Mardi Gras: Grab your beads and boas and gather your Krewes

  • Friday, February 7, 2014

The second annual Mardi Gras parade and party will be held on Fat Tuesday, March 4 in beautiful downtown Georgetown.

The event is being sponsored by the Georgetown Business Association, the Cultural Council of Georgetown County, and the S.C. Maritime Museum.

Anyone who wants to participate in the parade should join us at 6 p.m. at Georgetown's historic Town Clock on Front Street. At 6:15 the parade will begin, led by last year's Mardi Gras King, Kevin Jayroe. We'll walk the sidewalk from Screven to King Street, turn around and walk the opposite side of the street back to Screven.

Groups or individuals who would like to participate should adorn themselves with colorful and eye-popping Mardi Gras attire, such as beads, boas, feathers, masks, sequins, hats, umbrellas and balloons. Start scouring your closet, the local thrift shops and discount stores for these items and more.

Try to get 10 of your friends or your organization to form a Krewe, such as The Maryville Krewe or the St. Mary's Krewe. If you do, contact Kevin Jayroe at Bienvenue Home, 814 Front St., (843) 318-1439, and he'll see that you get recognized.

After the parade, the party starts at 7 p.m. at the Maritime Museum at 729 Front St. Admission is $20 per person, unless you are a member of a Krewe. Krewe members are admitted for $15 per person.

Your admission fee covers Cajun Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, a variety of delicious food from area restaurants, the traditional King Cake and Moon Pies, beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages.

Everyone at the party will cast their ballots for this year's Mardi Gras King and Queen, best Krewe, and best costume.

Participation in the parade is free, whether or not you plan to attend the party.

Tickets to the party may be purchased at the following locations: Bienvenue Home (814 Front St.), Cultural Council of Georgetown County (922 Front St), Clock Tower Books (105 Screven St.), or the S.C. Maritime Museum (729 Front St.). Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

For questions, contact Debby Summey (843) 446-4777 or email at djsummey@gmail.com.

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