be timely (ie, by midnight your time tonight
(Thursday the 19th), and give me a least two choices, including
parades. A four star answer will give me one or more acceptable
choices. A three star answer will at least provide some viable
options, even if they're not ideal. Less than that doesn't do me much
good. Thanks!
Subject: Re: Mardi Gras Celebration this Saturday...IN THE NORTHEAST!
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 19 Feb 2004 12:34 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello yorker-ga,

From an in-depth look at both internet and news sources, it seems
pretty clear that most of the Mardi Gras activities this weekend are
being left to warmer climes.  However, there are a few events in the
(hopefully thawing) northeast that meet your criteria.

I've listed them below.  If anything here is not clear, or if you need
additional information, just let me know by posting a Request for
Clarification, and I'll be happy to assist you further.

Have a ball!



Judging by its internet presence (and the absence of very many other
options), your best bet would seem to be the Magic Hat Mardi Gras
parade and party in Burlington, VT:

Flights are available from LaGuardia and Newark, and take a bit more than an hour.


Here's another description of the events:

Magic Hat Mardi Gras Parade & Block Party
Annual Burlington Vermont Winter Event
Intriguing float designs stroll up Church Street to the sounds of rock
bands and brass orchestras.  Authentic Louisiana Moonpies, Lake
Champlain Chocolates, and bead necklaces.

An outdoor concert featuring national talent completes the afternoon.
All festivities are free.

When? Saturday, February 21, 2004

Where? Church Street, Burlington, Vermont

More Information? 802-658-2739


And yet another description:

Over 40 floats take part in the Magic Hat Mardi Gras Parade in
Burlington, which is followed by parties and live music. Sponsored by
local brewery Magic Hat, the festivities raise money for the town's
Women's Rape Crisis Center. The best float wins a two-day ski trip for
ten people at Smuggler's Notch ski resort

On Friday night a Masquerade Ball takes place at Higher Ground in
nearby Winooski. The parade follows on Saturday in downtown
Burlington. After the parade, a block party fills the streets of
downtown - a street party in the snow intended for the whole family.


If you want to haul yourself up to Maine, there's another fun-filled
extravaganza in Hallowell:

The Mardi Gras celebration on Saturday offers a way to help beat the winter blues. 

Besides all the special events planned, including jester face-painting
and mask creations at the American Legion hall on Second Street, the
event will feature bands in almost every night spot and a parade.


Right in NYC, you have:

Mardi Gras Feb. 19 - 24

500 pounds of beads from New Orleans
specials on hurricanes and hand grenades

Who's on First?
1683 First Ave. 
(between 87th & 88th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 410-2780 


This one, in Rhode Island, almost rises to the level of a parade:

THE 12TH ANNUAL MARDI GRAS BALL, a two night extravaganza, will be
held on Friday, Feb. 20 and Saturday, Feb. 21.

Friday night features performances from Geno Delafose & French Rockin'
Boogie, Roy Carrier & the Night Rockers, and Jesse Lege & Bayou Brew.

On Saturday night, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Terrance Simien &
the Mallet Playboys, and Leroy Thomas & the Zydeco Roadrunners, bring
the house down. The ball runs from 7:30 p.m. to midnight both nights
at the Rhodes on the Pawtuxet Ballroom, 60 Rhodes Place, Cranston,
R.I. Advance tickets may be purchased by sending a check or money
order with self-addressed stamped envelope to Lagniappe Productions,
255 Holly Rd., Wakefield, R.I. 02879. For more information and
directions, call (401) 783-3926, or see the website


A few other, scattered events, not quite on par with those listed above:

Coopers Mardi Gras Beer Dinner 
  location: Scranton - Pennsylvania
date: Saturday, February 21 2004 
venue: Coopers Seafood HOuse 
phone: 570-346-6883 

Our chefs will be preparing a mouth watering 5 course feast
accompanied by the biermeisters personal ale choices. This is one
party you will not want to miss!

- Dixie-land Music -
- Beads -
- Giveaways -

49.95 per person. Tax and gratuity included.
Reservations required through catering dept. Mon-Fri 9-5
Contact Mary or Karen @ (570) 346-7049


Mardi Gras Costume Ball
Saturday, February 21

7:00pm - 11:00pm
St Jude Parish Center
Mount Olive, NJ

  Come Enjoy a Taste of New Orleans Parade
- Dinner -
Dessert B. Y. O. B.   Music by: Encore Entertainment Tickets: $25 per
person - $40 per couple For Tickets Call: Chris Graziano 908-979-3375
Joe Barrett 973-691-1570


Philly's planning what looks to be a quiet, Sunday event:

Mardi Gras creeps back to South St., cautiously

After two years of paying penance for a Mardi Gras celebration that
exploded on South Street, merchants on the funky street are changing

On Sunday night, a new party, the Love Carnival Masquerade, will be
celebrated in selected bars on the east end of the street.


Shirley, Mass.,1413,112~6013~1954131,00.html

Mardi Gras celebration at St. Anthony's

SHIRLEY -- St. Anthony of Padua church choir is sponsoring a Mardi
Gras celebration on Feb. 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Parish Hall on
Chapel Street in Shirley.

There will be a fabulous five-course meal with our superb local talent
entertaining during each course.

From soup to nuts, and from laughter to song, it will be a memorable
night of joyful companionship. Old songs and new, old jokes and new,
even a visit from HMS Pinafore.


Lindenhurst, NY

Mardi Gras!

Saint Boniface Episcopal Church is selling tickets for it's Fourth
Annual Mardi Gras celebration on Friday, February 20. It will be held
from 7 to 11 pm in the parish hall at 100 46th Street in Lindenhurst.
There will be music, dancing, a buffet, door prizes and a 50/50
raffle. Costumes are optional but there will be prizes for Best
Costume. Wear a mask and join in the fun! Tickets are $25 per person,
$20 for ages 16-20. Please call 957-2666 or fax (631) 957-2665 for
more information or tickets.


A Mardi Gras ball near Baltimore, but the sign says "Sold Out":


Again, let me know if you need additional information on anything here.

search strategy:  Google and Google News searches on:

"mardi gras" february 2004
"mardi gras" -orleans -alabama
"mardi gras" ny
"mardi gras" boston
yorker-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Bingo! Exactly what the doctor ordered, and we're off to Burlington
for this year's Mardi Gras parade! Thanks for some great and timely

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